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Foreign goods wait to be unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles. AP Photo/Nick Ut

What is a tariff? An economist explains

President Trump recently imposed steep tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum. An economist explains what they are, how they work and why they matter.
President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

3 key quotes from Trump’s first State of the Union, explained

Trump touted his administration's economic successes and laid out his immigration plan in an 80-minute speech to Congress. Our experts weigh in.
U.S. Navy ships operate in formation in the South China Sea. (U.S. Navy)

Davos oblivious to one of free trade’s gravest threats

China's actions in the South China Sea are getting scant attention at Davos. But if the Chinese set a precedent for other rogue nations, there will be a profound impact on global free trade.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire, meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, before dinner at the G20 Leaders Summit in Hangzhou, China in September 2016. Trudeau is in China to discuss a trade deal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Why there won’t be a ‘progressive’ Canada-China trade deal

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in China to discuss a trade deal. It's laughable for Canada to believe it can negotiate a "progressive" trade agenda with the Chinese.
U.S. President Donald Trump, right, talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May in Italy in May at a G7 summit. Trump has crowed about a “very quick” U.S.-U.K. trade deal. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

A ‘quick’ British-American trade deal? NAFTA suggests not a chance

Donald Trump views himself as a deal-maker, so the prospect of a "quick" trade deal between the U.K. and the U.S. seems unlikely, despite the American president's earlier optimism.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during the leaders’ retreat at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, Saturday, 11 November 2017. AAP

Australia’s tenuous place in the new global economy

The latest report from the Committee for Economic Development of Australia points to shifting global winds on globalisation and free trade. What can Australia do to continue to weather the storm?
The U.S. is slapping tariffs on China-made aluminum, which could lead to a trade war. AP Photo/Paul Sakuma

Why the US shouldn’t start a trade war with China

Some fear that recent actions against China taken by the Trump administration mean we're on the verge of a trade war. What would be the cost?

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