"Like the president he now serves, Anton doesn't understand how the global trading order actually works. Trade agreements are long and complicated today because they are no longer primarily concerned with reducing tariffs (which are already quite low). Instead, contemporary trade agreements are mostly about harmonizing labor, regulatory, environmental, and copyright standards across many different societies, precisely for the purpose of creating fairer competition between states. Agreements of this kind are very much in America's interest, because otherwise U.S. workers would have to compete with foreign industries where labor and environmental standards are much lower than they are in the United States."
Jason M. Kelly is a Ph.D. candidate in modern Chinese history at Cornell University. His dissertation, which he will complete and revise during his Ernest May Fellowship, examines the commercial relationships that linked the Chinese Communist Party to international capitalism throughout the mid-twentieth century.
Before enrolling at Cornell, Jason was a Foreign Service Officer posted to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. He holds an M.A. in international relations from Yale University and a B.A. in economics from Dartmouth College.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm