Just when I think …

Just when I begin to think that President Donald J Trump could not get any worse, he goes and surprises me again. Just a day or two ago, I saw, in Breaking Defense, that “President Donald Trump delivered a garbled and misleading critique of the F-35’s supply chain today, casting the flexible and redundant international supplyContinue reading “Just when I think …”

Will the (possible) US-China trade deal be bad for Canada?

Two items in the Globe and Mail caught my eye: First, Adam Tooze, a professor of history, and director of the European Institute, at Columbia University writes that “Mr. Trump’s trade policy is a strange mélange. It represents not one single coherent response to globalization, but a series of reactions superimposed one on top of theContinue reading “Will the (possible) US-China trade deal be bad for Canada?”

Another step down the Cold War 2.0 path

I see, in an article in the Globe and Mail, that “President Donald Trump said Saturday he will pull the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty because Russia has violated the agreement, but he provided no details on the violations … [and] … The 1987 pact, which helps protect the security of the U.S.Continue reading “Another step down the Cold War 2.0 path”

A trade war to redress the dignity deficit

A couple of weeks ago I talked about ‘The Lighthizer doctrine,’ and I said that “Donald Trump came to office with a vision of a raging global trade war … [and Robert Lighthizer] … has testified that his goal is to bring manufacturing back to the United States.” Now an article in the South China Morning Post says thatContinue reading “A trade war to redress the dignity deficit”

It’s time to do a deal

Two things caught my eye a few days ago: First, an article in The Economist which is headlined, “The contours of a new NAFTA are emerging … [and] … It is worse than the old one but better than no deal at all;” and Second, an opinion piece by Barrie McKenna in the Globe and MailContinue reading “It’s time to do a deal”

Finding the bottom line?

As the week ended with President Trump “threatening to cause the “ruination” of Canada if the countries cannot reach a NAFTA deal,” and as Global Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland returns home for a short break in the talks,  Mercedes Stephenson of Global News, says, on social media, that: That may well be the case, andContinue reading “Finding the bottom line?”

The Lighthizer doctrine: army tanks attacking from Canada?

Matt Peterson, who is a senior editor at The Atlantic, has written an informative article in that journal that sheds some light on the Trump/Lighthizer trade strategy. His central thesis is that “Donald Trump came to office with a vision of a raging global trade war. In some tellings, the war is his glorious conquest. In others,Continue reading “The Lighthizer doctrine: army tanks attacking from Canada?”

China’s dilemma is the same as everyone’s

Michael Schuman, a Beijing based journalist and author, explains, in Bloomberg Opinion, why US President Donald Trump’s approach makes it almost impossible for Xi Jinping to offer anything meaningful to slow or end the trade war. “With the latest round of trade talks between the U.S. and China ending in a predictable stalemate,” Mr Schuman says, “oneContinue reading “China’s dilemma is the same as everyone’s”