Rebuilding the US consensus on trade (East Asia Forum)

The United States is experiencing an existential crisis regarding trade. The 2016 US presidential election highlighted the collapse of the US consensus on trade, with both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump railing against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and free trade agreements. These politicians tapped into the deep-seated fears of American voters that the United States had fallen behind, that outsourcing was hollowing out the United States, and that free trade deals and China were to blame.

Rebuilding the US consensus on trade

Tami Overby, Washington DC

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