U.S. - China Trade Tensions

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Dr. Avery Goldstein

Professor of Political Science and Department Chair; Associate Director, Penn's Christopher H. Brown Center for International Politics


* Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Center in Philadelphia

* Research focuses on international relations, security studies and Chinese politics

* Books include "Rising to the Challenge: China's Grand Strategy and International Security"


"The recent U.S. complaint, with more likely to come, reflects domestic political anger in the U.S. about a chronic trade imbalance and the felt need here to do something about it, even if what is done won't really remedy the underlying causes of the imbalance.  That is the bad news. The good news is that for now, both sides seem prepared to address this dispute through the regular channels of the World Trade Organization process.  That suggests U.S.-China economic relations are being handled in a routine fashion, the way trading partners are supposed to deal with disputes, rather than as part of a pitched battle between global adversaries.  In short, this is closer to a replay of U.S.-Japan disputes from the 1980s than it is to the kinds of tensions between the U.S. and Soviet Union during the Cold War."