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In Trade War, U.S. has Economic Edge, but China has Political Advantage

Over the past few months, President Trump has threatened punitive tariff increases — effectively economic declarations of war — with all of our major trading partners.

From one week to the next, no one — including the often conflicting senior officials within his administration — has been certain which country or countries would be among the president’s targets.

After recently calling the European Union a “foe,” he has, for now at least, agreed to a vague commitment to settle his differences with the EU. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations with Mexico and Canada seem a bit more promising now but remain in a similarly uncertain state...

from The Hill


Ambassador Johnson served as Ambassador to the Office of United States Trade Representative from 1998 to 2000. He also served the Chief Textile Negotiator during the negotiation of the U.S.-China WTO Accession Agreement and the U.S.-Cambodia Textile Agreement. From 1993 to 1995, he represented the 10th district of Georgia as a Member of Congress where he focused on national security and international economic policy, including NAFTA and the WTO implementing legislation. Ambassador Johnson is currently Director Emeritus of the Dean Rusk International Law Center at the University of Georgia School of Law.

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