Trade Matters

Episode 8: U.S. Leadership and the U.S.-China Phase One Deal | February 3, 2020 | 38 minutes

Guest: Andrea Durkin, former U.S. trade negotiator and creator of Consensus Learning
Andrea Durkin dives into the U.S.-China Phase One deal, explaining why she believes it is an example of U.S. leadership at its best and how it may help U.S. agriculture over the long term. She also discusses the lesser-known joint effort of the United States, EU, and Japan to tackle industrial subsidies to state-owned enterprises—a problem at the heart of the U.S.-China dispute—and highlights a trade issue that she believes should get more attention in 2020 and beyond.

Episode 17: Is Agriculture a Bright Spot in U.S.-China Relations? | September 15, 2020 | 26 minutes

Guest: Ambassador Gregg Doud, U.S. Chief Agricultural Negotiator (2018-2021)
In the U.S.-China Phase One Deal, China agreed to make 57 structural changes that improve market access for agricultural goods. The majority of those changes have been implemented. Ambassador Gregg Doud discusses the significance of these changes, what it took to reach an agreement, and why he describes the deal as “historic.”


China’s Industrial Subsidies: What Can be Done? | September 16, 2020 | 60 minutes

Chinese government subsidies to favored industries and the role of state-owned enterprises, along with the overarching role of the state in the Chinese economy, are at the core of U.S.-China trade tensions and are not addressed in the U.S.-China Phase One trade deal, signed in January 2020. Kelly Ann Shaw, former White House advisor, and Stephen Olson and Andrea Durkin, former trade negotiators, walk through these challenges and ongoing efforts to address them through the WTO and other forums, including a joint statement issued in January 2020 by the U.S., EU and Japan calling for improved subsidy disciplines within the WTO.