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Trump, Trade, and China

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The biggest cloud hanging over the world economy is the incipient trade war with China launched by US President Donald Trump. But with America’s closest allies rejecting Trump's protectionism, can the US really afford to go it alone?

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  1. Trump’s Backward March on Trade
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    Trump’s Backward March on Trade

    Jan 20, 2020 Anne O. Krueger argues that America has been the biggest loser after two years of protectionism and free-wheeling sanctions.

  2. Why a Cool War May Be Worse than a Cold One
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    Why a Cool War May Be Worse than a Cold One

    Jan 2, 2020 Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng warn that in the current struggle between the US and China, both sides could end up losing.

  3. The Case for Old-Fashioned Tariff Cuts
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    The Case for Old-Fashioned Tariff Cuts

    Nov 27, 2019 Jeffrey Frankel says modest-sounding trade policies focusing on “shallow integration” could produce significant benefits.

  4. After the US-China Trade War
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    After the US-China Trade War

    Nov 25, 2019 Stephen S. Roach says that, truce or not, a protracted economic struggle between the US and China has already begun.

  5. How to Get Past the US-China Trade War
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    How to Get Past the US-China Trade War

    Nov 7, 2019 Dani Rodrik proposes a framework that would allow both countries to maintain their own economic model.

  6. China Adjusts to the New World Order
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    China Adjusts to the New World Order

    Oct 28, 2019 Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng show that the country is in a position not only to survive US protectionism, but to thrive in spite of it.

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    Done With Deglobalization?

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    The Unbearable Uselessness of Crypto

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    Is Germany Sick Again?

    Hans-Werner Sinn pours cold water on the fantasy that European economies can weather gas shortages with minimal pain.
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    America's Silent Progressive Majority

    Joseph E. Stiglitz

    Now that the American electorate appears to have rejected Republican extremism, many will argue that US President Joe Biden and the Democrats should tack right to capture centrist voters. But this would be a mistake, given where voters' preferences increasingly lie.

    considers what the midterm election results indicate about voters' real priorities.
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    Big Tech Gets Derailed

    Jonathan Levy traces the origins of the sector's recent turmoil to the nineteenth-century rise of the corporation.
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    Will the West Give in to Russia?

    From soaring inflation to a deepening energy crisis, the United States and Europe are facing no shortage of economic challenges, and Russia’s war against Ukraine – and the sanctions imposed in response to it – bears much of the blame. As Russia launches new rounds of missile attacks, we asked PS commentators what the West should be doing for Ukraine – and how likely it is to do it.

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    The Techno-Feudal Method to Musk’s Twitter Madness

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    The Case for Mandating Climate-Risk Disclosure

    Timothy Meyer, et al. defend the legal and economic justification for the US Securities and Exchange Commission's proposed new rule.

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