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Investors Wary as Political Uncertainty Persists in Thailand

Investors Wary as Political Uncertainty Persists in Thailand

When Kulthirath Pakawachkrilers had to convince yet another Chinese investor that business was still a good bet in Thailand despite the political upheaval, she knew it was going to be a tough sell.
Tour of China Shows a Nation Girding for Protracted Trade War

Tour of China Shows a Nation Girding for Protracted Trade War

President Donald Trump is eager to crow about the economic weapon he wielded against Mexico to win concessions on immigration: “Tariffs are a great negotiating tool,” he declared Tuesday.
Democrats Signal Hope for Passing New North America Trade Accord

Democrats Signal Hope for Passing New North America Trade Accord

House Democrats are expressing optimism as they begin what could be the final stage of negotiations to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, paving the way to vote on President Donald
Pompeo Cites Commitments With Mexico But Won't Detail Side Deals

Pompeo Cites Commitments With Mexico But Won't Detail Side Deals

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said the U.S. and Mexico made “a number of commitments” outside a trade and migration deal announced last week but declined to elaborate on what President Donald
Democrats Hold Out on USMCA as Trump Walks Back Mexico Tariffs

Democrats Hold Out on USMCA as Trump Walks Back Mexico Tariffs

President Donald Trump’s decision not to impose tariffs on Mexico removed one obstacle for Congress to approve his North American trade deal, but his administration has more work to do to smooth the
Trump’s tariff threats are putting Mexico in a terrible position

Trump’s tariff threats are putting Mexico in a terrible position

Mexican and U.S. negotiators are working to find a way out of the escalating tariffs President Donald Trump has threatened over what he says is Mexico’s failure to stop Central American migrants from
What Trump’s tariffs on Mexico will do to red states

What Trump’s tariffs on Mexico will do to red states

The June 10 deadline for President Donald Trump’s tariffs on Mexican goods is rapidly approaching, with the president demanding that the country stop the flow of Central American migrants to the U.S.
China's Lessons for Mexico on Trump: Dig In and Keep It Personal

China's Lessons for Mexico on Trump: Dig In and Keep It Personal

As Mexico faces up to the prospect of a protracted trade struggle with President Donald Trump, China has lessons to offer its fellow Group of 20 member.
U.S. farmers caught in Trump’s escalated trade war with China and Mexico

U.S. farmers caught in Trump’s escalated trade war with China and Mexico

China has raised tariffs on roughly 5,000 U.S. exports to the country, worth tens of billions of dollars, in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s trade policies. And on Thursday, Trump announced
Trump Tells Democrats to Pass New Nafta Before Infrastructure

Trump Tells Democrats to Pass New Nafta Before Infrastructure

President Donald Trump told Democratic congressional leaders on the eve of a White House meeting to discuss restoring the nation’s infrastructure that he first wanted them to pass his replacement for
Want to Know How Trump's Trade War Ends? Look to the War of 1812

Want to Know How Trump's Trade War Ends? Look to the War of 1812

That conflict was born out of a trade war (a British embargo of France) and fought at least partly as a trade war (a British blockade of America). It also yielded another trade war.
Pennsylvania senator defends Trump tariffs hurting his state because maybe they’ll pay off someday

Pennsylvania senator defends Trump tariffs hurting his state because maybe they’ll pay off someday

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) likes free trade so much he literally wrote a book on it. He calls tariffs a tax on the American people. But now that President Donald Trump is using unilateral tariffs in a
Republican senator says Trump’s tariff war is hurting his state badly

Republican senator says Trump’s tariff war is hurting his state badly

Senator James Lankford (R-OK), a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, warned on Wednesday that the president’s trade war with China is already having a damaging effect on both the manufacturing
Trump’s plan for US farms echoes Mao Zedong’s Communist China

Trump’s plan for US farms echoes Mao Zedong’s Communist China

Communist Party chairman Mao Zedong's "Great Leap Forward" was a disaster, starving millions and destroying China's economy.
Can cheap fashion ever be ethical?

Can cheap fashion ever be ethical?

To make sure workers aren’t routinely exploited, the whole business model needs to change.
Trump’s trade policies are costing Americans a lot of money

Trump’s trade policies are costing Americans a lot of money

When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced this week the end of waivers for U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil, he assured the world that oil prices and supplies will be kept in check. But on Tuesday,
Report: Apple Bought Loads of Cheap Patents to Make Qualcomm Look Bad

Report: Apple Bought Loads of Cheap Patents to Make Qualcomm Look Bad

The lawsuit between Apple and Qualcomm is over, but there are some significant allegations of dirty-dealing on Apple's part. The post Report: Apple Bought Loads of Cheap Patents to Make Qualcomm Look
Fritz Hollings, Senator Who Fought Hunger and Deficit, Dies at 97

Fritz Hollings, Senator Who Fought Hunger and Deficit, Dies at 97

Ernest “Fritz” Hollings, who helped smooth integration in South Carolina before spending 38 years in the U.S. Senate as an advocate for impoverished Americans and a voice for restraint in government
Djibouti Needed Help, China Had Money, and Now the U.S. and France Are Worried

Djibouti Needed Help, China Had Money, and Now the U.S. and France Are Worried

The African nation is tiny, poor, strategically located—and deeply in debt to Beijing.