The Great Debate

Obama: Building trade to build growth

By Edward Alden
December 5, 2013

The Obama administration has quietly embraced the most ambitious agenda on trade and investment liberalization in the past two decades.

The U.S. economy needs an exports-led boost

By Dimitri Papadimitriou
November 26, 2013

A recent visit by President Obama to an Ohio steel mill underscored his promise to create 1 million manufacturing jobs. On the same day, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker announced her department’s commitment to exports, saying “Trade must become a bigger part of the DNA of our economy.”

from David Rohde:

Will “Made in America” sell in China?

By David Rohde
November 3, 2011

Update: My apologies. In the first version of this column, I confused two different Camaro models. A corrected version is below.

America as an export nation?

By Reuters Staff
July 30, 2010

The following is a guest post by Bruce Katz, Emilia Istrate and Jonathan Rothwell. Mr. Katz is the editor of several books on transportation, demographics and regionalism, including “Elevate Our Cities.”  Ms. Istrate is a senior research analyst with the Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative. Mr. Rothwell is a senior research analyst at the Metropolitan Policy program focusing on urban economics, innovation, and economic opportunity. The opinions expressed are their own.

China’s export dominance must force U.S. rethink

March 23, 2010

Managing the rise of China’s vast economy and healing the U.S. trade deficit will require a new willingness and capacity to boost U.S. technology exports at affordable prices. More importantly it requires a new language from policymakers and a new mindset.

For Chinese exporters, grass is greener abroad

September 17, 2009

WeiGucrop.jpg- Wei Gu is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own. -

The U.S.-China tire dispute threatens to spill into other sectors and squeeze Chinese exporters’ already razor-thin margins further. It might seem mind-boggling to many that Chinese manufacturers are still hanging on to weak overseas markets even though the domestic economy looks much healthier and surely offers more potential.

from Commentaries:

Japan takes a kinder approach to growth

August 31, 2009

The victorious Democratic Party of Japan did not put economic growth at the heart of its electoral sales pitch. The party's manifesto mentions "growth" only once. The word "support", by contrast, appears 19 times.