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  • Special Report posted October 23, 2013 by Bryan Riley, Ambassador Terry Miller Congress Should Get Smart and Cut Tariffs to Boost Trade Freedom

    The latest rankings of trade freedom around the world,[1] developed by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal in the forthcoming 2014 Index of Economic Freedom,[2] once again demonstrate how citizens of countries that embrace free trade are better off than those in countries that do not. Data continue to show a strong correlation between trade freedom and a…

  • Backgrounder posted March 8, 2013 by Derek Scissors, Ph.D. What a Good Trans-Pacific Partnership Looks Like

    Every day, U.S. policymakers are faced with choices that will determine the future of American leadership in Asia. One such set of choices involves the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) currently being negotiated. The TPP is a set of trade and investment negotiations among the U.S., Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and…

  • Issue Brief posted February 15, 2013 by Walter Lohman, Derek Scissors, Ph.D. U.S. Should Back India’s Membership in APEC

    It has been a bad half-decade for American foreign economic policy. The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Doha round was mortally wounded in 2008. The last three bilateral trade agreements were stalled and then renegotiated. The next one is not even on the radar screen. While the 11-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and a possible agreement with the 27-nation European…

  • Special Report posted October 25, 2012 by Bryan Riley, Ambassador Terry Miller 2013 Index of Economic Freedom: No Boost in Trade Freedom

    Abstract: The Heritage Foundation has been tracking and ranking trade freedom around the world since 1995. The rankings have consistently shown a correlation between trade freedom and improved lives for people around the world—and vice versa. The latest rankings, in the forthcoming 2013 Index of Economic Freedom, once again confirm that connection. For that reason, it is…

  • Testimony posted July 20, 2012 by Derek Scissors, Ph.D. The Most Important Chinese Trade Barriers

    Testimony before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Relations July 19, 2012 My name is Derek Scissors. I am Senior Research Fellow for Asia Economics at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my own and should not be construed as representing any official position of The Heritage Foundation. …

  • Issue Brief posted July 10, 2012 by Emily Goff Shallow Loss: The 2012 Farm Bill’s New Subsidy Program

    The Senate recently passed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, which repeals a set of wasteful and antiquated commodity programs. Yet it supplants those program cuts with a costly new subsidy—the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) program. The House draft farm bill also gets rid of the so-called direct payments and replaces them with a similar new subsidy. …

  • Backgrounder posted May 14, 2012 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., Bryan Riley After WTO Membership: Promoting Human Rights in Russia with the Magnitsky Act

    Abstract: Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) will put U.S. companies at a disadvantage with their global competitors unless Congress first exempts Russia from the application of the Jackson–Vanik Amendment, a tool from the 1970s designed to promote human rights that no longer advances that goal. Russia admittedly suffers from weak rule of law and…

  • Backgrounder posted October 7, 2011 by Bryan Riley, Ambassador Terry Miller Global Trade Freedom Needs a Boost

    Abstract: The 2012 rankings of trade freedom around the world indicate that trade freedom in the world has remained constant or regressed slightly since 2011. The lack of improvement is regrettable because countries with the most trade freedom have the highest per capita gross domestic product, the lowest incidence of hunger, and the cleanest environments. The U.S. needs…

  • Backgrounder posted October 4, 2011 by Derek Scissors, Ph.D. The Facts About China’s Currency, Chinese Subsidies, and American Jobs

    Abstract: There is great concern in the U.S. about Chinese currency policy costing American jobs. But over two decades, there has been no evidence that a weak yuan causes high American unemployment. What American policymakers should focus on is other Chinese actions that do harm the U.S. and the entire global economy, particularly China’s market-distorting and…

  • Backgrounder posted August 8, 2011 by Derek Scissors, Ph.D. Tools to Build the U.S.–China Economic Relationship

    Abstract: The scheduled autumn visit of China’s next Communist Party General Secretary, Xi Jinping, to Washington is a good opportunity for the U.S. to re-examine its often mismanaged economic diplomacy with China. Policymakers from both parties frequently point to the seemingly exceptional importance of China to the American economy, yet have created an…

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  • Testimony posted July 20, 2012 by Derek Scissors, Ph.D. The Most Important Chinese Trade Barriers

    Testimony before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Relations July 19, 2012 My name is Derek Scissors. I am Senior Research Fellow for Asia Economics at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my own and should not be construed as representing any official position of The Heritage Foundation. …

  • Special Report posted October 25, 2012 by Bryan Riley, Ambassador Terry Miller 2013 Index of Economic Freedom: No Boost in Trade Freedom

    Abstract: The Heritage Foundation has been tracking and ranking trade freedom around the world since 1995. The rankings have consistently shown a correlation between trade freedom and improved lives for people around the world—and vice versa. The latest rankings, in the forthcoming 2013 Index of Economic Freedom, once again confirm that connection. For that reason, it is…

  • Backgrounder posted July 13, 2011 by Derek Scissors, Ph.D. Chinese Outward Investment: More Opportunity Than Danger

    Abstract: Chinese investment in the rest of the world, especially in the United States, continues to be a controversial topic. It is important for policymakers to understand the scope of China’s investments, and unless there is a specific national security consideration, market principles should guide the American policy response. Heritage Foundation China and…

  • Special Report posted October 23, 2013 by Bryan Riley, Ambassador Terry Miller Congress Should Get Smart and Cut Tariffs to Boost Trade Freedom

    The latest rankings of trade freedom around the world,[1] developed by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal in the forthcoming 2014 Index of Economic Freedom,[2] once again demonstrate how citizens of countries that embrace free trade are better off than those in countries that do not. Data continue to show a strong correlation between trade freedom and a…

  • Backgrounder posted March 8, 2013 by Derek Scissors, Ph.D. What a Good Trans-Pacific Partnership Looks Like

    Every day, U.S. policymakers are faced with choices that will determine the future of American leadership in Asia. One such set of choices involves the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) currently being negotiated. The TPP is a set of trade and investment negotiations among the U.S., Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and…

  • WebMemo posted October 7, 2010 by Helle C. Dale The White House Embraces Smart Power: Now What?

    “Smart power” is supposedly the Hegelian synthesis of soft and hard power instruments of foreign policy. In reality, though, it usually means downgrading hard power in favor of soft power, which is precisely what is happening in America today. Now, “smart power” has received its official stamp from the White House with the signing on September 22 by President Obama of a…

  • Issue Brief posted July 10, 2012 by Emily Goff Shallow Loss: The 2012 Farm Bill’s New Subsidy Program

    The Senate recently passed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, which repeals a set of wasteful and antiquated commodity programs. Yet it supplants those program cuts with a costly new subsidy—the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) program. The House draft farm bill also gets rid of the so-called direct payments and replaces them with a similar new subsidy. …

  • Backgrounder posted August 10, 2010 by Bryan Riley A Prescription for Export Growth—and Economic Recovery

    Abstract: President Obama has pledged to double U.S. exports over the next five years—an ambitious goal. But the President’s strategy of creating Export Promotion Cabinets and subsidizing loans is not the way to make that happen. The federal budget deficit—$1.4 trillion—is the largest obstacle to increasing exports, every year diverting hundreds of billions of dollars in…

  • WebMemo posted February 24, 2010 by Daniella Markheim Brazilian Retaliation Against U.S. Trade Violations: A Signal for Reform

    On March 1, Brazil will announce a list of retaliatory tariffs against U.S. goods—a response to the American government’s unwillingness to eliminate subsidies to domestic cotton producers. The World Trade Organization (WTO), in 2004 and again in 2005, deemed facets of America’s cotton program inconsistent with multilateral trade rules and U.S. commitments. The 2005…

  • WebMemo posted December 4, 2009 by Daniella Markheim America Should Follow Through with Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Negotiations

    One positive outcome of President Obama's recent trip to Asia is a U.S. commitment to reengage in long-postponed negotiations to join the Trans-Pacific Economic Strategic Partnership (TPP).[1] Brunei, Chile, Singapore, and New Zealand -- the current members of the trade pact -- designed the TPP[2] to serve as a model trade agreement for the Asia-Pacific region. A key…

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  • Special Report posted October 23, 2013 by Bryan Riley, Ambassador Terry Miller Congress Should Get Smart and Cut Tariffs to Boost Trade Freedom

    The latest rankings of trade freedom around the world,[1] developed by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal in the forthcoming 2014 Index of Economic Freedom,[2] once again demonstrate how citizens of countries that embrace free trade are better off than those in countries that do not. Data continue to show a strong correlation between trade freedom and a…

  • Backgrounder posted March 8, 2013 by Derek Scissors, Ph.D. What a Good Trans-Pacific Partnership Looks Like

    Every day, U.S. policymakers are faced with choices that will determine the future of American leadership in Asia. One such set of choices involves the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) currently being negotiated. The TPP is a set of trade and investment negotiations among the U.S., Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and…

  • Issue Brief posted February 15, 2013 by Walter Lohman, Derek Scissors, Ph.D. U.S. Should Back India’s Membership in APEC

    It has been a bad half-decade for American foreign economic policy. The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Doha round was mortally wounded in 2008. The last three bilateral trade agreements were stalled and then renegotiated. The next one is not even on the radar screen. While the 11-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and a possible agreement with the 27-nation European…

  • Special Report posted October 25, 2012 by Bryan Riley, Ambassador Terry Miller 2013 Index of Economic Freedom: No Boost in Trade Freedom

    Abstract: The Heritage Foundation has been tracking and ranking trade freedom around the world since 1995. The rankings have consistently shown a correlation between trade freedom and improved lives for people around the world—and vice versa. The latest rankings, in the forthcoming 2013 Index of Economic Freedom, once again confirm that connection. For that reason, it is…

  • Issue Brief posted July 10, 2012 by Emily Goff Shallow Loss: The 2012 Farm Bill’s New Subsidy Program

    The Senate recently passed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, which repeals a set of wasteful and antiquated commodity programs. Yet it supplants those program cuts with a costly new subsidy—the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) program. The House draft farm bill also gets rid of the so-called direct payments and replaces them with a similar new subsidy. …

  • Backgrounder posted May 14, 2012 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., Bryan Riley After WTO Membership: Promoting Human Rights in Russia with the Magnitsky Act

    Abstract: Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) will put U.S. companies at a disadvantage with their global competitors unless Congress first exempts Russia from the application of the Jackson–Vanik Amendment, a tool from the 1970s designed to promote human rights that no longer advances that goal. Russia admittedly suffers from weak rule of law and…

  • Backgrounder posted October 7, 2011 by Bryan Riley, Ambassador Terry Miller Global Trade Freedom Needs a Boost

    Abstract: The 2012 rankings of trade freedom around the world indicate that trade freedom in the world has remained constant or regressed slightly since 2011. The lack of improvement is regrettable because countries with the most trade freedom have the highest per capita gross domestic product, the lowest incidence of hunger, and the cleanest environments. The U.S. needs…

  • Backgrounder posted October 4, 2011 by Derek Scissors, Ph.D. The Facts About China’s Currency, Chinese Subsidies, and American Jobs

    Abstract: There is great concern in the U.S. about Chinese currency policy costing American jobs. But over two decades, there has been no evidence that a weak yuan causes high American unemployment. What American policymakers should focus on is other Chinese actions that do harm the U.S. and the entire global economy, particularly China’s market-distorting and…

  • Backgrounder posted August 8, 2011 by Derek Scissors, Ph.D. Tools to Build the U.S.–China Economic Relationship

    Abstract: The scheduled autumn visit of China’s next Communist Party General Secretary, Xi Jinping, to Washington is a good opportunity for the U.S. to re-examine its often mismanaged economic diplomacy with China. Policymakers from both parties frequently point to the seemingly exceptional importance of China to the American economy, yet have created an…

  • Backgrounder posted July 13, 2011 by Derek Scissors, Ph.D. Chinese Outward Investment: More Opportunity Than Danger

    Abstract: Chinese investment in the rest of the world, especially in the United States, continues to be a controversial topic. It is important for policymakers to understand the scope of China’s investments, and unless there is a specific national security consideration, market principles should guide the American policy response. Heritage Foundation China and…

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