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Great Decisions | Decoding U.S.-China Trade

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Dr. Peter Petri closes out the spring season of Great Decisions with Decoding: U.S.-China Trade!

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In the foreseeable future, China and the United States will be the world’s largest economies and most influential countries. Yet their relationship has taken a nosedive and is now cooler than at any time since President Nixon visited China in 1972. A Trump-Xi trade deal, now in the works, promises to de-escalate tensions, but experts are skeptical. Many expect “disengagement” and an “economic cold war.” We will examine the nuts-and-bolts of the trade deal, the challenges of the China-US relationship, and possibilities for better outcomes based on rebuilding trust.

Peter A. Petri is the Carl J. Shapiro Professor of International Finance in the Brandeis International Business School. From 1994 to 2006 he served as the founding Dean and from 2016 to 2018 as the Interim Dean of the School. He is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and its John L. Thornton China Center (Washington), and a Visiting Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (Washington). Petri has held appointments as Visiting Scholar or Professor at the OECD (Paris), Keio University (Tokyo), Fudan University (Shanghai) and Peking University (Beijing), and as a Fulbright Research Scholar and Brookings Policy Fellow. He has consulted for APEC, the Asian Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank Institute, the World Bank, the OECD, the United Nations and the governments of the United States and other countries.

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