Why US trade partners are likely headed for bigger fights

The resurgence in the Trump White House of Mr Peter Navarro (centre), seen ahead of a presidential debate in New York in 2016, indicates that trade and manufacturing policy is heating up this year.
The resurgence in the Trump White House of Mr Peter Navarro (centre), seen ahead of a presidential debate in New York in 2016, indicates that trade and manufacturing policy is heating up this year.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

In the Trump White House, personnel is policy. Tracking who is up and down can shed light on the White House's priorities, on how policy debates are unfolding and on the President's thinking.

Mr Peter Navarro's resurgence is a sure indicator that trade and manufacturing policy is heating up this year. It's also instructive on how to survive in President Donald Trump's world.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 01, 2018, with the headline 'Why US trade partners are likely headed for bigger fights'. Subscribe