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Is there still room for the U.S.? AP Photo/Esteban Felix

What is the TPP and can the US get back in?

Trump, who withdrew the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership when he became president, briefly appeared to consider joining the trade accord again.
More Chinese wines are finding their way into the liquor aisle. AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel

How China’s winemakers succeeded (without stealing)

As the US celebrates Wine Day, China's young winemakers are a reminder of the power and value of cameraderie and cooperation in this age-old industry.
Bill Shorten announced this week that a Labor government would triple penalties for dumping cheap overseas products in the Australian market. Tony McDonough/AAP

Shorten’s plan to triple anti-dumping penalties misunderstands the law

Bill Shorten has proposed tripling penalties for dumping cheap overseas products like steel into the Australian market. But this proposal suggests a failure to understand dumping and its regulation.
A farmer harvest his soybean field in Loami, Ill. AP Photo/Seth Perlman

Why China’s soybean tariffs matter

There's a good reason China took aim at US soybean exports when it announced its latest list of retaliatory tariffs.
Foreign goods wait to be unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles. AP Photo/Nick Ut

What is a tariff? An economist explains

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.
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.

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