"It was unclear whether Mr. Trump believed
that the agreement [dropping Mexican]
tariffs truly represented new ... concessions, or whether
the president understood the limits of the deal but accepted it as a
face-saving way to escape from the political and economic
consequences of imposing tariffs."
As the president just
demonstrated, he is now willing to use tariffs as a cudgel to secure
policy aims outside the trade arena. That means a country could make
painful sacrifices to secure a trade pact only to be left staring
down the barrel of a fresh tariff threat over a non-trade matte
US beer jobs lost since 2016
because Trump's aluminum tariffs raised the price of beer cans cutting
China makes a veiled key exports threat:
5/28/19 China could use its dominance in rare earth minerals
as a weapon in the trade war intensified after a Chinese warned products
using rare materials should be excluded from negotiations
CNBC Patti Domm
Trump Hands China an Easy Win
in the Trade War
Rudd wrote in the NYT
May 5 when President Trump
tweeted the trade deal was off was 100 years after China’s 1919
“May Fourth Movement”.
President Wilson had promised China, the return of German Shandong
colonies, but instead handed them to Japan. China exploded with
anti-American, nationalist sentiment. The establishment of the Chinese
Communist Party followed. Thus, Mr. Trump has handed Xi Jinping a much
needed nationalist card to counter pressure from a slowing economy.
Also, Mr. Xi visited
Jiangxi, the starting point of the Long March in 1934, in
which the Communist Party endured many hardships but emerged victorious.
Combined with Economic resilience and patriotism the media began the
tools to use against the US.
Emerging market economies.
Argentina and Turkey
are in the grips of full-blown
currency crises fueled by
political uncertainty. Iranian
economies are literally
collapsing because of as U.S.
Large Economies United
the world’s fifth-largest
could choose a
hard-Brexiter prime minister
meaning a hard October United
Kingdom exit with all of its
economic consequences. A
parliament forces election would
Italy, the Euro zone's
the far-right League Party's
crushing victory gives
Salvini the upper hand in
determining economic policy.
This raises the risk of another
round of its sovereign severe
debt problems centered on Italy
with its world’s third-largest
With an economy in recession, a
mountain of public debt mountain
and a shaky banking system,
Salvini's proposed income tax
cut which could undermine
Italian bond market confidence.
the world's second-largest
economy is in
an economic slowing trade war
the US, the
world's largest economy.
Korean and Iran
and Mexico economic
China has no desire to scale back its winner-take-all industrial
to make fundamental changes to its authoritarian
Any final agreement will have Chinese pledges to buy
more U.S. products
but few promises to restructure
A trade deal won’t end China-U.S. frictions. In
fact, the conflict has only just begun.
Three small numbers are making big waves in
The digits 9-9-6, a shorthand for 9am to 9pm, six days a week, have
become a rallying cry for tech workers frustrated with their
bruising work schedules
reportfrom Freedom House, a democracy watchdog, noted that 18
countries (so far)
now use Chinese-made intelligent monitoring systems
and 36 have received training in topics like
"public opinion guidance,"
a euphemism for censorship. The list of countries includes the UAE,
Zimbabwe, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Kenya, and Germany.
The worldwide infrastructure-building
project "has pushed China’s huge construction,
shipping companies to go global at a time when a cooling
economy means less business at home."
Note: A common problem in centrally planned economies.
is the data on the cost of China's overbuilding housing at home.
rushed into HDTV while US, very profit dependent, waited for digital
Chinese competition on
US manufacturing had a striking regional variation from
In high-human capital
areas like West Coast or New England, manufacturing
job losses saw industry switching to services.
changed to research, design, management or wholesale. Hence,
redistributed of jobs went from manufacturing
income areas to services in higher income areas.
In the low
human-capital areas like the South and mid-West,
manufacturing plants closed without much increased service
Offshoring appears to
drive these manufacturing job losses.
impacts was strongest between from 2000 to 2007
6/10/19 Two bipartisan bills going after Chinese companies that don’t
comply with auditing rules in the U.S. listed Chinese firms three years to come in compliance
with oversight requirements of the PCAOB, a non-profit corporation Congress
created in 2002, in an effort to restore reporting credibility.”
Apple has a backup plan if
the trade war gets out of hand. There's enough capacity to make
all iPhones bound for the U.S. outside of China if necessary, according to
its main manufacturing partner Hon Hai. Most are currently made in the Chinese
mainland. Hon Hai also said it will hire up to 13,000
in Wisconsin as promised.
U.S. storage device maker
Western Digital froze its partnership with Huawei and halted shipments
to the company to comply with the U.S. ban
CEO Steve Milligan is considering a license to
resume trade with Huawei.
Electron, the world’s No. 3 supplier of semiconductor manufacturing equipment,
will not supply to Chinese clients blacklisted by Washington, a senior company
executive told Reuters,” Makiko Yamazaki