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Simon Lester

Associate Director, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies
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Taking on China

It would be nice if someone would eventually "take on" China, in the sense of adopting an approach to trade policy that encourages China to liberalize.

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Is the Trump Administration Pushing for a Cold War with China?

I haven't collected the full range of quotes from Trump administration officials, to see what each person thinks. But it seems to me there is some good evidence that at least a few high-ranking Trump administration officials are pretty enthusiastic about something Cold War-ish with China.

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Any Excuse to Raise Tariffs

The Trump administration wants to end duty-free imports for some developing countries under GSP, but rather than reforming the program, it seems like the Trump administration is simply looking for opportunities to raise tariffs.

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Some Questions for the Democrats on Trade

People hoping that Democratic politicians will become enthusiastic proponents of trade liberalization may end up being disappointed. But there is a chance that they will move away from the confrontational, unilateralist, protectionist approach of the Trump administration.