Trade War Dashboard, 8/8/18

Keeping you up to date on the ongoing trade war.  Links to related articles and our background videos below.   Summary:   EU Truce and China Pressure: The EU and…

Is China the Big, Bad Wolf of the Steel Industry?

China is the big, bad wolf of the global steel industry.  That’s what you hear.  Statistics like this, reflecting China’s huge increase in steel exports and production, are used to…

Is there a steel import problem?

We are overrun with foreign steel.  That would seem to be the point of a 25% tariff on all imported steel—we have too much of it.  From 2010 to 2014,…

Three Amigos: Friend, Foe, or Competitor?

Have you ever picked up a piece of merchandise at a store—maybe a shirt or a toy or a hedge trimmer—looked at the tag and found that it says “Made…

Why Steel Tariffs Are Pointless (in 3 graphs)

In three graphs we explain why steel tariffs won’t help the US steel industry.   It now takes 15% of the workers to make 90% of the steel we made…

Trump Rides Harley into the Trade Storm

What is the priority for an American company—staying competitive to ensure the best results for the company and its stakeholders (shareholders, employees, customers, etc.) over the long-term, or keeping as…

Senators are sending the wrong message to China on ZTE

There are plenty of ways to get tough with China.  The Trump administration’s overall aggressive stance on trade with China is a good example, as are America’s Freedom of Navigation…

China is key to US-NOKO talks. Will China help?

Being unconventional can have its rewards.  Naysayers will tell you that Donald Trump accomplished little or nothing in Singapore with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, other than to lend credibility to…

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,…