We hear it often: we live in an increasingly interconnected world. But what does that really mean in application to our daily professional lives? A quick scan of the day’s top headlines reveals how closely US policies and actions are linked to events unfolding across the globe – and similarly, how developments abroad are being felt in the US.
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- Global trade
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The FT delivers the full picture – see for yourself
On global trade, two major news events serve as key examples of where world developments can have a significant impact on US readers and a wide variety of domestic businesses, from asset management to agriculture: the US-China trade war and the coronavirus pandemic. Here, we’ll highlight selections from recent reporting to showcase how the FT delivers the full picture on complex, international issues.
US-China trade war
Tensions between the US and China over a series of punitive tariffs continues to have a direct impact on global markets – as well as a ripple effect across a wide range of US industries.
With an editorial team following the story from around the globe, the FT presents a truly comprehensive view on the trade dispute. A snapshot of the latest coverage on the issue reveals a balanced mix of quick, concise news reporting and in-depth analysis contemplating the long-term outcomes and consequences for both the US and the world.
As an example, the following story – by the FT's US trade correspondent Aime Williams, delves into the repercussions of the tariffs on America’s trading with China.
Persistence of Donald Trump’s China tariffs frustrates US business
US businesses expecting a fresh approach to international trade policy after four combative years under Donald Trump have a question for the Biden administration: what will become of his tariffs on China?
A lopsided trade balance with China, the biggest source of imports to the US, became a fixture of Donald Trump’s trade policy. He imposed tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese goods including clothes, footwear and food, disappointing business groups that otherwise endorsed his lower taxes and lighter regulation.
Under Joe Biden most of the tariffs remain, however, and some American business groups are getting anxious.
“We’re five months into this new administration and we don’t have a clear sense of what the China trade policy is yet,” said Jon Gold, Vice-President at the National Retail Federation. “This is having a big impact on companies, many of whom are struggling to survive through Covid and have the extra burden of the tariffs.”
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The economic impacts of coronavirus
Since the beginning of 2020, the coronavirus pandemic has completely shifted markets worldwide, affected the state of the global economy, and forced businesses to adapt to an increasingly turbulent situation.
As nations around the world continue to deal with the pandemic in varying ways, questions are being asked as to how the US will balance an eagerness to get their economy back on track alongside the priority of safety.
With a significant news presence across the globe and a respected reporting team of true political, policy and markets experts, the FT is ideally positioned to be an essential resource for US companies looking to navigate the pandemic’s aftermath and the economic recovery.
As with the US-China trade war, browsing the latest FT headlines on the coronavirus pandemic showcases the comprehensiveness of reporting on the issue. Particularly for US readers, the value lies not just in the accuracy of the FT’s reporting, but the assurance that our journalists will communicate essential developments clearly, concisely, and in the best format to be easily consumed.
Here is a recent example of the FT's analysis, with an article by Chicago correspondent Claire Bushey and acting transport correspondent Philip Georgiadis.
US and UK airline bosses call for transatlantic reopening
Executives from the US’s and UK’s biggest airlines have issued a rare joint appeal for Joe Biden and Boris Johnson to use this week’s G7 meeting to reopen transatlantic air travel.
They also said they were prepared to back vaccination and testing requirements instead of quarantine to allow this to happen. Showing proof of vaccination to participate in everyday activities has caused controversy in some parts of the US.
The aviation industry has been unsuccessfully pushing for a transatlantic air corridor for a year, but it argues that the high vaccination rates in both the UK and US mean it is now safe to create one.
The unlikely alliance of executives, who are used to working in a fiercely competitive market, are hoping that restarting transatlantic travel will pave the way for a wider reopening.
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