Shipping containers are loaded onto a ship at the Port of Long Beach in California.
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The Trump administration wants China to cut its trade deficit with the US by more than half. An economist explains why that's not going to happen.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and his team meeting international investors and business leaders in London.
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South Africa's relations with the US could sour under President Trump.
Tariffs like those Trump is about to sign are the wrong way to fight intellectual property theft.
Unfair competition law offers a more effective, targeted strategy to persuade China to play by the rules.
In this November 2017 photo, U.S. President Donald Trump talks to Chinese President Xi Jinping during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The brewing China-U.S. trade conflict features two leaders who have expressed friendship but are equally determined to pursue their nation’s interests.
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“Honesty is the best policy” is hardly a hallmark of the Trump régime, so China would have been smart to pursue a more honest, less manipulative path in its simmering trade war with the U.S.
There were interesting developments in the tit-for-tat tariff announcements between the US and China this week.
Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke of plans to further open up the Chinese economy this week - and the world economy should hope US president Trump feels vindicated by this.
US President Donald Trump’s vision of the global economy as a zero-sum game is at odds with Australia’s experience.
To really show its pro-trade colours, Australia's government should stop flirting with Trump's new anti-trade wave.
Unfortunately for the RBA, the health of the economy is not measured on the Geologic Time Scale.
The Reserve Bank is clinging to sunny GDP forecasts, but stubbornly low inflation and low wage growth mean even these look weak.
Business such as California winemakers could be hurt by the new tariffs as a result of retaliation.
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While the tariffs are unlikely to stem Chinese intellectual property theft or reverse the steep trade deficit, they are certain to hurt American companies and consumers.
Foreign goods wait to be unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles.
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A global trade war seems well underway as China and the US exchange targeted tariff attacks. An economist explains what they are, how they work and why they matter.
There’s a reason investors don’t like trade wars.
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President Trump says 'trade wars are good,' but history tells a very different story.
Trump has made pushing protectionism since the campaign.
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The idea that the US is historically a free trading country is a myth. Here's why that's a good thing.
US President Donald Trump in 2017 and George W. Bush in 2008.
On March 1, Donald Trump imposed a series of steel and aluminum tariffs. To understand their potential impact, it's instructive to look at what happened after George W. Bush enacted similar measures in 2002.
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.
Apple’s products would be a lot more expensive if the U.S. didn’t trade with China.
The president said he's considering ending trade with any country that does business with North Korea. Here's why that will never happen.
The U.S. is slapping tariffs on China-made aluminum, which could lead to a trade war.
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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?
Chrysler auto assembly workers work on the line assembling Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos in Detroit, Michigan.
The administration's objectives for NAFTA negotiations with Canada and Mexico, set to begin in August, will do little to help American workers, let alone create shared prosperity across the continent.
A worker at an auto parts plant in Orion Township, Michigan, lifts coiled steel into place.
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The president has promised to put a stop to foreign companies 'dumping' steel on US markets. Former President Bush tried the same thing, and here's what happened.
A lot is riding on the first head-to-head meeting between Trump and Xi.
Nothing less than the fate of the global economy lies in the balance as the two strong-willed leaders sit down for their first one-on-one meeting.
There may be trouble ahead.
US accusations of German currency manipulation do not appear to be motivated by economics.
Trump prefers his trade negotiations to be tête-à-tête.
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Trade under Trump will mean more bilateral agreements, hard bargaining and ultimatums, a sharp departure from Obama's multilateral, win-win approach.