Crash Course: Trade Policy with the Trade Guys

Crash Course: Trade Policy with the Trade Guys

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China Blame

In this episode, the Trade Guys and Andrew talk with CSIS’s technology expert James Andrew Lewis about China, technology, and trade wars in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

Trade and COVID-19

In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys discuss trade policy within the Democratic presidential debates, and how COVID-19 could impact businesses in Europe, North America, and elsewhere in Asia. They also discuss the implications of a slowdown in U.S. services industries.

The Eminent Fred Hochberg

In this episode, the Trade Guys and Andrew welcome Fred Hochberg, the former Chairman and President of the U.S. Export-Import Bank. Andrew and the Trade Guys discuss Hochberg's new book, [_Trade Is Not A Four-Letter Word_](,_ and the future of U.S.-China trade relations in light of the recently-signed phase 1 trade deal between the two countries.

The China Deal Crossover Episode

In this special crossover episode, we broadcast an episode from another CSIS podcast, [The Truth of the Matter]( Hosted by veteran CBS anchor Bob Schieffer and Andrew Schwartz, the Trade Guys bring listeners up to speed about the U.S.-China phase 1 trade deal signed on January 15.

A Rare Bipartisan Feat

In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys catch you up on everything USMCA. Plus, the US-China saga continues while the WTO's appeals court is in limbo.

APEC, China, and the USMCA

In this episode, the Trade Guys and guest host Jack Caporal discuss the canceled APEC meeting in Chile and what that means for U.S.-China trade talks. They also discuss Senator Marco Rubio's proposal to block federal pensions from being able to invest in Chinese stocks, and some complicated changes to auto rules in the USMCA.

The U.S. and China Dribble On

In this episode, the Trade Guys and Jack Caporal (filling in for Andrew Schwartz) catch up on the U.S.-China negotiations, the NBA’s tough situation, and how businesses may become stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to China. They also look ahead at possible action on USMCA this fall.

Answering Your Questions from the September CIBE Event

In this episode, the Trade Guys answer listener questions from the Centers for International Business Education and Research directors event hosted by the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business in September.

A Value-Based Trade Policy

In this episode, The Trade Guys and Andrew discuss Senate Majority Mitch McConnell’s call for the president to resolve the U.S.-China trade war. Plus, there is talk of the administration limiting U.S. investment into China, a move that could have huge economic implications.

The Trade War Rages On

In this episode, the Trade Guys and Andrew discuss the U.S.-China trade war as tensions rise. With new U.S. tariffs imposed, the two sides are struggling to sit down and talk. Plus, the U.S. and Japan appear to have gotten their trade relationship back on track with a new agreement.

Currency Manipulation and the Belt & Road

In this episode, the Trade Guys and Andrew discuss the Trump administration's designation of China as a currency manipulator. They also welcome a special in-house guest, Jonathan Hillman, who is a senior fellow with the CSIS Simon Chair in Political Economy and directs the Reconnecting Asia Project. Reconnecting Asia tracks new roads, railways, ports, and other infrastructure projects across Eurasia--and most notably, China's Belt & Road initiative.

The China Tweets and Liz Warren's Trade Plan

In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys break down President Trump's China tweets from this morning as negotiators from both sides resume talks this week in Shanghai. What is the president's next move? Plus, Senator Elizabeth Warren unveils her trade policy. How might trade play out on the Democratic debate stage?

Throwing the Last of the Luggage on Board

In this episode, Trade Guy Scott reports back from the Windy City and fills Bill and Jack Caporal (filling in for Andrew)in on the USMCA. They also discuss the restart of U.S.-China talks, and Dr. Sabine Weyand's discussion earlier this week at CSIS headquarters.

World Peace Through World Trade

In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys talk with Chris Padilla, vice president for government and regulatory affairs at IBM, about why trade matters to IBM and how the company has navigated the global economy for over 100 years.

Bringing Domestic Manufacturing Back With Scott Paul

In this episode, the Trade Guys and Jack Caporal (filling in for Andrew Schwartz) talk with Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM). They discuss what the U.S. should be doing domestically while engaged in a trade war with China.

The Truce

In this episode, the Trade Guys and Jack Caporal (filling in for Andrew Schwartz) discuss the US-China trade ceasefire and developments from last week's G20 meetings. Why is the U.S. lifting the ban on selling equipment to Huawei? Plus, the European Union signs a huge trade deal with the Mercosur countries.

I Predict A Rerun

In this episode, guest host Jack Caporal, associate fellow with the Scholl Chair in International Business at CSIS, chats with the Trade Guys about the G20 meetings, the USMCA, and the upcoming Democratic Presidential debates.

Talk About An Unraveling with Steve Lamar

In this episode, the Trade Guys and Andrew welcome a special guest. Steve Lamar is the Executive Vice President of the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA), and represents members before Congress and the Administration. They discuss how tariffs are affecting the apparel and footwear industry, and look ahead to the slated Trump-Xi meeting next week on the sidelines of the G20 meetings in Osaka.

Getting Back on Offense with Lesly McNitt

In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys welcome Lesly McNitt, Director of Public Policy for trade and biotechnology for the National Corn Growers Association. They discuss what she is hearing from corn growers, the administration, and Congress.

Human Stories with Karyn Page and Kimberly Benson

In this episode, the Trade Guys welcome two special guests who discuss how trade policy is affecting small and medium-sized businesses. Karyn Page is the President and CEO of Kansas Global Trade Services, Inc., which helps companies and cities leverage their capabilities and global reach. She chairs the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business (ITAC 9). Kimberly Benson is the President of Zenaida Global, an export management and advisory firm based in Rancho Santa Fe, California. She currently serves as ITAC 9's Primary Vice Chair.

Over the Weekend, A 180 (Anniversary Edition)

In this episode, the Trade Guys and Andrew celebrate the first anniversary of the podcast. They discuss the status of the US-China talks and what will happen when negotiators from both countries are scheduled to meet later in the week.

Winning at the WTO

Andrew and the Trade Guys catch up on the latest WTO dispute settlement news, review the latest economic analysis of the USMCA, and somehow manage to weave in a Game of Thrones update.

Digital Trade with Victoria Espinel of BSA | The Software Alliance

Andrew and the Trade Guys take on the world of digital trade with Victoria Espinel, president and CEO of BSA | The Software Alliance. Victoria shares her thoughts on USMCA, the evolving intersection of privacy and digital trade, and much more.

Trade Guys on the Road: Georgetown University Edition

In this episode, the Trade Guys and Andrew hit the road to record in front of a live audience at Georgetown University. On the agenda was the status of the US-China talks and what the president means by a US-Japan deal. Students of CSIS Korea Chair Victor Cha’s Modern Asia class asked questions that the Trade Guys answered throughout the show.

Closing In

In this episode, the US and China finally appear to be closing out their trade deal. Andrew and the Trade Guys discuss the pros and cons of the agreement, and what’s happened after a year of steel and aluminum tariffs.

State of the Trading Union

In this episode of The Trade Guys, the State of the Union is front and center. After the address was pushed back a week because of the government shutdown, the president is expected to call on Congress to pass the USMCA. All this goes on as Congress drafts legislation to curb the president's current national security tariff powers. Will the president deliver a bipartisan message? What will he say about the US-China trade war?

US-China talks and the CBO Report

On this episode, the Trade Guys and Andrew cover a lot of ground as the US wraps up trade talks with China. Plus, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)’s 2019 Budget and Economic Outlook report reveals that the administration’s trade wars are hurting the US economy. How is Congress reacting? Will the administration take action?

Josh Bolten Joins the Trade Guys (Part II)

The Trade Guys kick off the new year by welcoming special guest, Josh Bolten, CEO and President of the Business Round Table (BRT). Bolten, Andrew, and the Trade Guys discuss what to expect in the trade world in 2019. Part II of their conversation includes their insights on the U.S.-China trade relationship.

Trade Truce?

In this episode, the Trade Guys breakdown the latest from the G20. President Trump and Xi Jinping settled on a 90-day trade truce. But will the temporary ceasefire last? Also up, the Guys analyze the president's moves on the USMCA, what's next for the agreement, and how Congress might react.

Rumble in the Jungle

In this episode, the Trade Guys preview a highly anticipated meeting between President Trump and China’s Xi Jinping at the upcoming G20 summit in Argentina. The crew also discusses General Motors and the changing landscape for auto demand in the U.S.

Six Months Later: An Evaluation

Six Months Later: An Evaluation

Any evaluation must look both at the policy and its implementation—regular readers of this column may remember the story of the grasshopper and the ant. If the latter is flawed, then the merits of the policy end up being little more than a footnote.

The 50 States of Trade

The 50 States of Trade

The trade policy of the United States is determined at the federal level in Washington, DC, but it’s the 50 states that either reap its rewards or bear its costs. Explore each state's trade relationship with Canada, Mexico, the European Union, and China through this interactive map.

Services, you can’t trade without ‘em

In this episode, the Trade Guys explore the world of services with special guest Christine Bliss, the president of the Coalition of Services Industries and long-time services trade negotiator. Christine and the crew take a deep dive into how a strong services sector not only sets the foundation for trade in goods, but actually adds value to nearly every part of the U.S. economy.

Spoiling China's Appetite for U.S. LNG

Spoiling China's Appetite for U.S. LNG

The United States is swimming in natural gas, and China has a huge appetite for the relatively clean and efficient fuel to power its economy as it shifts away from coal. That dynamic led to growing U.S. liquefied natural gas exports to China over the past two years, but the trade war has thrown further growth into doubt.

Fixing the WTO

Fixing the WTO

CSIS was privileged last week to host the U.S. ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO), Dennis Shea, for a public conversation. Ambassador Shea did not make front page news, no doubt much to his relief. No surprise there. Even in the best of circumstances, the WTO rarely makes the front page, and we are hardly in the best of circumstances. He did, however, do an excellent job of both defending and explaining the administration's policy toward the organization. 

Bilats, Tensions, and an NFL Victory

In this episode, the Trade Guys cover a lot of ground. Japan is following EU’s playbook by agreeing to bilateral trade talks with the United States. Trade tensions with China may begin to spill over into other areas of bilateral tension. The trade deficit widens, and the NFL scores an USMCA win. Hosted by H. Andrew Schwartz, and produced by Yumi Araki and Jack Caporal at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

No to the Village People, but Yes to ‘Bait-and-Switch’?

No to the Village People, but Yes to ‘Bait-and-Switch’?

The completion of USMCA negotiations, however, has allowed attention to turn to other trade issues. While talks with the European and Japan are looming, China is the topic _du jour_, especially in the wake of the vice president’s speech last week. And there, I think, we are witnessing the unfolding of a time-tested tactic—"bait-and-switch”—promising one thing and delivering something else, usually of lesser value.

Trade Guys Q&A

In this episode, the Trade Guys answer some of the top questions submitted by our listeners. What’s the timeline on auto tariffs? Why protect our farmers from foreign tariffs? The Trade Guys answer all this and more.

Back from the Road: The Politics of Trade

The Trade Guys close out their September recording tour at home with a live audience of  Customs and International Trade Bar Association lawyers and the public. The guys began with a conversation on the politics of trade ahead of the midterm elections. They also discussed China, NAFTA…and memes.

Ports: The Backbone of Global Trade

Ports: The Backbone of Global Trade

Seaports are a fundamental part of global trade. In 2017, seaports in the United States handled roughly 42 percent of all trade in goods, worth a total of $1.6 trillion. Ports generate jobs, enable exporters to reach markets overseas, and give consumers access to competitive foreign goods.

Reframing the Trade Debate

Reframing the Trade Debate

There is no question that the president has reframed the debate on trade in the United States. As I have said many times, after 30 years below the fold in the business section (for you, millennials, that’s a reference to old-fashioned newspapers), trade is now on the front page every day. As it turns out, that has had both good and bad consequences.

Trade Guys on the Road: University of Maryland Edition

The Trade Guys continue their recording tour; this time at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. They are joined by a special guest, Rick Powers, the Port of Baltimore's director of marketing. The guys and Rick discuss updates on NAFTA, the tit-for-tat with China, and roll-on/roll-off (a.k.a. RoRo) shipping's relationship with tariffs.

What is Dumping?

What is Dumping?

Being subject to dumping can cause some serious harm and lead to intense fights – and no, we’re not talking about the latest celebrity breakup. In the context of trade, politicians will often blame other countries for “dumping” products into the United States. What are they talking about and, how can companies and the government respond to dumping? Well, like any big breakup, it’s complicated. Watch this video with Trade Guy Bill Reinsch to find out more.

A 21st Century Trade War

A 21st Century Trade War

The Trump administration has launched an unparalleled trade war with enemies and allies alike. But it’s been generations since our last true trade war. So how will this play out in our modern age, and what are the stakes?

Aren’t We All Free Traders?

Aren’t We All Free Traders?

Most politicians say they are free traders, but disagree over how to achieve free trade. The president's actions and statements have called into question whether he is indeed a free trader, and whether his method of making trade freer will pay off.

Only as Good as the Next Tweet

The Trade Guys welcome another special guest, Cody Lusk, who is the president and CEO of the American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA).

Talking Turkey and the Economy

The Trade Guys talk about the U.S.-Turkey diplomatic spat that has spilled into the realm of trade.

Trade and Wages

Trade and Wages

One eternal element of the debate on trade policy is blame. Bad things are happening in our economy. Is trade responsible for them? Trade skeptics say “yes”—trade promotes a race to the bottom. Free traders say “no”—trade is a scapegoat for a lot of other things that are going on.

China Strikes Back

The U.S.-China trade war doesn’t let up. The Trade Guys tackle how the latest tranche of tariffs are affecting American businesses and Congress.

The U.S.-China trade fight

The U.S.-China trade fight

President Trump in March announced that his administration would impose tariffs on Chinese imports of that value. So far, China has responded with tariffs on an equivalent amount of U.S. goods. But the U.S.-China trade balance has made it impossible for China to keep up the tit-for-tat tariff exchange.

Chemistry Caught in the Crossfire

Ed Brzytwa is the director of international trade at the American Chemistry Council and a former United States Trade Representative negotiator. He joins the Trade Guys in the studio to talk about how the trade war is affecting both producers and consumers of chemical products.

Hearing from the Heartland

Blake Hurst is a third-generation farmer and the president of the Missouri Farm Bureau. He joins the Trade Guys in the studio to offer insight on how the trade war is affecting farmers, other producers in the community, and the politics on the ground.

Counting Down to Tariff Time

The Trade Guys discuss the mayhem right before the United States pulls the trigger on imposing tariffs on China.

Goodbye to Harley Davidson and the WTO?

Trade Guys Bill Reinsch and Scott Miller discuss Harley Davidson’s decision to outsource some of their production and why it has upset the President.

Trade War Hitting A Fever Pitch

The Trade Guys, Scott Miller and Bill Reinsch put President Trump’s notion that trade wars are “good, and easy to win” to the test.

I Smell a Trade War

The Trade Guys, Bill Reinsch and Scott Miller, take on the Trump administration’s announcement that it will impose tariffs on $50 billion of goods from China, raising the potential for a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies.

Bad Moon Rising Over G7

The Trade Guys, Scott Miller and Bill Reinsch recap the fallout from the Trump administration’s move to impose tariffs on the EU and Canada.

China: The Dust Never Settles

China: The Dust Never Settles

The U.S.-China trade battle appears to have no end in sight. The Trump administration appears to want it all from China: market access concessions, a reduction in the trade deficit, and significant internal Chinese reforms.

Trade War on Hold and a Skinny NAFTA

The Trade Guys, Scott Miller and Bill Reinsch tackle two big stories: what came out of the latest U.S.-China trade talks, and what’s happening with the North American Free Trade Agreement.

ZTE and Tweetable Deliverables

The Trade Guys, Scott Miller and Bill Reinsch talk about what’s going on between the Trump administration and the Chinese telecom company, ZTE.

Lost in the 1980s on Trade

Lost in the 1980s on Trade

Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. Trade Representative, is dusting off his playbook from the 80s. The trade policy veteran, who served as a deputy in the Reagan administration, is seeking negotiated steel and aluminum quotas and has made his skepticism of the World Trade Organization no secret.

To Be / Or Not to Be in the TPP

In this inaugural episode of The Trade Guys, Scott Miller and Bill Reinsch talk about a trade deal that’s made headlines: The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP.