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.

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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.