Trade and Development

Will China-U.S. Tariff Tensions Become a Trade War?

Posturing? Dispute? Trade war? No matter how you choose to describe it, the imposition of tariffs by the U.S. and China is causing ripples around the globe. Is it possible that the two economic juggernauts are actually on the verge of a trade war? How much of the rhetoric from Washington and Beijing is actually leading to policy changes and how is this affecting overall U.S.-China relations?

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Return of the TPP: Trump Realizing Trade Deal Aligns with Goals on China

Last week, President Trump asked his trade team to look at rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), now known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). President Trump pulled out of TPP in January 2017, after sharply criticizing it.

By leaving the trade agreement, the U.S. forfeited strategic advantages and economic benefits. It gave up leadership of a group of 11 growing and friendly economies in one of the world’s most dynamic economic regions, where China is asserting its economic prowess.

Trade and Development in Mexico: A Conversation with Graciela Márquez Colín

The Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute and the Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center were pleased to host a conversation with Graciela Márquez Colín on trade and economic development in Mexico. This event was the first of our 2018 election series featuring advisers to Mexico's top presidential candidates. 

Death of a Bromance?

As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prepares to visit Washington later this month, it’s clear that his upcoming meeting with President Trump won’t be an easy one, to say the least. At his previous meetings with the U.S. president, issues of potential conflict were averted to concentrate instead on the positive relationship. This time around, though, conflict will be inevitable since there will be a number of must-gets by Abe in order for the talks to be deemed as a success.

Trump, Trudeau, and Peña Nieto Cannot Let NAFTA Fail

America urgently needs an immediate breakthrough in the negotiations to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) before elections in Mexico and the United States close the window for progress until next year. Letting this moment pass could seriously harm U.S. farmers, businesses and workers and add uncertainty to relations with America’s two largest export markets, Canada and Mexico.

In Africa, It’s Not Just China Eating America’s Lunch

For years, the United States has warily eyed China’s forays into Africa. Most recently, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made headlines for criticizing China’s aggressive commercial strategy during his visit to the continent last month. But it is not only China that is outpacing the United States in capitalizing on Africa’s growing economic importance—and absent greater investor interest and U.S. Government support, American businesses will take a backseat in Africa’s increasingly important markets.

T骨牛排刀中国:与Novam Portam合伙人麦克德翰姆的对话

提问:今年一月,阿根廷大使迭戈·格拉尔到访中国时庆祝了一项有关阿根廷牛肉出口到中国的“历史性”协议。在您看来,中阿贸易关系发生了怎样的变化?

回答:毛利西奥·马德里总统已经在致力于农业向出口方向的转型,这是他(阿根廷)经济改革议程的关键。去年,在阿根廷国家食品监督管理局(SENASA)与中国国家质量监督检验检疫总局(阿根廷质量监督检疫总局)长期磋商之后,阿根廷高质量带骨肉生产商,如T骨牛排、排骨等生产商,第一次进入中国市场。此前,阿根廷只能出口较低质量的加工牛肉。

提问:阿根廷牛肉出口到中国的潜力如何?在长达几十年的与口蹄疫有关的禁令后,阿根廷贸易谈判代表一直在努力帮助阿根廷牛肉重新进入美国市场,并促使欧盟提高南美牛肉在欧盟-南方共同市场自由贸易协定中的拟定配额,中国市场是否可以缓解阿根廷贸易谈判代表的压力?

Is America Ready for a Trade War with China?

China today announced its willingness to impose retaliatory tariffs on American imports if the Trump administration follows through on threats to place 25% duties on 50 billion dollars’ worth of Chinese products. The table is set for a noxious trade war. It’s time to move to the negotiating table.

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