We begin with three short reports from The Economist to understand the most consequential changes in US trade policy over the last few months:
- New US tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines
- New US tariffs on imported steel and aluminum
- To understand the context better, you must also listen to this Trade Talk net-cast, sponsored by the Peterson Institute for International Economics, PIIE)
- The possibility of new US tariffs on imported vehicles
- To understand the consequences of these tariffs, I encourage you to go over this short reading, posted by the staff members at the PIIE.
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.
Throughout the course, we will keep an eye on these developments.
[This page was updated on July 2nd, 2018.]