Commerce Department Puts Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels, But Loophole May Render That Irrelevant

By: Thursday October 11, 2012 10:45 am

The Commerce Department imposed slightly lower but still robust tariffs on Chinese solar panels, alleging that subsidies undercut US prices and violate international trade laws. The Commerce Department issued its final ruling Wednesday in a long-simmering trade dispute with China, imposing tariffs ranging from about 24 to nearly 36 percent on most solar panels imported [...]

Global Slowdown Places Even More Emphasis on Fiscal Stimulus

By: Tuesday October 9, 2012 8:30 am

I think most Americans have the sense that we’re stumbling through the fourth year of a financial crisis with a low-growth recovery. What is less appreciated is the way in which America is actually performing the best among almost all nations at this point. We’re mired in a global slowdown, one with knock-on effects for [...]

Sherrod Brown Tries to Jump-Start Languishing Currency Manipulation Bill, Which Covers More Than Just China

By: Wednesday September 19, 2012 1:11 pm

Greg Sargent has an interesting by-product of the electoral debate over China, and particularly Chinese currency manipulation. Romney has used this as part of his five-point plan to improve the US economy. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) casually points out that there’s a bill on the table awaiting a vote in the House that would deal [...]

Incumbency Has Its Privileges: When Criticized by Romney on China, Obama Administration Announces Trade Enforcement

By: Monday September 17, 2012 11:06 am

The United States has filed the latest in a series of trade actions against China at the WTO, this one objecting to unfair dumping of subsidized Chinese auto parts. But the relatively limited scope of the action, along with the political context, suggests this is about more than just unfair trade practices. The case brought [...]

China-Japan Dispute Over South China Sea Islands Grows Violent

By: Monday September 17, 2012 9:08 am

The war of wordsbetween China and Japan over a chain of uninhabited islands has the potential to escalate in disturbing ways, and destabilize a region that is central to the world’s economic performance. Some major Japanese brandname firms announced factory shutdowns in China on Monday and urged expatriates to stay indoors ahead of what could [...]

Labor “Protests” in Charlotte Hardly an Expression of Dissent

By: Tuesday September 4, 2012 9:02 am

I’m sure we’ll have a lot of reports at FDL about the dissent outside the DNC convention in Charlotte. Some of the protests could prove interesting. There should be a bigger Occupy presence in Charlotte than there was in Tampa for the RNC convention, and the Undocubus, filled with undocumented immigrants who plan to challenge [...]

Republican Platform Lumbers Far to the Right

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 12:23 pm

The Republican platform is too large a document and covers too many issue areas for one person to dissect entirely. I covered my core competency by going through the housing plank. But for those who did have the time and resources to do a full overview, the picture becomes clear that this is a pretty [...]

Paul Ryan Bashes President on Chinese Currency Manipulation, But Ryan Opposed the Bill That Would Have Stopped It

By: Thursday August 16, 2012 11:09 am

The Romney campaign decided to put its new attack dog, Paul Ryan, out on a foreign policy measure today. Specifically, they had him discuss global trade, and Chinese currency manipulation. Ryan, the GOP vice presidential candidate, was speaking in North Canton, Ohio, on Thursday. “We also need trade that works for us. We come from [...]

Monetary Easing in China, UK, EU Boosting Economies and the US Dollar

By: Thursday July 5, 2012 7:35 am

The Bank of England, People’s Bank of China and the European Central Bank all cut lending rates or added quantitative easing today, a near-global spurt of monetary stimulus designed to increase economic growth. Because the Federal Reserve hasn’t joined in, the dollar is growing stronger, which is bad news for US exports. China and the [...]

Mexico Joins Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Negotiations

By: Tuesday June 19, 2012 7:37 am

The leaked documents from the Trans-Pacific Partnership showed the possibility for the agreement to expand well beyond the original countries that are party to the agreement. And before the TPP has completed negotiations or been signed, we’re already seeing evidence of that. In remarks yesterday at the outset of the G20 summit, Mexican President Felipe [...]

Trans-Pacific Partnership Documents Show Trade Treaty Could Grow Much Larger Than NAFTA

By: Friday June 15, 2012 6:22 am

Public Citizen’s Lori Wallach has an analysis of that leaked document from the negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and it’s really even worse than anticipated. The leaked text provides stark warnings about the dangers of “trade” negotiations occurring without press, public or policymaker oversight. It reveals that negotiators already have agreed to many radical terms [...]

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