A readily measurable aspect of globalization is the increasing exchange of capital, products and services across national boundaries, spurred by expanded use of container shipping and other technological improvements as well as falling barrier. The interdependence is most apparent with global supply chains, as manufactured goods like vehicles and electronics are assembled with components produced around the world, and it’s increasingly rare for any country to be the sole source of any one complex product. Countries aim to increase exports but worry about too many imports and trade imbalances, even as their consumers pursue low prices. Disagreements on subsidies, tariffs, quotas or unfair practices are debated by the World Trade Organization.

Clouds Over Charities for Refugees in Islamic Countries

Governments seek aid for refugees, but want to prevent charitable donations from slipping into extremists' hands
Susan Froetschel
December 18, 2014

Chinese Agriculture Goes Global

China invests in land and research in Africa, South America, Central Asia to feed the world’s largest population
Loro Horta
December 16, 2014

Afro-Optimism: Has the Pendulum Swung Too Far?

Rising Africa’s leaders and citizens must keep focus on education, jobs, elimination of corruption and inequality
Raila Odinga
December 2, 2014

Government Approval Not Enough, Businesses Need Social License

In era of globalized awareness, best business, government practices demand local consent and social license
John Morrison
October 21, 2014

How Wall Street Is Killing Big Oil

Investors force big private energy companies into liquidation; energy dominance shifts to emerging markets
Deepak Gopinath
October 16, 2014

TPP, China and the Future of Global Trade Order

China could ask to join TPP, but would prefer finalizing the Doha Round with the WTO
Shuaihua Cheng
October 14, 2014

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How Trump Would Rework NAFTA – And What Mexico, Canada Want in Return

NAFTA is tied to increased job and economic growth for each nation
Theophilos Argitis, Eric Martin, and Saleha Mohsin
January 24, 2017

China Groups Take Out Insurance Against Blocking of Foreign Deals

The firms anticipate increasing protectionism
Henry Sender
January 12, 2017

China Launches Freight Train to Britain

The milestone is part of an effort to stimulate the Chinese economy
Louise Moon
January 11, 2017

We Can’t Undo Globalization, But Can Improve It

Job hunters should relocate, and companies could expand export capability
Gary Pinkus, James Manyika and Sree Ramaswamy
January 10, 2017

China Set to Rescue Australia Economy at Just the Right Time

An increase in commodity prices bodes well for the future
Michael Heath
December 9, 2016

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