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      US trade gap widens on rising imports

      A surge in imports caused the US to record its biggest monthly trade deficit since the 2008 global financial crisis in...

    2. May 3, 2015

      Republicans push Barack Obama to rally Democrats for TPP vote

      The top Republican lawmaker on trade has called for US President Barack Obama to work even harder to build support among...

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    1. April 29, 2015

      Abe vows to tackle Japan’s farmers over trade pact

      Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe made an impassioned pitch for a Pacific Rim trade deal before the US Congress, calling...

    2. April 29, 2015

      Free Lunch: Two meetings in Washington

      Two encounters of big economic significance take place today: Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe will address the US...

    3. April 28, 2015

      Shinzo Abe, Barack Obama and the TPP: what you need to know

      Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, is in Washington this week to meet US President Barack Obama and address a joint...

    4. April 26, 2015

      US should back Japan but not at any price

      When Shinzo Abe begins his week-long tour of the US on Monday, Washington will treat him as a friend. As well as being...

    5. April 23, 2015

      The EU makes a mess of bioengineered food

      Never watch laws or sausages being made: a maxim often attributed to Otto von Bismarck, one of Europe’s greatest statesmen....

    6. April 23, 2015

      America’s wobbly economic leadership

      The underlying theme of last week’s IMF/World Bank spring meetings was rising angst over retreating US leadership. The...

    7. April 21, 2015

      Obama makes fresh push for ‘fast track’ authority

      US president Barack Obama on Tuesday stepped up his efforts to win the “fast track” authority he needs from Congress to...

    8. April 20, 2015

      Pressure builds on US to ease crude export ban

      The US may be the world’s largest crude oil importer, but one of its main energy policy tussles is over oil exports....

    9. April 19, 2015

      GE executive seeks renewal of funding for Export-Import Bank

      The US risks compounding the mistake it made by not joining a new China-backed Asian infrastructure bank if Republicans in...

    10. April 16, 2015

      ‘Fast-track’ trade boost for Obama

      US lawmakers on Thursday introduced a bipartisan bill to grant President Barack Obama the “fast-track” authority he needs to...

    11. April 16, 2015

      Ford investment highlights Mexico’s booming carmaking sector

      Ford is poised to give Mexico’s carmaking sector a fresh boost on Friday with the announcement of $2.5bn in manufacturing...

    12. beyondbrics

      April 16, 2015

      State Capitalism by stealth, the new 21st century economic reality

      Geo-economics was defined by its intellectual godfather, Edward Luttwak, as a contest defined by the grammar of commerce...

    13. April 15, 2015

      Timeline: Segway’s journey from Good Morning America to China

      December 2001 Dean Kamen, a US inventor, unveils his Segway Personal Transporter, which he dubs the world’s first electric,...

    14. April 13, 2015

      China will react with displeasure if America tries to weaponise trade

      Selling a free-trade agreement at home is hard work, given public scepticism about their effect on American jobs. So as...

    15. April 7, 2015

      US caught flat-footed over Chinese bank plan

      Washington’s response to China’s creation of an Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank has been nothing short of lamentable....

    16. April 5, 2015

      Time US leadership woke up to new economic era

      This past month may be remembered as the moment the United States lost its role as the underwriter of the global economic...

    17. April 5, 2015

      US craft beer thrives despite strong dollar

      A strong dollar may be harming the competitiveness of US exports but it has failed to damp the world’s thirst for US-brewed...

    18. April 1, 2015

      Round two in America’s battle for Asian influence

      In the sparring between China and the US over leadership in Asia, Beijing recently landed a tidy, if almost accidental,...

    19. March 30, 2015

      Jack Lew calls on Beijing to suspend cyber security rules

      Jack Lew, US Treasury secretary, called on the Chinese government to suspend new cyber security rules that US information...

    20. March 30, 2015

      Japan calls on Obama to step up personal involvement in TPP deal

      Japan’s economy minister has called on US President Barack Obama to ramp up his lobbying of Democrats to secure...

    21. March 28, 2015

      Australia to join China-led bank despite US opposition

      Australia plans to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, it said on Sunday, reversing a previous decision to stay...

    22. The World

      March 25, 2015

      The flaws in the geopolitical case for the TPP

      As the Trans-Pacific Partnership does or doesn’t approach completion, arguments for and against have had another airing,...

    23. March 23, 2015

      Fed’s Fischer flags US export boost from ECB quantitative easing

      The European Central Bank’s quantitative easing efforts should help US exports by boosting growth in Europe — even if some...

    24. March 23, 2015

      Shale oil producers blame export ban for low US crude price

      US shale oil producers are becoming increasingly concerned about the gap that has opened up between domestic and...

    25. March 23, 2015

      South Korea charts its way past the big beasts of the Pacific

      In a fight between whales, South Koreans sometimes remark mournfully, the shrimp’s back is broken. The saying is often used...

    26. March 22, 2015

      US gridlock’s rising global price tag

      The magical thing about America’s federal system is that when the centre stalls, the rest keeps calm and carries on. The US...

    27. March 22, 2015

      Stronger dollar weighs on US investment sentiment

      Vioearth is a small Scottish company with big ambitions to bring its “Viosmart” energy efficient power hubs into offices...

    28. March 19, 2015

      Stronger dollar sees US trade deficit widen

      A stronger dollar saw the US current account deficit widen in the final three months of last year due to falling exports and...

    29. March 18, 2015

      US takes Indonesia to WTO on import curbs

      The US has escalated a trade battle with Indonesia, taking the southeast Asian nation to the World Trade Organisation over...

    30. March 18, 2015

      US ports: Gridlock on the waterfront

      The MSC Renée, whose sheer black sides loom over the wharf at Pier 400, the US’s biggest container terminal, is an emblem of...

    31. March 12, 2015

      Dollar strength weighs on Fed rate-setters

      When Federal Reserve policy makers gather next week, they are likely to have warnings about the resurgent dollar ringing in...

    32. March 8, 2015

      A trade deal must work for America’s middle class

      Over the next few months the question of US participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is likely to be...

    33. March 5, 2015

      Cyber security rules raise fears of digital protectionism

      Talk of protectionism once meant bemoaning barriers being erected in far-off lands for offcuts of beef or steel rods, but in...

    34. March 3, 2015

      Obama seeks reboot of China cyber laws

      US President Barack Obama has lashed out at new Chinese cyber security regulations, elevating the increasingly contentious...

    35. February 19, 2015

      Hapag-Lloyd sailings cancelled into May as slowdown drags on

      One of the world’s largest shipping lines has cancelled most sailings from Asia to the US west coast for the next three...

    36. February 19, 2015

      US farmers forecast to plant less

      US farmers will plant less land with major crops this year as grain and oilseed prices grind lower, the US government said....

    37. February 17, 2015

      Unbalanced hopes for the world economy

      why is the dollar so strong? It has soared 25 per cent on a real trade-weighted basis in the past four years, evoking...

    38. February 12, 2015

      Q&A: US challenges China export subsidies

      The latest trade spat between the US and China is over what Washington says are illegal Chinese export subsidies for...

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