Monthly Archives: October 2011

Domestic Compromise and Competitive Globalism – Isn’t it Obvious?

I was at an event last week when former President Bill Clinton made a great point. As global competition becomes fiercer there is a need for greater political cooperation domestically within the United States. This cooperation between political parties is … Continue reading

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Extraterritorial U.S. Economic Regulation and Prosecution — What’s the Impact? — Not Much?

What are the U.S. policy implications of extraterritorial application of U.S. economic legislation? Many pieces of U.S. economic legislation apply to operations and transactions of U.S. firms outside of the United States. They also apply to transactions of foreign corporation outside … Continue reading

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Russia’s Accession to the WTO, Almost — It’s Long Overdue.

         With the EU’s favorable action this week and Moscow’s announcement of its plan to join the Information Technology Agreement, the Russian Federation’s accession to the WTO has moved forward significantly. It’s almost completed. Only the opposition of Georgia seems to be holding … Continue reading

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Solar Panel Litigation & the Emerging Clean Energy Trade War — Good for Whom?

A new dumping / subsidies case was filed recently by American solar panel makers attacking China’s subsidies to its manufacturers. This filing with the International Trade Administration / U.S. International Trade Commission is a new skirmish in the emerging clean energy trade war … Continue reading

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Foreign Investment and National Security – Restricting Huawei’s Contracts & Investments – Wrong Signal?

Various attempts to acquire business opportunities in the U.S. by the Chinese telecom company, Huawei, have been blocked by the federal government. These federal actions have been based upon national security concerns over technology transfer and cybersecurity.  Global mergers and foreign investment are … Continue reading

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Three New Bilateral Trade Agreements — What’s the Real Impact? — Economic or Political?

Congress just passed the bilateral trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. This is clearly a rare bipartisan act and a success for President Obama. But what is the real significance of these new free-trade agreements? Is it economic (read … Continue reading

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Trade Remedy Actions — Which countries are the biggest users and biggest targets? — Some Surprises.

Which countries are the biggest users of trade remedy actions? Which countries are the most often targets of these investigations? What are the global trends in these cases? Here’s some very interesting data from the WTO concerning antidumping cases, countervailing … Continue reading

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U.S., China and EU — Recent Trade Cases — What do the Portend?

The four major cases noted below have been decided by the WTO concerning China, the U.S. and the EU during 2011. What do they indicate? One, that China has won a major case against the EU. This is China’s biggest victory in the … Continue reading

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Foreign Policy is now driven by Domestic Economic Policy.

U.S. foreign policy is now driven by domestic economic policy considerations. Can the U.S. sustain overseas wars and military actions while China  and other countries are thriving and the U.S. is not? To me this is the threshold question confronting U.S. policymakers and … Continue reading

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Free Trade and National Security — Stronger Foreign Economies are in our National Interest.

President Obama’s national security adviser Ton Donilon makes the free-trade case for national security when he advocates the passage of  three bilateral trade agreements recently submitted to Congress (Panama, Colombia and South Korea). He argues passage will signal our commitment to strengthening bilateral … Continue reading

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