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“U.S. Trade Policy toward China: heading toward trade war or deal?"

  • March 21, 2019

San Diego World Affairs Council

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“U.S. Trade Policy toward China: heading toward trade war or deal?"


Gordon Hanson

Professor Gordon Hanson

International Trade Expert

School of Global Policy and Strategy

UC San Diego


The United States and China seem to have been hovering on the brink of an all-out trade war for many months. That said, bilateral negotiations are underway that some observers believe will lead to a resolution as early as this month. Will a U.S.-Chinese trade deal happen?  If it does, will the Trump administration accept concessions that may positively affect the U.S. trade balance with China but fall far short of the structural reforms some analysts say are necessary to healthy trade relations between China and the rest of the world?

After the 2016 presidential election, America dramatically shifted its approach to international trade. Economic nationalism replaced the multilateralism that guided U.S. economic relations since World War II. The newly aggressive U.S. stance is most evident in punitive tariffs imposed on China, which have harmed important U.S. exporters as well. Professor Hanson will discuss how U.S. trade policy has evolved over time and will consider likely scenarios for U.S. global economic relations.


About our Speaker

Gordon Hanson holds the Pacific Economic Cooperation Chair in International Economic Relations at UC San Diego, where he is on the faculty of the School of Global Policy and Strategy and the Department of Economics, and is director of the Center on Global Transformation. He is presently a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and co-editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives.

Professor Hanson received his Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992 and his B.A. in economics from Occidental College in 1986. Prior to joining UC San Diego in 2001, he served on the economics faculties of the University of Michigan and the University of Texas. In his scholarship, Professor Hanson specializes in international trade, international migration and economic geography.  His current research addresses how expanded trade with China has affected the U.S. labor market and how U.S. regional economies adjust to immigration. 


Thursday, March 21, 2019

6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Registration and Refreshments
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Presentation and Q&A


National University, Sanford Center Auditorium

11355 N. Torrey Pines Rd

La Jolla, CA 92037 

Complimentary parking on the National University campus


Free for SDWAC Members and Students

$10 for Non-Members


*Please note that the viewpoints expressed by speakers at SDWAC events are their own, and do not represent those of SDWAC. As a nonpartisan organization, SDWACseeks to engage speakers who, together, represent a variety of viewpoints across the political spectrum in order to contribute to informed policy discussion and a meaningful exchange of ideas within the San Diego community.


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