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Roots of the U.S.-China Trade Conflict

David Kotz Democratic Left
Every day, the news brings more stories of U.S.-China tensions. What led to the U.S.-China trade conflict? And what would a U.S. pro-worker policy toward China look like?

Trump's Trade War Could Make the Trump Recession a Reality

John Cassidy The New Yorker
The longer Donald Trump persists in his trade war, the greater the chances are of an outright slump developing. That is what the financial markets are telling us, also the implicit message from the Federal Reserve.

9 Reasons Why You Should Care About Trade

Ethan Earle The Nation
Elites make trade boring for a reason. Here's how to fight back. These agreements don't just set tariffs and other trade restrictions. They may end up governing the quality of your water. They're about the price of your medications....

Will Someone Please Explain to Trump How Tariffs Work?

Allen Woods The Recorder
Tariffs are not paid by foreign governments, such as Mexico and China, or by Mexican or Chinese companies exporting goods to the U.S. Instead, they are paid for by the American company importing the goods.

Trump's Trade War With China Is Waged to Make the Rich Richer

Dean Baker Truthout
Donald Trump seems determined to double down and keep pressing forward on his trade war with China. He promises more and higher tariffs, not realizing that U.S. consumers are the ones paying these taxes - not China's government or corporations.

Who Benefits from Trump’s Trade War?

Koichi Hamada Project Syndicate
A trade war with China poses a serious threat to the US itself, which is bound to suffer severe losses due to trade diversion; and broader damage, as tit-for-tat tariffs reduce overall exports, undermine total global trade, and world economic growth.

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Steelworkers Demand Their Share of New Profits

Carl Green Labor Tribune
US Steel uses new profits from tariffs to attack union rights and conditions. USW Local 1899 charges that the future of the union is at stake in contract negotiations.

What’s the Deal with Tariffs?

Stephanie Luce Organizing Upgrade
So is Trump the worker’s hero? Will increased tariffs return jobs to the US? The left has been weak on this issue. The left lacks a real program to address the real concerns of those impacted by trade deals.
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