Senator Josh Hawley has a NY Times op‐ed today entitled “The W.T.O. Should Be Abolished.” Debates about the scope and nature of the World Trade Organization and the trading system in general are important, but this op‐ed gets so many facts wrong that it cannot serve as the basis for a useful discussion.
Many politicians and interest groups involved in the debate over the fate of NAFTA seem eager to put everything behind them and ratify USMCA as quickly as possible. We think it is worth discussing and debating what’s in USMCA first.
The U.S. Trade Representative’s Office released a “fact sheet” about the new U.S. — China trade deal. A full analysis will have to wait until the text is released in January, but some comments on the details are provided here.
President Trump famously called the North American Free Trade Agreement “the worst trade deal ever made.” Bygones. The need to debate that claim has been mooted by the fact that NAFTA’s likely successor—the United States‐Mexico‐Canada Agreement—now holds that distinction.
Are the current terms of China’s WTO participation “fair”? What changes, if any, need to be made? Are there WTO rules that can be used to bring cases against China, but have been overlooked? What is the best way for the U.S. government to address China’s state intervention in its economy? How do the efforts of past administrations compare to those of the Trump administration? What should the next administration do?