Are We Headed for a Trade War?

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Breakfast Roundtable with Former Trade Diplomat Wendy Cutler

Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler briefs the international media at Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (U.S. State Department photo by William Ng/Flickr).

Breakfast available from 7:50 AM

Discussion begins at 8:10 AM

This event is by invitation only.

It has been a busy few weeks in the usually sleepy world of trade policy. On the same day that the 11 remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement signed a revised pact without the United States, the Trump Administration formally announced sweeping tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. The tariffs have raised the prospect of retaliation by the European Union, China, and other countries, and possible escalation into a trade war. In the meantime, the Trump Administration is widely expected to impose additional tariffs and investment restrictions on China in the next few weeks based on allegedly unfair practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation.

For Southern California, the stakes are high. Trade from China accounts for almost half of the total volume at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. One of the region’s largest employers was also in the news: The Trump Administration blocked Singaporean semiconductor chip maker Broadcom from buying San Diego’s Qualcomm, potentially setting off a war in global mergers and acquisitions.

Wendy Cutler, who led the negotiations of the TPP and the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) for the United States, joins Asia Society Southern California and the RAND Corporation for an off-the-record discussion on President Trump’s trade policy and the latest trade tensions. Cutler, now vice president of the Asia Society Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. will address what the TPP-11 means for the U.S., the status of the NAFTA and KORUS renegotiations, and the possibility of a global trade war.


Cutler discusses the Trans-Pacific Partnership with Bloomberg TV on February 21, 2018.

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Wed 18 Apr 2018
7:50 - 9:15 a.m.

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