Trump’s Trade War Takes Aim at Tech—Data Sheet

Clay Chandler here filling in for Adam. Tech investors began the week chuffed by the prospect that President Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping would revive stalled trade negotiations when they meet this Saturday in Osaka, Japan on the sidelines of the G20 summit. Their optimism was kindled last Tuesday by a Trump tweet revealing […]

Time for Trump to Change His Trade Tactics

Eleven long months ago, at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colo., New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman cogently explained how a rational, effective president of the United States would handle a trade dispute with China. He’d sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, bring European allies into the agreement, and then negotiate quietly with the […]

Trump Threatened Mexico With Tariffs, But His Demands Are Vague

President Donald Trump made clear that he’s prepared to impose tariffs on Mexico over a surge of migrants at the southern U.S. border. What he didn’t specify was what he wants Mexico to do to avoid the penalties. Nonetheless, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador he’s optimistic of achieving “good results” from a high-level meeting […]

My Fellow Democrats Are Skeptical About the USMCA. They Shouldn’t Be

Congress will soon vote on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), a landmark trade pact finalized by all three nations last November. This deal–which includes 34 chapters on trade issues ranging from intellectual property and digital trade to rules of origin and technical barriers–is a historic victory for workers. It would guarantee fairer pay through wage […]

Why Alibaba’s Hong Kong IPO May Signal a Chinese Retreat From Wall Street

This article first appeared in Data Sheet, Fortune’s daily newsletter on the top tech news. To get it delivered daily to your in-box, sign up here. Clay Chandler here, filling in for Adam from rainy Hong Kong where everybody is buzzing about Alibaba. As we briefly mentioned on Tuesday, the Chinese tech behemoth is mulling […]

Rare Earths, Bonds and Permit Hell: Three Weapons China Can Use to Escalate the Trade War

The ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China has been intense. Even disputes with other countries have often been used as ways to indirectly attack China. Overall, China has found subtle ways to beat Donald Trump at his own trade war, even as it has suffered economic damage in turn. But China has yet […]

Data Sheet—Why Alibaba’s Hong Kong IPO May Signal a Chinese Retreat From Wall Street

Clay Chandler here, filling in for Adam from rainy Hong Kong where everybody is buzzing about Alibaba. As we briefly mentioned on Tuesday, the Chinese tech behemoth is mulling a secondary listing on the Hong Kong exchange to raise $20 billion later this year. The company isn’t commenting. In this city, where finance floats nearly […]

Data Sheet—How Trump’s China Trade War Is Morphing Into a Tech War

Good morning. Clay Chandler in Hong Kong, filling in for Adam. Shares in Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology, the world’s largest manufacturer of surveillance equipment, and rival Zhejiang Dahua Technology tanked on the Shenzhen exchange Wednesday following news that the Trump administration may forbid the companies from buying U.S. technology, adding them to a national security […]

How China’s top-down political system holds it back

Clay Chandler here, chiming in from Hong Kong with CEO Daily’s weekly Sino-Saturday edition. It has been more than a week now since the collapse of trade talks between the world’s two largest economies. China and Washington have since announced billions of dollars in new tariffs on each others’ exports. Official rhetoric between the two […]