A readily measurable aspect of globalization is the increasing exchange of capital, products and services across national boundaries, spurred by expanded use of container shipping and other technological improvements as well as falling barrier. The interdependence is most apparent with global supply chains, as manufactured goods like vehicles and electronics are assembled with components produced around the world, and it’s increasingly rare for any country to be the sole source of any one complex product. Countries aim to increase exports but worry about too many imports and trade imbalances, even as their consumers pursue low prices. Disagreements on subsidies, tariffs, quotas or unfair practices are debated by the World Trade Organization.

India's Diamonds Lose Their Luster

Global consumers abruptly redefine their wants and needs
Neeta Lal
February 5, 2009

N. Korea Plans Free Trade Zone on Island

China may get slim opportunity to influence the isolated nation
Toru Makinoda
February 5, 2009

Britain Must Not Go Wobbly on the Free Market

Rejecting foreign products or labor will invite immediate retaliation
Emma Marcegaglia
February 10, 2009

Obama Risks Flap on “Buy American”

Protectionist clauses in the US stimulus package could prompt a trade war and widespread job loss
Neil King Jr.
February 9, 2009

China Expanding African Arms Sales

African leaders cannot resist bargains in military hardware
Andrei Chang
February 6, 2009