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    Panning the decision to back out of key trade deal

    Editors at National Review Online remind us about the costly decision to remove the United States from an important trade agreement. Within weeks of his 2016 election victory, President Trump announced plans to withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a multilateral trade deal intended to build…
    Mitch Kokai, November 20, 2020
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    The debate about COVID-19 policies features plenty of data. It’s not always clear that the data points tell an accurate story. Jon Sanders explains why during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Joseph Coletti explains how popular Democratic policies — Medicaid expansion, an end to…
    Mitch Kokai, October 23, 2020
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    Classical liberals’ role in the current climate

    Dalibor Rohac of the American Enterprise Institute ponders classical liberals’ response to current political trends. Whenever classical liberals feel despondent about the present moment, they ought to remember the circumstances surrounding the creation of the Mont Pelerin Society, which helped give birth to the contemporary version of their…
    Mitch Kokai, June 1, 2020
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    Trump and China: He could take a tougher line

    Michael Brendan Dougherty of National Review Online explores the president’s approach to the communist Chinese regime. Trump was elected in no small part because of his opposition to immigration and globalization. He asked who really benefited from these phenomena, and proposed doing something about them. China, as a…
    Mitch Kokai, May 15, 2020
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    Rethinking the supply chain: Economic factors to keep in mind

    Caroline Freund of the World Bank writes at Barron’s about factors nations and companies will consider in the debate over the future of supply chains. Some economists are asking whether deep economic integration has been shortsighted, with too many companies chasing supply-chain efficiency gains rather than focusing on…
    Mitch Kokai, May 11, 2020
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    China’s COVID-19 actions lead to bipartisan agreement

    Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner explains how communist China has helped bring Democrats and Republicans together. China’s keeping the coronavirus secret from the world as the outbreak began has united Democrats and Republicans who now want the communist nation punished and exported American jobs returned to the…
    Mitch Kokai, April 28, 2020
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    COVID-19 changes attitudes about communist China

    Sumantra Maitra writes at the Federalist about the COVID-19 pandemic’s potential impact on China’s relations with nations around the globe. As calls for reparation grew in Germany, echoing those from elsewhere in Europe, the Chinese Embassy wrote a strong open letter “reminding” Germans of their “historic friendship.” That…
    Mitch Kokai, April 22, 2020
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    Future relations with China deserve more scrutiny

    Samuel Gregg writes at Law and Liberty about the best approach to the question of American relations with communist China. Unexpected events can shatter even the strongest consensus on a given topic. The coronavirus pandemic is such a moment when it comes to America’s relationship with China. Until…
    Mitch Kokai, April 20, 2020