The Great Debate

Trump and Bernie are both right: ‘Free trade’ is killing us

April 13, 2016
A closed factory is seen in Sandusky, Ohio November 1, 2012. President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney went back on the attack on Thursday, breaking a storm-induced campaign truce to hit the road and pound home their closing messages in the final stretch of a tight battle for the White House. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS USA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION) - RTR39W36

A closed factory in Sandusky, Ohio, November 1, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Trade has been central to the 2016 presidential political debate, from Donald Trump threatening 45 percent tariffs on Chinese imports to Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) pressuring former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to oppose President Barack Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, the pact she earlier celebrated as the “gold standard” for trade accords.

Obama looks abroad to secure his legacy

June 25, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama meets with the leaders of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries in Beijing

U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd R) meets with the leaders of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries in Beijing November 10, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

The five most important issues in U.S.-China relations

June 23, 2015
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang and US Secretary of State Kerry hold a joint news conference following meetings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) and US Secretary of State John Kerry hold a joint news conference following meetings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing May 16, 2015. REUTERS/Saul Loeb/Pool

Why China has the upper hand in the South China Sea

June 3, 2015
Employees work inside a LCD factory in Wuhan

Employees in a LCD factory in Wuhan, Hubei province, May 8, 2013. REUTERS/China Daily

Who doesn’t want $123 billion? Why the trade deal must be done.

May 28, 2015
The skyline of Singapore's central business district is seen at dusk as operations continue at a PSA International port terminal in Singapore

The skyline of Singapore’s central business district at dusk as operations continue at a PSA International port terminal in Singapore, September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Edgar Su

How far is Japan willing to go to back the United States?

April 27, 2015
Handout photo shows U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships steaming in formation during their military manoeuvre exercise known as Keen Sword 15 in the sea south of Japan

U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships steam in formation during their military manoeuvre exercise known as Keen Sword 15 in the sea south of Japan, in this November 19, 2014 handout provided by the U.S. Navy. REUTERS/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/U.S. Navy/Handout

A lose-lose choice for Hillary Clinton

April 21, 2015
U.S. Secretary of State Clinton reacts while testifying on the Benghazi attacks during Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Washington

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responds to intense questioning about the September attacks on U.S. diplomatic sites in Benghazi, Libya, during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Why the United States is always the loser in any free-trade deal

April 10, 2015
The YM Bamboo, a container ship operated by the China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) is docked at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, California

The YM Bamboo, a container ship operated by the China Ocean Shipping Company docked at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, California, January 14, 2011. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

As free trade pacts expand, U.S. trade deficit soars. Why add one more?

February 17, 2015
U.S. President Obama, Australian Prime Minister Abbott and Japanese Prime Minister Abe meet at the G20 in Brisbane

(L-R) President Barack Obama, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the G20 in Brisbane, November 16, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Obama: Going ‘all in’ for the Asian Century

April 22, 2014

The reaction in Asia to the dominance of U.S. power is only surpassed by a fear that the United States is in retreat.