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.

Demonizing China: Pundits Get its Role in Africa Wrong

Its faults are the same as those of the neo-liberal world
Barry Sautman and Yan Hairong
February 10, 2010

Free Trade Has Enriched the World with More than Diverse Goods

The populists attacking globalization get it wrong again
Daniel Griswold
October 2, 2009

Obama's Trade Policy Taking Shape – Part II

Once favored Free Trade Agreements need to be set aside to push for more promising Doha Round
Bernard K. Gordon
September 16, 2009

Obama's Trade Policy Taking Shape – Part I

The US tariffs on Chinese tires do not signal a major shift
Edward Gresser
September 14, 2009

Protectionism Threatens Global Economic Recovery

The G20 must act in concert to endorse free trade and stabilize the global financial system
Richard Baldwin and Simon Evenett
March 13, 2009

Will Washington Return to Supporting Freer Trade?

The Bush Administration's new trade unilateralism spells bad news for America and the world
Susan Ariel Aaronson
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