Recent Developments in US Trade Policy


We begin with three short reports from The Economist to understand the most consequential changes in US trade policy over the last few months:

We also need to pay attention to what goes on in the current NAFTA negotiations. There are at least three big fights. To learn more about them, listen to this Trade Talk net-cast, sponsored by the PIIE.

Source: The Economist based on ITC and PIIE data

Let’s continue with the most recent round of tariffs imposed on $50 billion of Chinese products. We, then, listen to a net-cast episode by NPR’s Planet Money. This episode is called: “Tariffied”. And guess what? It was posted on Friday April 13th, 2018… terrified!? Well, if you would prefer, you may read the transcript instead.

Despite the some of the jokes in Tariffied, retaliation may have serious consequences for China. To understand why, the above net-cast is followed by another short reading from The Economist.

Yet, there is one last thing: there is an ongoing “Section 301” investigation of China’s unfair treatment of American intellectual property. To learn about this, listen to this Trade Talk net-cast, sponsored by the PIIE.

Also, there is an update on tit-for-tat tariffs by Canada, China, Mexico, and the European Union. See this if you would like to know more about the recent Canadian retaliation against US tariffs.

Throughout the course, we will keep an eye on these developments.

[This page was updated on July 2nd, 2018.]