China Pledges to Open Markets, Easing Fears of Trade War

In an effort to ease rising tensions between the China and the U.S., Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that tariffs on automobile imports would be lowered “significantly” this year. The move, Xi says, is part of a “new phase of opening up” China’s large economy to foreign products. China currently has the world’s second largest […]

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Building List of Cyber Countermeasures Said to be Among Top Priorities of Incoming NSA Director

The incoming director of the National Security Agency will be facing nearly unprecedented threats in the cyber realm from nations such as Russia and China, as well as non-state terror actors like ISIS. Those threats will include not just cyber-espionage and cyber-hacking, but increasingly attacks against election systems and critical infrastructure like electrical grids and […]

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Foreign Trade and Wars

President Trump announced he was replacing Gen. H.R. McMaster with former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton as National Security Adviser this week.  Observers are worried the change indicates a shift to a more forward-leaning and aggressive foreign policy, militarily.  International trade is also an area where the Trump administration seems to be leaning a little more […]

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Kim Jong Un, in Surprise Visit to Beijing, Shores Up Chinese Support

North Korean President Kim Jong Un made a surprise visit to Beijing, China, this week and met with Chinese President Xi Jinping. It was the first time the two met face-to-face and the first time the reclusive leader met with a foreign head of state since assuming power in 2011. The meeting is the first […]

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As Fear of Trade War Subsides, Evidence President’s Negotiating Style May Be Working

As fears of a trade war between the U.S. and China erupted last week, high-ranking officials from both nations began negotiating possible solutions to a trade deficit President Trump has called “out of control.” “It’s the largest deficit of any country in the history of our world,” he said last week with regards to the […]

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Average U.S. Tariffs Less Than Half Those of China Research Shows

Analysis by Pew Research has revealed that the U.S. has among the lowest tariff rates against imported goods in the world. It also shows that its current tariff rates are close to the lowest they’ve been in the nation’s history. In 2016 the average tariff applied by the U.S. on imported goods was 1.61%. That […]

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China Announces Retaliatory Tariffs, Sparking Fears of a Trade War

The government of China announced retaliatory tariffs against the U.S. for levies signed by President Trump yesterday that raise duties on Chinese made goods entering the U.S. The President signed penalties that amount to $50 billion, and may equal as much as $60 billion, in an effort to bring the U.S.’ trade deficit, and its […]

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President Trump Levels $50 Billion in Tariffs Against China, Hints More May Be to Come

President Trump announced his administration would be imposing $50 billion on Chinese made goods entering the U.S. The measures, the President said, are aimed at correcting what he called, “the largest deficit of any country in the history of our world.” “It’s out of control,” he added. The taxes are aimed at intellectual property theft […]

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Trump Says He’s Asked China to Decrease U.S.’ Trade Deficit with the Nation by $1 Billion

President trump has indicated on Twitter that he asked China to formulate a plan that will reduce the U.S.’ trade deficit with the nation by $1 billion.  The U.S. currently runs a trade deficit with China of nearly $400 billion a year. “China has been asked to develop a plan for the year of a […]

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