"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."
Tao REN is a predoctoral research fellow in the Belfer Center's Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, a Ph.D. candidate in public policy at Tsinghua University (THU), and a research fellow at THU's Center for Science, Technology, and Education.
He researches topics related to intergovernmental relationships, collaborative governance, process of decision-making, and social network analysis. His doctoral dissertation analyzes why and how Chinese government departments coordinate with each other in the field of low-carbon policy by conducting social network analysis.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm