January 25, 2017
Senior advisor Gregory Mastel was quoted in the Bloomberg article “U.S. Trade Spat with Japan Offers Lesson as Trump Eyes China.” The article notes that some economists expect the new U.S. administration to pursue complaints through the World Trade Organization and target the usual sectors such as iron and steel. It could also increase scrutiny of Chinese investment and label its rival a currency manipulator, though such a move would have little immediate impact. Mr. Mastel notes that, “Some of these steps might be more flexible tools for sending messages to China and less likely to create immediate problems for the United States. That all suggests years of conflict on a number of issues, not a one-shot tariff increase.”
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