US trade policy under Biden: Will it differ from Trump?

August 11, 2020

This article looks at how US trade policy might change under a Biden presidency. His “Made in America” and “Build Back Better” plans indicate that the Biden trade policy should show continuity in some areas with Trump. The “war” on the WTO would cease but tensions would remain due to Biden’s worker-based approach to trade.

 

Article originally published in the South China Morning Post

 

In both substantive and stylistic terms, President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joseph Biden differ in ways too numerous to count.  But when it comes to trade policy, the differences are considerably less pronounced.  In fact, in at least some areas, there is likely to be a fair amount of continuity in trade policy under a prospective Biden administration.