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.

Global Economic Growth “Sliding Back into the Morass”

Economists fear a backlash without push for investment, openness in global economy
Chris Giles
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Tens of Thousands Protest in Europe Against Atlantic Free Trade Deals

Europeans are skeptical about environmental and labor protections
Michael Nienaber
September 28, 2016

US Presidential Debate Stirs Worries in Asia

Trump vows to renegotiate trade agreements and security payments while Clinton offers stability
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Britain Approves Controversial Chinese-Financed Nuclear-Reactor, With a Catch

New British energy deal with China approved by skeptical May
Griff Witte
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Abe to Seek Cuba’s Help Over North Korea and Boost Trade

Cuba would gain global stature by convincing North Korea that nuclear weapons are not a good idea
Ayako Mie
September 21, 2016