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Wall Street Journal (April 12)

2018/ 04/ 14 by jd in Global News

“It’s not the Trump Administration, it’s an adventure, and on Thursday there was a glint of good news on trade of all things…. President Trump directed his advisers to examine if the U.S. could negotiate its way back into the Pacific trade deal he walked away from in 2017.” Then again, this might just “another please-the-crowd attempt that will vanish like a tweet.”


Wall Street Journal (April 3)

2018/ 04/ 04 by jd in Global News

“Donald Trump hasn’t been talking about the rising stock market lately, and no wonder. Stocks have given up their earlier gains since the President unveiled his protectionist trade agenda” amid concern over “uncertainty from rising trade tension.” So far, China’s response “is measured, affecting $3 billion in annual trade or about 2% of U.S. goods exports to China, but it sends a pointed message that a larger trade war would hurt American businesses, farmers in particular.” If China subsequently moves to target “America’s biggest exports to China, such as soybeans and Boeing aircraft,” the pain will be much greater.


Washington Post (April 1)

2018/ 04/ 02 by jd in Global News

China “has always been the biggest trade target for Trump. It also appears to be the first country to retaliate to his trade threats, putting pressure on leaders in Washington and Beijing to anticipate each other’s next moves quickly.”


The Economist (March 31)

2018/ 03/ 31 by jd in Global News

“Just six words suffice to sum up President Donald Trump’s approach to trade …make threats, strike deals, declare victory.” But this will not create a victory. “Even if conflict is averted and China gives ground… the result will be a bad one for the world, and for America. That is partly because of Mr Trump’s character. If he thinks he has won one fight, he is likelier to start another. It is also because his policy is founded on wretched economics and dangerous politics.”


Forbes (February 6)

2018/ 02/ 08 by jd in Global News

“The dollar-euro exchange rate is the most important price in the world…. How so? These are two surpassingly large economic areas, and they trade and invest more than enough with each other—such that each imports the other’s entire relative price structure…. Change that exchange rate in a big way—a fifth is plenty big—and all sorts of new decisions will come in terms of where one plans to invest, produce, and sell.”


Reuters (April 14)

2017/ 04/ 16 by jd in Global News

“While individual companies are hesitant to criticize China for fear of backlash, critics from U.S. business groups accuse Beijing of unfairly subsidizing domestic firms and restricting foreign investment into much of the world’s second-biggest economy.” Meanwhile, U.S. business leaders may also be wary of offending President Trump even thought they are concerned given the “skin-deep results from Trump-Xi trade talks.”


Jerusalem Post (February 9)

2017/ 02/ 11 by jd in Global News

A newly signed bilateral investment treaty marks “another milestone in Israel’s newly blossoming relationship with” Japan.  “While celebrations are indeed in order, it is apparent that Israel is only scratching the surface of the potential relationship with Japan, and unless it negotiates the obstacles along the way, will never realize the full potential of trade with the world’s third-largest economy.”



Chicago Tribune (November 30)

2016/ 12/ 02 by jd in Global News

“When Donald Trump takes office, he says, one of his first acts will be to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed trade deal with 11 other nations. Illinois farmers and factory owners are dismayed. China’s thrilled. What does that tell you about the wisdom of Trump’s decision?”


Bloomberg (June 14)

2016/ 06/ 15 by jd in Global News

“The shipping industry is struggling through its worst recession in half a century, and that icon of globalization — the mega-container ship — is a major part of the problem. With global growth and trade still sluggish, and the benefits of sailing and docking big boats diminishing with each new generation, ship owners are belatedly realizing that bigger isn’t better.”


Financial Times (April 3)

2016/ 04/ 04 by jd in Global News

“The tide in the debate over the UK’s continued membership of the EU is turning against those campaigning to remain. This is not surprising, but the weakness of their arguments is puzzling.”  Relying on scare tactics and narrow appeals to economic arguments misses the mark. “The main economic factors in favour of EU are not trade, but research, science and innovation policy.”


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