Tag Archives: anti-dumping

The Latest U.S.-China Trade Dispute: Solar Panels

May 18, 2012

The Obama administration will impose hefty tariffs on Chinese solar imports after determining Thursday that the country is flooding the market with underpriced panels.┬áThe Commerce Department, in a preliminary determination, ordered U.S. Customs and Border Protection to impose tariffs of between 31 and 250 percent on solar imports from various Chinese companies. (The Hill) This […]

The Trade Extortion Game: Because Sometimes Protectionism Just Isn’t Enough

February 16, 2011

I’m a big opponent of anti-dumping schemes, which allow countries to slap duties on imports that are too cheap. It’s a protectionist racket that helps domestic firms at the expense of consumers (who don’t have industry associations looking out for them). But as bad as anti-dumping is, there are worse things, one of which I […]

US Files Two New WTO Cases Against China. It’s the Politics, Stupid.

February 13, 2011

Seems like a lot of trade remedy cases pursued by the United States just happen to benefit the same small number of politically connected industries. I’m not a conspiracy theorist, just a cynic.

The Curious Case of Anshan Steel & the Space-Age Rebar Technology

July 7, 2010

Sneaky Chinese investors are trying to infiltrate the U.S. steel industry via a Mississippi factory. Will Congress save the day before valuable rebar technology falls into the wrong hands?

Once Upon A Time: Looking for a U.S.-China Trade Narrative

April 26, 2010

Once in a while, it’s fun to look at headlines and themes of international trade stories without getting into the substance. Call it light reading for the weekend in an area that is usually boring and overly techno-legal for most folks. A recent series of decisions made by Beijing and Washington easily lend themselves to […]

US Congress vs. the RMB: Round 367

March 18, 2010

I’ve been blogging in China since 2003, in one capacity or another, and I would probably run out of fingers (and toes) counting up all the stories I’ve written about RMB revaluation and US Congress sabre-rattling. Instead of writing the same old story with the same old opinion (i.e. RMB revaluation is a good idea, […]