Global trade

Tech is shrinking the world but Trump’s protectionism and China’s nationalist strategy threaten global trade. This week, in a bold move, Japan and the EU signed the largest bilateral trade pact. Here’s the best of our opinion and analysis

Brussels and Tokyo should try to broaden and deepen their approach

The world is preparing its strategy for bypassing the US

Doubling down on liberalisation is the best defence

A broad group of experts think economic integration with China should be reversed

The streaming service hopes to exploit a boom in internet use in the country. But can it avoid the pitfalls that have dogged other ventures?

But there will no winners, only losers, the longer the tit-for-tat continues

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Letter from Anthony Luzzatto Gardner, US ambassador to the EU, 2014-17

Letter from Arthur Birchall, Isleworth, Middx, UK