We benefit most when we focus on exporting the goods and services we are the most efficient at producing.
Smaller businesses contribute a huge amount of Australia's national output but a tiny proportion of our exports.
Trump will soon learn the costs of going it alone on trade.
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American lawmakers in the 1930s learned the hard way what happens when a country raises tariffs and makes other unilateral trade decisions.
Australia’s Trade Minister Steven Ciobo speaking after a meeting for the Trans Pacific Partnership in Vietnam.
Many provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership have been suspended after the United States pulled out. But there's still much to debate about the regional free trade agreement.
Australian Manuka honey may have to be called something else.
New Zealand is currently pushing to certify and protect Manuka honey. Should Australia follow suit with King Island Beef?
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, sitting at the president’s right, announced the China trade deal.
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The Trump administration's new deal with China, which won't benefit many workers, shows the pitfalls of pursuing bilateral agreements at the expense of multilateral ones like NAFTA.
Africa needs to improve governance, build infrastructure, and reduce trade barriers to achieve inclusive growth.
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The need to connect African markets to aid development will once again be discussed at the World Economic Forum. The debate needs to move beyond the usual rhetoric.
The wide gap between the two leaders was in full display back in August, when candidate Trump visited Mexico.
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A former ambassador to Mexico explains how Trump's rhetoric is sparking a backlash that could endanger U.S. economic and national security.
America first, but at what cost?
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Trump's 'America first' rhetoric implies that the internationalism and ‘enlightened self-interest’ that built the postwar order was a big mistake. The evidence and basic economics disagree.
Trump shows off the executive order withdrawing the U.S. from the TPP.
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Trump formally pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and signaled his intention to begin renegotiating NAFTA. Here's some context.
An aerial view of workers at a factory in one of Kenya’s export processing zones near the capital Nairobi.
Africa needs to learn from the experiences of others who have negotiated free trade pacts. In particular it needs to ensure its process is inclusive and does not pander to a few special interests.
TPP’s death may make patrolling the South China Sea more dangerous.
The main arguments in favor of the TPP were economic. But there's another reason the Trump administration should rethink its promise to nix it: Its demise will weaken US national security.
Countries looking to make new deals may be apprehensive about encountering political hostility akin to that garnered by the TPP.
A stalled Trans-Pacific Partnership opens the way for China, which was excluded from the agreement, to assume leadership in regional economic integration efforts in the Asia-Pacific.
TPP is on the ropes, and now two EU trade deals – known by acronyms TTIP and CETA – may soon join the Pacific agreement.
Most Western trade agreements – past and present – appear to be in doubt amid an anti-globalization backlash.
Anti-trade sentiment has been on the rise.
President Obama still believes there's hope to pass the 12-nation TPP deal before he leaves office, but the chances seem very slim.
Clinton and Trump.
The major presidential candidates each gave an economic address this week. Get behind the problems they identified and the promises they made with this roundup of key coverage from our archive.
Trump talks trade and U.S. economic independence in Monessen, Pennsylvania.
Trump's claims about free trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership generally don't hold water.
Africa will feel the loss of the EU’s influence in its relationship with Britain.
Britain's decision to leave the EU will fundamentally affect Africa's relationship with UK in a way that will be damaging to all.
South African President Jacob Zuma arrives at a European Union-South Africa summit in 2012.
It's unclear what South Africa's attitude will be to negotiating new deals with the UK and the EU. In the past seven years it has lost its appetite for trade deals, particularly with the developed world.
A progressive tag team to save the TPP?
Leading progressives including Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have been very vocal in opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Here's why they should get on board.
Recommendations on intellectual property are likely to be filed away.
The Productivity Commission's draft report on Australia's intellectual property system is good. Shame it is likely to be still-born.