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Plans for a new bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ont., named after hockey great Gordie Howe, will increase the flow of goods between Canada and the U.S. But Canada’s current trade war with the United States means the country should diversify its economy by relying less on its southern neighbour. HE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley

Beyond NAFTA: Canada must find new global markets

Is Canada ready for a scenario where the North American Free Trade Agreement is scrapped? The tense negotiations with the United States are a chance for Canada to diversify its trade partnerships.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C. in October 2017. Trump’s tariffs on Canadian aluminum and steel simply reflect a broader U.S. philosophy on international trade, and that doesn’t bode well for Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

How Trump’s tariffs are much bigger than Trump

The underlying problem with Donald Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum isn't Trump. It's the increasing willingness by the U.S. to impose its will on its neighbours amid rising economic nationalism.
President Donald Trump makes a comment at the White House in March 2018, when he signed proclamations on steel and aluminum imports. Watching as Trump leaves are, from left, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

It’s time to call the bluff on the ‘Bluffer-in-Chief’

Donald Trump's 'Art of the Deal' may be all about talking tough, bluffing and bullying, but as any poker player knows, there comes a time to call a bluff. If there ever was such a time, this is it.
Ambassador of China to Canada Lu Shaye is photographed at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Ottawa on May 24, 2018, following the announcement that Canada had turned down China’s takeover bid for Aecon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Canada’s disturbing lack of vision on dealing with a rising China

In the wake of the Canadian government's rejection of a Chinese takeover bid for construction company Aecon, Canada must drop the 'Red Scare' rhetoric and figure out how to engage with a rising China.
Whether or not China and the US are successful in negotiating out of a trade war and restoring the integrated global economy, there will still be strategic tensions between the nations. THOMAS PETER / AAP

What’s at stake in the tariff negotiations between the US and China

We modelled a number of scenarios showing all increases in US or Chinese trade protection would cause international trade, and the global economy more generally, to shrink.
In this November 2017 photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping prepare to shake their hands after a joint news conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The China-U.S. trade conflict is about far more than trade; it’s about American efforts to change how China deals with the world. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The China-U.S. conflict is about much more than trade

The recent U.S. trade mission to China failed, allowing no space for future compromise. What follows will likely be much more than a simple trade war.

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