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On Whose Turf Will the Trade War Be Fought?

While President Trump believes China’s large trade surplus shifts the balance of power in a tariff war to the United States, China can respond by punishing U.S. affiliates, who are sitting ducks in a trade war.

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China No Longer Treasures the World’s Garbage: The WTO Provides a Place to Trash Talk

Approximately one-third of the scrap recycled in the United States is exported. China is our largest customer.

North Korea-China Trade Ties: North Korea’s Life Jacket is Becoming China’s Straight Jacket

The North Korean regime continues to amass missile and nuclear technologies, through a combination of global licit and illicit transactions. North Korea trades for currency, for fuel, and for military materiel to preserve its power. Will expanded sanctions choke off revenue for weapons programs, or will continued trade ties with China throw North Korea a lifeline?

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Trade Policy Without Innovation is Only Half a Strategy

If the Trump administration confronts China over unfair trade practices it will need to ignore handwringing from trade groups, but the action will still offer only half of a solution. It generally doesn’t help when you are losing a race to complain that your competitors are running too fast. To stay in the lead, you have to pick up the pace.

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America’s Ranchers Get a Hoof in the Door of China’s Beef Market

In 2016, American ranchers sold $6.3 billion worth of beef overseas, finding its way into traditional meat dishes from yakiniku in Japan to tacos al carbon in Mexico, and bulgogi in South Korea. And now, thanks to a new trade deal, they can sell beef to China too.

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How to Deal with the Question of China

Confirmation of Robert Lighthizer as USTR is still pending but some of his views on China were revealed at his hearing. The WTO may not have all the tools needed to address China’s industrial policies so the Trump Administration may look for additional new ones.

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Chinese New Year Spending is HUGE

Chinese New Year celebrations kick off on January 28. Despite slowing growth, Chinese consumers will goose their economy buying new holiday clothes, food and drinks for gatherings, and gifts for relatives for the holiday.

This Week at the World Economic Forum

Reading the Tea Leaves

If you’re like most Americans, you are more familiar with Davos Seaworth from Game of Thrones than with the little ski town of Davos, Switzerland. But this week in Switzerland, China’s president and a representative from Mr. Trump’s Administration both said they’d like to avoid a trade war.

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Michael Jordan Scores in China

Michael Jordan’s exploits on the basketball court were legendary, but the former hoops star seems to be showing that he’s got “game” when it comes to the rules of international trade as well.

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Is China a “Market Economy”?

China argues it should be granted “market economy status” by all WTO Members. Some of the world’s major economies, including the United States, think it depends on the specific situation. American producers of industrial commodities such as steel say China is not operating on market principles in their sector.