January 2, 2019

The Trade Issue Nobody Is Talking About

Christine McDaniel

Senior Research Fellow

Most U.S. trade talk these days is about tariffs — the steel and aluminum tariffs, the China tariffs and maybe even soon-to-take-shape auto tariffs. But that talk has obscured an issue that may be even more important in global trade: digital flows of data and information across borders. 

Digital flows are essential to today’s commerce, yet they’re threatened by new restrictions being imposed by other countries. By focusing so much of our attention on tariffs, we have left a void that may be filled with more harmful protectionism...

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