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This article was published in the "Monkey Cage," a platform of the Washington Post, by Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman—both participating scholars in the U.S.-China Research Group on E-commerce and Mobile Technology—as part of their collaborative research.

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August 24, 2019

We’re Moving Toward a World of Fortress Economies

Author: Henry Farrell Abraham Newman

In an extraordinary series of tweets, President Trump raised tariffs on China and “hereby ordered” American companies to start “looking for an alternative to China” and perhaps bring their companies home to the United States.  Like many previous Trump statements, the immediate policy implications are unclear. Trump may move to make it far more difficult for U.S. companies to do business with China by invoking emergency powers, but he also might abandon the threat if it seems too politically costly, or if he believes he can get trade concessions from China.

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