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Rational Trade Dependence; Better Examples

Rational Trade Dependence Global trade has begun to rebound but there remains a great deal of misunderstanding about its economic role. President Donald Trump has spent his time in office decrying American dependence on what he perceives as imbalanced terms of trade. Australia may now believe that it too became overly reliant on the Chinese market for its exports. China is retaliating against Canberra’s foreign policy opposition to Beijing’s aspirations in the South China Sea and Hong Kong, and the coverup of -19 infections. Vietnam’s economy came screeching to a halt due to its heavy export-dependence, which the U.S. now claims was achieved in part via currency manipulation.  There is also an overreaction in the op...

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