In 2016, Donald Trump made his stance on trade with China very clear as he campaigned for the presidency. His platform included a more aggressive approach towards trade with China, resulting in the US-China Trade War being a significant concern during his time in office. Even after Biden took office, his administration quietly continued the Trump tariff regime and implemented even stricter restrictions targeting China’s technology usage, particularly on semiconductors.
Now that Trump is looking to get the Republican presidential nomination again, he is proposing even higher tariffs, potentially exceeding 60% on Chinese goods. This raises questions about the impact such tariffs would have on the US economy and global trade, especially for a country still grappling with inflation.
The potential effects of these tariffs are explored in a Bloomberg podcast episode featuring Tom Orlik, chief economist at Bloomberg Economics, and Mackenzie Hawkins, US industrial policy reporter for Bloomberg News. They provide an in-depth analysis of the implications of the proposed tariffs on the US economy and global trade. Key insights from the podcast include discussions on the economic role of tariffs, the impact of tariffs under the Trump and Biden administrations, and the potential impact of increased tariffs on clean energy and electric vehicles.
As we continue to navigate these complex issues related to trade policy and broader economic strategies, it is essential to engage in comprehensive analysis and discussions to inform informed decisions about how to move forward.