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Simon Lester

Associate Director, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies
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China Cuts Some Tariffs

The Chinese government’s goal was, in part, to satisfy the demand of Chinese consumers and to improve the efficiency of Chinese production by introducing foreign competitors. 

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Can the WTO Handle China?

China is not pursuing some novel approach to industrial policy that no one has ever seen before. Rather, it is classic protectionism that WTO litigation has handled for years.

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A TPP Without the U.S.

After President Trump withdrew the United States from the Trans Pacific Partnership, the remaining countries are still working towards a deal.

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Trump’s Fear of the WTO

There is always room for refinement of trade rules, but the President’s misunderstandings of the WTO are not a good sign.

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The Debate over NAFTA Chapter 19

Chapter 19 looks like it might play an outsized role in the NAFTA renegotiation, as people on both sides have latched on to it as a symbol of their cause.

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Brexit Talks Get Underway

There is still a long way to go before the UK negotiates free trade deals of its own, but once it does its trade policy team is in good hands. 

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Lumber and Dairy Trade Disputes: No Need to Freak Out

There may be reasons to panic about Trump’s trade policies at some point, as a number of very radical protectionist measures are under consideration. However, what happened yesterday with lumber tariffs is just the usual trade remedy nonsense.

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