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Trump Lost his Trade War

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In china , foreign policy
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On January 13, 2021
At least, that’s the conclusion of an interesting piece in Bloomberg News. The deficit did fall year-on-year in 2019, as U.S. companies switched to imports from countries like Vietnam, but it remained higher than the $254 billion gap in 2016. That was partly because Beijing’s imposition of retaliatory tariffs on about $110 billion in goods reduced […]

#Winning

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On November 15, 2020

Hello from the other side. After eight years of talks, China and 14 other nations from Japan to New Zealand to Myanmar on Sunday formally signed one of the world’s largest regional free trade agreem

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Ishaan Tharoor has a very good discussion of the broader context of Trump’s meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda. Though accustomed to lectures from Brussels, Duda and his allies are hoping for a boost ahead of a June 28 presidential election. He faces a tougher-than-expected challenge from the opposition. Some polls show that he could […]
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Scott already posted about Trump’s decision to suspend funding to the World Health Organization (WHO). Not long after Trump announced his decision, Beijing offered its own moral and financial support. China criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s move to temporarily halt funding to the World Health Organization and pledged to support the global health body. Trump […]
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Celebrity Assassination

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In foreign policy
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On January 19, 2020
Douglas London, a retired Senior CIA Operations Officer, has a disturbing – but not in a terribly surprising way – piece at Just Security. The gist is that Trump is obsessed with taking down “celebrity” targets, and in ways that undermine American national security objectives. At CIA, I saw this play out more than once. […]
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