What will happen with US-China tariff-for-tariff pitched battles?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 11, 2018


Donald Trump wants the ‘Made in China 2025’ programme to become the ‘Never Made in China’ scheme. Xi Jingping wants him to understand that changing China’s industrial policies is too big a project even for someone who is president-for-life. Michael Schuman, who’s based in Beijing, says that fundamental disagreement sits at the heart of the … Continue reading “What will happen with US-China tariff-for-tariff pitched battles?”

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Mr Trump may be America’s Ambien

by Rashmee

Posted on July 3, 2018


Donald Trump is really, really good for world trade, just not for that with the United States. Consider the following developments in the past two weeks: June 14: Canada’s government asks parliament to ratify the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, the revised version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership from which Trump’s America’s pulled out … Continue reading “Mr Trump may be America’s Ambien”

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Existential dilemma: If the European Union cannot do trade, what can it do?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 1, 2016


After the kerfuffle over the European Union’s trade deal with Canada, Charlemagne asks a grand and important question: If the EU cannot do trade, what can it do? Exactly. The EU is the world’s biggest trading bloc. In the early days, that was its reason to exist. The 1957 Treaty of Rome (or, to be … Continue reading “Existential dilemma: If the European Union cannot do trade, what can it do?”

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Could General Electric’s decision on Glocalization serve as Globalization 2.0?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 5, 2016


Economics pundit Robert J. Samuelson recently deplored a speech by the head of General Electric that promised the American multi-nation was determined to “localize production”. Jeffrey Immelt of GE noted that “globalization was being attacked as never before”, in the US and elsewhere, American presidential candidates were taking a protectionist stance, and that it was … Continue reading “Could General Electric’s decision on Glocalization serve as Globalization 2.0?”

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A layperson’s guide to all that’s right with the Trans-Pacific Partnership

by Rashmee

Posted on October 12, 2015


The ranks of those who understand every clause of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are crowded. (I jest, just a little). Equally crowded are the ranks of those who criticize it roundly. (No joke). But here, for what it’s worth is a layperson’s guide to all that’s right about the TPP, drawing heavily from the transmitted … Continue reading “A layperson’s guide to all that’s right with the Trans-Pacific Partnership”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK