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Shenzhen: From Fishing Village to Global Metropolis

In the 1980s, the southern Chinese coastal city of Shenzhen was not much more than a small fishing village, home to some 30,000 hearty souls eking out a living barely above the subsistence level.

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Maryland’s Plan to Hatch Foreign Investment

On the third floor of a nondescript office building in a busy commercial strip in College Park, Maryland, foreign-owned start-ups can get a boost at the Maryland International Incubator

Map of the TPP countries

TPP: What’s the Big Deal?

TPP is significant because it constitutes the largest regional trade agreement ever implemented outside of the WTO. TPP was negotiated among 12 countries on both sides of the Pacific. Those countries together generate roughly 40% of global economic output (GDP).

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Picture Trade Beautifully

The Observatory of Economic Complexity offers a tool that is as beautiful as it is educational (not mention fun to use), enabling users to “quickly compose a visual narrative about countries and the products they exchange.”


Giving New Meaning to “Trading Blocs”

The World Bank offers an easy way to visualize trade flows between countries and regions searching by geography or product using its database, the World Integrated Trade Solution.

China’s Lagging Services Economy

Services represent just under 50% of gross domestic product in China compared with 63% in Russia, 70% in Brazil, and 52% in India. China could rebalance export oriented growth if it adopts a more open and transparent services economy.

Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA)

The services sector is the world’s largest employer and produces 70 percent of global domestic product (GDP). But the last major trade in services agreement was concluded by WTO Members more than twenty years ago.

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What Americans Think About Trade and Trade Agreements

While anti-trade rhetoric has been a regular feature of the U.S. political landscape, opinion polls show that Americans are not in fact generally opposed to trade or trade agreements with other nations.