When is it a Trade War?

Business Class asks two USC China experts for insight.

May 30, 2018
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When is it a Trade War?

Business Class asks two USC China experts for insight.

“I wasn’t surprised when the United States launched this trade war.” - Clayton Dube

In the first year of his presidency Donald Trump largely avoided trade issues with China. As the second year unfolded, Clay Dube notes that the President seems to have returned to the attack mode promised in the campaign. As policies shift daily, Business Class asked Clayton Dube, the Director of the USC US – China Institute, to take a look at the Trump playbook and bring his insight to the Administration’s game plan.

Clayton Dube

Clayton Dube, is the Director of the USC U.S - China Institute

“Donald Trump says this is a “trade battle”, I say it’s a trade war.” - Baizhu Chen

Economics is front page news around the world as trade pacts are dismantled, tariffs are threatened and trade wars suddenly appear on the horizon. Baizhu Chen, noted USC China expert takes us inside the threatened US / China tariffs to see what is at play. In the complex trade relationship between the US and China, it seems that the main issues in this trade war are explained in every Econ 101 text book.

Baizhu Chen

Baizhu Chen is professor of Clinical Finance and Business Economics at the USC Marshall School of Business.

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