Trump means what he says on trade

Donald Trump means what he says, particularly what he says first.  That seems to be the lesson emerging slowly from developments relative to Trump’s trade agenda.  Whether you think that…

DEMOCRACY ISN’T DEAD IN CHINA, ONLY ON HOLD

It is tempting to think that, given recent developments in China, democracy is dead there.  We made our award-winning short documentary film, Democracy Road, in part to make the point that,…

TRUMP IS RIGHT TO SAVE ZTE

Senators are lining up to tell Trump he shouldn’t cut Chinese company ZTE any slack.  They’re wrong.  Trump is right.  Here’s why.   Punishment should fit the crime   They’re…

A Potential Win-Win for the Odd Couple, Trump and Xi

“I look forward to being with President Xi in the not too distant future. We will always have a good (great) relationship!”   Above is taken from a Trump tweet…

A Bag NAFTA Idea: Trading investor protection for “jobs”

Would the Trump administration really deliberately leave American companies vulnerable to being cheated and mistreated overseas in an attempt to prevent them from moving jobs out of the US?  Does…

Did China Just Blink?

Opening the automobile market is a great first step Every country in the world would love to have successful automobile manufacturers, including China.  China is the largest auto market in…

It’s time for China to Grow Up

“Keep a low profile and bide your time.” Deng Xiaoping, former Chinese leader and architect of China’s reform program   For three decades, Chinese foreign policy was guided by Deng…

Trump’s Trade War: Crazy or Genius?

Stock markets dive.  Advisers quit.  Republicans fret (at least some of them).  Democrats concur (at least some of them).  Industries and companies take sides.  Countries protest and promise retaliation.  It…

Is Trump Finally Going to Get Tough on Trade with China?

Candidate Donald Trump said China is “raping” the US on trade and that China’s trade surplus constituted a huge transfer of wealth from the US to China.  He said that…

Xi: Having his cake and eating it, too

In his opening speech at the 19th National Congress for the Communist Party, Chinese President Xi Jinping said he wants the market to be the “decisive” mechanism in the economy,…