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China Big Picture

White House advisor Peter Navarro is discounting the optimism surrounding U.S. and China trade negotiations, arguing there are too many large issues at stake for it to close out satisfactorily on short-order. The focus has been on things like market access and intellectual property protections, but global finance is also a major problem. China has not made itself subject to the guidelines for officially supported export credits under an OECD agreement. When China joined the WTO, 90 percent of government trade financing operated within WTO rules but now less than half comply. The reason is that other governments are now trying to compete with Beijing – export credits have been weaponized. They are also filling a gap that was created w...

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Communicating importance of value-added products

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