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  • Sanity in May? Most of the Trump team start getting practical

    The rhetoric from Trump and some of his team is still inconsistent with sensible international trade

  • 11 Pacific nations decide to salvage TPP – but no firm timetable

    Japan and other members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreed on May 21 to pursue their trade deal – but were vague on the detail of what “pursue” meant.
    A planned meeting in Hanoi of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum failed to agree on its usual joint statement after US opposition to commitments on fighting protectionism.

  • US formally starts NAFTA renegotiation process

    US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on May 17 formally notified Congress of the administration’s intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.

  • Trump “tax plan” is a one-sided sheet of paper. With no comment on border taxes

    Donald Trump’s promised tax reform plan turned out on April 26 to be a content-free, single-sided, list of aspirations. The list made no mention of border taxes.

  • Trump tax plan seems to rule out border taxes

    Donald Trump revealed he plans to announce major tax cuts by the end of April – but most commentators believe his announcement must delay any talk of border taxes.

  • Trump Revolution, April 2017: the first shoots of pragmatism?

    Donald Trump’s team during April began announcing practical programmes for dealing with the trade issues they’d previously been merely vocal about:

  • Trump reneges on Chinese “currency manipulator” promises

    Donald Trump admitted on April 12 that he had no plans to honour public commitments he had repeatedly made to deal with the “currency manipulation” he insisted China was practising.

  • The Brexit and Trump kamikaze wings are trying to kill businesses

    Brexit and the Trump Revolution are often linked. What really unites them is the extraordinarily uncommercial attitude many of their politicians are taking to what real businesses want.

  • US Adminstration’s narcissism hits new high

    A late March Report from the office of the US Trade Representative gives an extraordinary insight into the self-centred paranoia of  the current US Administration.

  • Border taxes: Murdoch press claims Trump now backs them. Ross says he’s still undecided

    Donald Trump has now approached Democrats for support in introducing border taxes, the Rupert Murdoch-owned The Times claimed on March 30. But Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on March 31 that Trump’s still undecided.

  • Trump to sign orders examining US trade deficits and duty collection

    Donald Trump will sign during March 31 two Executive Orders

  • US media complicate story of Trump’s attitude to China

    Activists continue to investigate what lies behind the Trump Administration’s inactivity over its promises on China.

  • Fast Retailing spurns US production

    Tadashi Yanai, chairman and president of Fast Retailing, said on March 28 that there is “no chance” of US production for the company – probably the first time any Top 20 global apparel retailer has come out and denied the possibility of US production.

  • US Democrats start pitching for tougher rules against imports

    If the US Adminstration ever starts doing anything about its trade ideas, Democrats are beginning to produce ideas for how they might influence policy.

  • Trump team shift emphasis to tax reform

    “We will continue with tax reform,” said Paul Ryan, Republican Speaker of the US House of Representatives at a March 24 press conference after the Republicans had lost their attempt at repealing the Obama-era healthcare system. “I spoke with the president, the Treasury secretary, his economic advisers earlier today about tax reform. So we are going to proceed with tax reform.”