Trump's China Trade Policies: Threats and Constraints
12 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2017
Date Written: March 1, 2017
United States litigation against China in the WTO will be ground zero for the new Trump administration’s aggressive trade policy. Five important facts must be highlighted to better understand the likely actions of the Trump administration.
First, heightened judicial advocacy within the WTO will be consistent with both the Bush and Obama administrations’ aggressive use of the WTO’s dispute settlement system.
Second, international judicial activism is squarely within the context of unfolding historical changes in international relations.
Third, China hawks in the Trump administration will be competing with a number of countervailing forces in the White House, throughout the administration, and in the federal courts.
Fourth, the U.S. Congress has the exclusive authority to regulate global trade. However, much of this exclusive authority has been delegated to the president.
Fifth, Trump considers trade as a zero-sum transaction, with a focus on the bottom line, to the exclusion of all else.
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