France’s Digital Tariff – Disguised as a Tax – is Flawed
July 30, 2019
Written by Stephen Olson France’s digital tax targets US tech giants like Google, Amazon, and Facebook, but will hurt consumers, Read more.
Is the Euro the Biggest Threat to the Global Trading System?
July 16, 2019
The European Union (EU) is positioning itself as a champion of the multilateral trading system, yet the single European currency Read more.
Three China-US experts assess what happens next after Osaka
July 11, 2019
The Osaka G20 announcement that the US and China would resume trade talks led to an audible sigh of relief Read more.
Trump and Xi Hit the “Restart Button”: What’s Next?
July 2, 2019
Originally published in South China Morning Post. With US and Chinese negotiators heading back to the negotiating table, Stephen Olson Read more.
Rare Earths: The Threat of Embargo and the Clash of Systems
June 18, 2019
Would China’s rumoured embargo on rare earth exports be an effective weapon in the trade war? The divergent fortunes of Read more.
Automotive Tariff Decision Delayed but Not Defused
June 10, 2019
Originally published in the South China Morning Post. The imposition of automotive tariffs is still possible, and could spark a global Read more.
Quick Take: What if Trump Uses Tariffs to Force Immigration Changes?
June 6, 2019
President Trump’s shocking May 30 threat to impose tariffs on all Mexican imports over its supposed inaction on illegal immigration Read more.
Quick Take: Has Unsustainable Trade Influenced European Elections?
May 29, 2019
The results of the 2019 European Parliament elections illustrate the need for more sustainable trade that delivers a more equitable Read more.
Blunt Force Tariffs Backfire on Business and Farmers
May 8, 2019
With President Trump threatening additional tariffs, the tit-for-tat tariffs already in place are complicating business decisions and causing long-term damage Read more.
Poor Enforcement and Low Utilization Undermine Benefits from Trade Agreements
April 12, 2019
Trade liberalizing agreements, whether they are pursued on a multilateral, regional, or bilateral basis, are seen as the principle means Read more.
Trade System Dysfunction Reflects Collective Failure
April 1, 2019
China has exercised its sovereign right to chart its own economic development path, opting for a system of state-directed capitalism and Read more.
Six China experts assess what NPC outcomes mean for global trade
March 21, 2019
Just under 3,000 of the most powerful officials in China recently gathered in Beijing for the country’s biggest political meeting Read more.
China’s Trade Practices Spawn Tough Questions But No Easy Solutions
February 18, 2019
Originally published in The Diplomat. Three recent reports help illuminate the complexity of the problems currently facing the global trade Read more.
No Short-Term China Deal Can Address the Systemic Issues
February 15, 2019
Originally published in The Hill. With the wind-down of the Beijing trade talks, we can anticipate a spate of potential announcements: Read more.
China’s WTO accession, the financial crisis and lessons for the future
January 16, 2019
Western policymakers and multinational corporations encouraged China’s entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001 as a way to Read more.
Trump-Xi Meeting: Five Potential Paths Forward for the US and China
November 27, 2018
The meeting between President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping in Argentina in late November may prove to be a Read more.
Trade, People, and Money: Understanding China’s Unique Capabilities
October 25, 2018
Originally published in The American Prospect. The Trump administration is forcefully pressing its case on a variety of Chinese trade Read more.
California hit with double whammy in global trade war
October 15, 2018
The US administration may be engaged in a trade war aimed at foreign trading partners, but for Californian manufacturers and Read more.
How the Philippines can use sustainability to attract FDI
September 11, 2018
The ongoing trade war between the United States and China gives Southeast Asian countries greater opportunities to attract more foreign Read more.
Don’t Just Blame Trump or China for this Trade War
July 9, 2018
Originally published in the South China Morning Post. Headline writers and Twitter lit up this week on news that the Read more.
Needed: A Rational Debate on the New US Trade Philosophy
June 24, 2018
The current US Administration has been accused of incoherence in its trade policy. In reality, a very clear philosophy is Read more.
Understanding US Tariff Actions: What Do They Mean for the Global Trade System?
May 30, 2018
Originally published in the Diplomat The US Administration has announced yet another investigation which could result in tariffs – this Read more.
Trade Architecture Needs to Accommodate Both US and Chinese Systems
May 11, 2018
How should we interpret the two days of discussions in Beijing between US and Chinese trade officials? The US delegation Read more.
The problem with U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum that no one is talking about
March 5, 2018
Originally published in Forbes. The preliminary U.S. decision to apply 25% tariffs on steel imports and 10% tariffs on aluminum Read more.
Hong Kong Pioneers’ contribution to China through FDI
September 13, 2017
Hong Kong companies have been pioneers in many if not most aspects of China’s economic opening. Hong Kong companies have Read more.
Adding value to the Cambodian economy every 374.41 seconds
August 10, 2017
Originally published in TradeVistas. Foreign direct investment (FDI) is usually measured by the size of the capital investment and number Read more.
What has China meant to the bottom-line of US companies?
July 20, 2017
The Impact of U.S. Foreign investment and U.S. Companies on China’s Economy
July 5, 2017
China’s economic reforms have created the world’s most dynamic economy. A major part of China’s economic development has involved foreign Read more.
China’s large market increasingly important for US companies
June 27, 2017
A Profitable Partnership Under Stress: Why it makes sense to ratchet-down US-China trade tensions
June 27, 2017
This white paper is based on an extended research effort undertaken by the Hinrich Foundation, which included interviews with scores Read more.
Renegotiating NAFTA doesn’t signal the start of a trade war
March 2, 2017
Originally published in the Globe and Mail. U.S. President Donald Trump has certainly used “colourful” rhetoric to outline his views Read more.
US-China watchers should keep their eye on semiconductors
February 21, 2017
An abbreviated version of this article was first published in East Asia Forum. China’s ambitions for its semiconductor industry Read more.
The letter Donald Trump should write to Xi Jinping
January 12, 2017
It is not surprising that Chinese President Xi Jinping was one of the first foreign leaders that President-elect Trump spoke Read more.
Attracting and managing FDI: What can we learn from China?
September 20, 2016
What do countries need to do in order to create a policy framework that is conducive to foreign direct investment? Read more.
From fishing village to global metropolis: FDI and the transformation of Shenzhen
September 6, 2016
Spend some time in the southern Chinese coastal city of Shenzhen, and you’ll find a cosmopolitan, wealthy and technologically advanced Read more.
To understand the full Impact of FDI, look past the headlines
August 22, 2016
Scan the pages of any business publication and you’ll find example after example of eye-popping foreign direct investments (FDI) taking Read more.
Foreign business committed to China, but concerns are growing
February 2, 2016
The American Chamber of Commerce in China recently issued its 2016 Business Climate Survey, and as usual, it has some Read more.
Time for the U.S. to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
November 9, 2015
Originally published in The Diplomat. With the AIIB set to commence operations by year-end, U.S. President Barack Obama – and Read more.
The U.S. and China must avoid ‘competing camps’ mentality
November 3, 2015
Published in The China Post. As you listen to the unfolding discussion on the TransPacific Partnership, do not be surprised Read more.