Daniel Ikenson Director, Cato Institute’s Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies
Dec 12 , 2017
Late last month, the Trump administration “self-initiated” antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of imports of aluminum sheet from China. Reactions from media, social media, and the Chinese government seem to suggest these measures are especially provocative, pushing Washington and Beijing even closer to the brink of a trade war. But there is a less dire interpretation to consider.