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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Foreign Companies Face New Clampdown for Getting Money Out of China

New controls could speed up withdrawals and deter foreign investment
James T. Areddy and Lingling Wei
December 8, 2016

Trade Week Africa and the Continental Free Trade Area

Tariff reductions could keep $80 billion in the continent and boost economies
Amy Copley
December 7, 2016

Promises Trump Can’t Keep

To fulfill job promises, Trump must curtail automation and productivity
Nayan Chanda
November 28, 2016

“Brexit” Requires a Vote in Parliament, UK Court Rules

Prime minister had hoped for speedy process, but court ruled against shortcut
Stephen Castle
November 3, 2016

Belgium Walloons Block Key EU Ceta Trade Deal with Canada

Concern about trade deals, lost jobs, lower wages, arbitration rules and corporate power
October 24, 2016

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