Responding to Trade Coercion: A Growing Threat to the Global Trading System
ASPI and Perth USAsia Centre Joint Report
As geopolitical tensions have increased in recent years, international trading relationships have become more politicized. Coercive trade practices – including quotas, anti-dumping measures and/or phyto-sanitary barriers – have emerged as one of the more concerning expressions of this trend. These actions work to harm trade partners economically in effort to apply political pressure as part of a broader diplomatic dispute. This presents a serious threat to the integrity of the rules-based trading system.
Currently, existing trade instruments are unable to adequately address this growing concern. The World Trade Organization (WTO) is slow to respond, in the absence of a functioning appellate body, and coercive trade practices can be difficult to identify and quantify, allowing for many cases to go unreported. It will be critical for governments to find alternative tools for dealing effectively with trade coercion.
To address this challenge, the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) and the Perth USAsia Centre launched a joint report, Responding to Trade Coercion: A Growing Threat to the Global Trading System, which provides a menu of ten policy options for governments to consider. The report will be discussed on December 7th, 2021 at a virtual webinar with a panel of international trade experts.