U.S. trade options in Asia

Chinese workers install wind turbine in Shandong province
Wind turbines are among the many Chinese products that have been hit with antidumping or countersubsidy duties by the U.S. Department of Commerce (source: dpa)

  • The Trump administration can be expected to step up antidumping measures
  • A tougher, more punitive stance could lead to an open breach with Asian partners
  • New bilateral deals could help prevent the U.S. from becoming marginalized

President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has created a great deal of uncertainty about American trade policy in Asia. The United States has been the leading rule maker and commercial power in the region’s trade for many decades. What it does over the next four years – and how its partners respond – will go a long way toward determining how the geo-economic picture in the Pacific develops.

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