Free Trade Ad Nauseam

Author: Jagdish N. Bhagwati
Project Syndicate

Jagdish Bhagwati offers a primer on the major economic misconceptions that have allowed protectionism to re-emerge in U.S. trade policy.

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Must Read Author: Clyde Prestowitz

Foreign Policy's Clyde Prestowitz writes that the United States shouldn't pretend China is interested in free trade. China's neo-mercantile policies have precedent in Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Germany, and large portions of the rest of the world, he writes--why should China be avoiding the fiscal gray areas that have worked for others?

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China in Africa

Authors: Christopher Alessi and Beina Xu

China has increased its economic ties with Africa as it seeks to fulfill its growing energy demands. But China's way of doing business has prompted international criticism, even as its policy of noninterference faces new challenges.

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U.S. Trade and Investment Policy (Audio)

Speakers: Matthew J. Slaughter and William F. Owens
Presider: Irina A. Faskianos

Matthew J. Slaughter, CFR's adjunct senior fellow for business and globalization, and William F. Owens, senior fellow at University of Denver's Institute for Public Policy Studies and former governor of Colorado, discuss the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. Trade and Investment Policy.

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Primary Sources

House Resolution 3782, Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act (OPEN)

Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Darrell Issa proposed on January 18, 2012, the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act (OPEN) as an alternative for SOPA and PIPA, two Congressional bills related to intellectural property online that opponents said compromised free speech, innovation, access to information online, and the infrastructure of the Internet. In 2013, the House introduced Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).

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Selling the Wrong Idea

Authors: Jagdish N. Bhagwati and Rajeev Kohli
The Times of India

Jagdish Bhagwati and Rajeev Kohli make the case for proposed reforms to India's retail sector that would allow the entry of retail giants like Wal-Mart, Tesco, and Carrefour.

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Primary Sources

U.S.-Canada "Beyond the Border" Action Plan, December 2011

This U.S.-Canada "Beyond the Border" action plan was released in December 2011. The White House press release states,

"The BTB Action Plan sets out joint priorities for achieving a new long-term security partnership in four key areas, guided by mutual respect for sovereignty and our separate constitutional and legal frameworks that protect individual privacy:

• addressing threats early;
• promoting trade facilitation, economic growth, and jobs;
• strengthening cross-border law enforcement; and
• protecting shared critical infrastructure, including enhancing continental and global cybersecurity."

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