Should the dollar's drop worry you?

Jan 2, 2020
The weakened currency means imports get more expensive, but U.S. goods and services sold overseas become more affordable.
The U.S Federal Reserve started pumping more dollars into the U.S. financial system, one reason the dollar has weakened.
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U.N. forecasts slower global growth this year. Thanks, trade war.

May 23, 2019
Analysts see the largest geopolitical risk coming from U.S.-China trade tensions.
Workers stand in line next to a container ship at a port in Qingdao in China's eastern Shandong province earlier this month.
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The trade war impacts everything from Apple to apples

How the U.S.-China trade war is affecting agribusiness and the rest of the global economy.
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U.S. companies want more than China's free market gestures

Nov 28, 2018
Ahead of the G-20 summit, both the United States and China are signaling a potential agreement to back off the budding trade war. President Donald Trump reportedly may delay scheduled tariffs on Chinese goods, and Beijing has provided more market access to international insurance companies. But there are many issues that still need to be […]

The U.S., Japan and the EU meet to discuss China’s trade practices

Sep 25, 2018
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is scheduled to meet Tuesday in New York with trade officials from the European Union and Japan. It’s the fourth meeting they’ve held in the past year, all in an effort to join forces against Chinese trade practices they say are unfair. Click the audio player above to hear the […]
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer speaks onstage during the 2018 Concordia Annual Summit at Grand Hyatt New York on Sept. 25, 2018 in New York City.
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Kenyan president comes to the White House

Aug 27, 2018
President Donald Trump will welcome Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta, to the White House today. When it comes to trade and investment, there’s a lot for them to talk about. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 
President Donald Trump welcomes Kenyan President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta to the White House Aug. 27, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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State Department role not limited to diplomacy

Mar 13, 2018
International reaction to President Trump’s firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been muted. One of the few public statements today came from Germany’s deputy foreign minister, who said it would not improve ties with his country. The State Department will face some tough challenges globally in the months ahead — everything from North […]

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What a baseball game has to do with the NAFTA negotiations

Mar 21, 2017
Carla Hills of the U.S. and Michael Wilson of Canada helped broker what Hills calls the 'premier trade agreement for its time.'
“Thirty-five states in the United States have as their No. 1 export market Canada. Nine million jobs in the United States are dependent on that trade relationship,” said Michael Wilson. He was the minister of trade when he participated in the NAFTA negotiations.
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What would a trade war between China and the U.S. look like?

Mar 15, 2017
President Donald Trump has promised to take a tough line with China over bilateral trade. Now word comes that Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said at China’s National People’s Congress that China does not want a trade war, but that if it did happen, the U.S. could be hurt. Neither the U.S. nor China has taken […]

Global trade growth is lackluster, so why all the controversy?

Oct 31, 2016
Kai Ryssdal talks with Binyamin Appelbaum of the New York Times about why global trade isn’t on the rise any more.
An inflatable Trojan horse is seen as people demonstrate outside the European Union headquarters in Brussels, on September 20, 2016 to protest against huge transatlantic trade deals linking Europe with Canada and the United States.
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