The U.S.’s Power-Based Bargaining and the WTO: Has Anything Really Been Gained?
New AAEA Member research published in AEPP
The U.S. Trade Representative recently expressed concern about China’s continued use of industrial subsidies, indicating the possibility of a follow-up Section 301 investigation to that conducted by the previous administration, and which led to the imposition of tariffs on imports from China in 2018. These tariffs, along with retaliation by China, have come at some cost to US consumers, taxpayers, and farmers, although the latter group have regained market share following implementation of the US-China Phase One Trade Agreement.
In the new article “The US’s Power-Based Bargaining and the WTO: Has Anything Really Been Gained?” published in Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, Ian Sheldon from The Ohio State University analyzees what has driven the United States to adopt a “power-based” approach to trade negotiations with China.
Sheldon says, “By not following the “rules-based” approach of the WTO, the US and China have put the future of the multilateral trading system at risk. Also, the failure to include China’s use of industrial subsidies in the US-China Phase 1 Trade Agreement ignores a key reason for the US starting the trade war in the first place.”
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