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US-China Cooperation in a Changing Global Economy

Adam S. Posen (PIIE) and Jiming Ha (China Finance 40 Forum), editors

PIIE Briefings 17-1
Photo Credit: PIIE-CF40


The Trump administration’s emphasis on “America First" would significantly affect US-China trade and investment, which in turn would affect both countries’ economic performance and global roles (but might not change balance of payments so important to President Trump). The bilateral exchange rate as a rebalancing mechanism would thus remain a focus of China-US negotiations if not conflict. The US government's proposed tax overhaul, plans for infrastructure investment and financial deregulation, and the corresponding adjustment of the US Federal Reserve’s monetary policy will also have spillover effects on China and the world economy. In this PIIE Briefing, scholars from the China Finance 40 Forum (CF40) and the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) identify ongoing areas of common economic interest for Chinese and American governments, practical ways that the two governments might work together on economic issues, and what is at risk if the Trump administration attacks the rules-based international economic system—which the United States created and which has been essential to both US and Chinese prosperity for decades.


I Overview

1 Creating a Basis for China-US Economic Cooperation under the New US Administration
Adam S. Posen and Jiming Ha

II Impact of Policy Changes

2 Prospects for Changes in US Fiscal Policy and Their Effects on the US Economy
Karen Dynan

3 What Is the Potential Growth Rate of the US Economy, and How Might Policy Affect It?
Jason Furman

4 Impact of Trump Administration's Proposed Policies on the United States and China
Jiming Ha

III Exchange Rates and Finance

5 Exchange Rates and the International Monetary System: Not a Scapegoat
Guan Tao, Lu Zhengwei, and Guo Jiayi

6 A Stability-Oriented Exchange Rate Policy for China
Joseph E. Gagnon

7 G-20 Cooperation and the International Financial Architecture: The United States at a Crossroads
Nathan Sheets

8 Thoughts on Overindebtedness from a European Perspective
Nicolas Veron and Jeromin Zettelmeyer

IV Trade and Investment

9 US-China Trade Disputes and the World Trade Organization
Chad P. Bown

10 The Importance of Doing Our BIT: The Economic Potential of a US-China Bilateral Investment Treaty
Lee Branstetter, Britta Glennon, and J. Bradford Jensen

11 China-US Bilateral Investment
Guo Kai, Wang Bijun, and Yang Yuanchen

12 Foreign Direct Investment in China
Zixuan Huang

13 State Resurgence in China
Nicholas Lardy

14 The Risks and Costs of Trade Wars
Marc Noland

15 Asia-Pacific Regionalism after the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Jeffrey J. Schott and Zhiyao Lu

16 Trade Cooperation and Conflicts between the United States and China: Risks and Realities
Fan Zhai

Data Disclosure:

The data underlying this analysis are available for download here [zip]. For data in chapter 7, see Policy Brief 17-12 [xlsx]. For data in chapter 14, see PIIE Briefing 16-6 [zip].