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Evaluating 100 days of Trump trade policy
Stephen Olson
Originally published in The Diplomat.  With the Trump presidency just past the 100 day mark, how should we interpret the
Renegotiating NAFTA doesn’t signal the start of a trade war
Stephen Olson
Originally published in the Globe and Mail. U.S. President Donald Trump has certainly used “colourful” rhetoric to outline his views
US-China watchers should keep their eye on semiconductors
Stephen Olson
An abbreviated version of this article was first published in East Asia Forum.   China’s ambitions for its semiconductor industry
The letter Donald Trump should write to Xi Jinping
Stephen Olson
It is not surprising that Chinese President Xi Jinping was one of the first foreign leaders that President-elect Trump spoke
Michael Jordan scores in China
Stephen Olson
Published in TradeVistas. Michael Jordan’s exploits on the basketball court were legendary, but the former hoops star seems to be
The death of TPP: What does it really mean?
Stephen Olson
Published in TradeVistas Any lingering hope for passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), at least in its current form, was
Trump and trade
Stephen Olson
As the world continues to digest the surprising election of Donald Trump, questions over the path forward in international trade
Attracting and managing FDI: What can we learn from China?
Stephen Olson
What do countries need to do in order to create a policy framework that is conducive to foreign direct investment?
From fishing village to global metropolis: FDI and the transformation of Shenzhen
Stephen Olson
Spend some time in the southern Chinese coastal city of Shenzhen, and you’ll find a cosmopolitan, wealthy and technologically advanced
To understand the full Impact of FDI, look past the headlines
Stephen Olson
Scan the pages of any business publication and you’ll find example after example of eye-popping foreign direct investments (FDI) taking
The case for sustainable trade
Stephen Olson
It is well understood that trade has been a remarkable engine of economic growth and development, lifting hundreds of millions
Straight talk on trade
Stephen Olson
Published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.   Candidates competing for both the Republican and Democratic presidential nominations have been ratcheting
Support for free trade slipping in the U.S.
Stephen Olson
A recent Bloomberg Politics national poll in the United States shows a surprisingly strong tide of opposition to free trade.
Here’s why you should care about Rob Portman…
Stephen Olson
To any seasoned trade professional, a recent announcement from Washington DC came as both a surprise — and a cause
Are China and the EU on a collision course?
Stephen Olson
Published in East Asia Forum. The future of the EU–China trade relationship — one of the largest in the world
Foreign business committed to China, but concerns are growing
Stephen Olson
The American Chamber of Commerce in China recently issued its 2016 Business Climate Survey, and as usual, it has some
The TPP and the sputtering global trade system
Stephen Olson
Published in The Diplomat Can agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership fortify a troubled international trade system? With the death-knell of the
Time for the U.S. to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
Stephen Olson
Originally published in The Diplomat.  With the AIIB set to commence operations by year-end, U.S. President Barack Obama – and
The U.S. and China must avoid ‘competing camps’ mentality
Stephen Olson
Published in The China Post. As you listen to the unfolding discussion on the TransPacific Partnership, do not be surprised
Keeping China’s recent stumbles in perspective
Stephen Olson
Despite President Xi Jinping’s cheery pronouncements on China’s economic health during his recent U.S. visit, doubts remain. In fact, those
Hypocrisy mars RMB devaluation debate
Stephen Olson
Published in East Asia Forum.  The verdict on China’s recent currency devaluations differs depending on who you listen to. To some,
Inward FDI still mutually beneficial in China
Stephen Olson
Published in East Asia Forum.  More so than any other developing country, China has benefited profoundly from foreign direct investment