International Trade and World Market

From Mexico to the U.S., a Nafta Tale of Two Truckers

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — Raúl García Miranda wants Carlos Flores’s job. Mr. Flores doesn’t think he deserves it. The two men haul goods that travel from Mexico into the United States. Both come from a Mexican border town infested with drug cartels. But Mr. Flores got out. He became a …

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‘We’re Competing Against Everybody Just Like You’: Voices on Manufacturing in Mexico

Many of the respondents echoed a common theme: Fear of the looming threat of automation, and of losing jobs to China. In follow-up interviews, respondents shared more about their experiences and their views on globalization. These interviews have been lightly edited and condensed, and one was translated from Spanish. ‘Americans …

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South Korea Seizes Ship Suspected of Sending Oil to North Korea

A similar ship-to-ship transfer involving another North Korean ship, Rye Song Gang 1, was captured in satellite photos released by the United States Treasury Department on Nov. 21, although the department did not release the name of the other ship involved in the high-seas transaction. The South Korean authorities boarded …

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China Offers Tax Incentives to Persuade U.S. Companies to Stay

While Thursday’s announcement did not explicitly refer to the tax overhaul in the United States, analysts have said that it is almost certain that the policy was in response to it. This month, China’s vice finance minister, Zhu Guangyao, pledged to “take proactive measures” in response to the overhaul, according …

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U.S. Tax Bill May Inspire Cuts Globally, While Fueling Trade Tensions

“It’s a huge incentive to governments around the world who want to see more investment to be part of that,” said Andrew Mackenzie, the chief executive of the mining giant BHP, which has its headquarters in Australia and major operations in North and South America. “They will have to follow …

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Ford Will Build Electric Cars in Mexico, Shifting Its Plan

Sherif Marakby, Ford’s vice president for autonomous vehicles and electrification, said Thursday that the company had altered its plans for the Michigan plant — in Flat Rock, 25 miles southwest of Detroit — because it now expected the market for self-driving cars for taxis and delivery fleets to grow rapidly …

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As China Rises, Australia Asks Itself: Can It Rely on America?

The arguments come against a backdrop of concerns over China’s growing influence in Australia. These include allegations of Chinese meddling in Australian universities and news stories about ethnically Chinese businessmen with connections to the government in Beijing giving generously to election campaigns. Australia’s heavy reliance on iron ore and energy …

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Trump’s Trade Policy Is Lifting Exports. Of Canadian Lobster.

When Americans think about lobster, Maine often comes to mind. But Nova Scotia has emerged as a fierce competitor in exporting lobsters, particularly to Europe. Last year, American lobstermen sold only slightly more to Europe than their Canadian counterparts. That balance could soon shift given the Canadian-European trade pact, which …

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Seeing U.S. in Retreat Under Trump, Japan and China Move to Mend Ties

In gesturing toward a new friendliness, Japan is motivated in part by the recognition that as the United States retreats, it needs stronger trade with China. Having watched Mr. Trump heap praise on Mr. Xi in Beijing last week, Japan is also propelled by fear that the United States may …

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