Outline, notes, links for ET Online Asia Trade Policy Workshop on Stoa resolution: “Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reform its trade policy with one or more of the following nations: China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan."
Debate clubs can benefit from a special fee of $75 for five or more students which includes a one hour Skype or Google Hangout session with Greg Rehmke for questions and discussion.
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Through this online ET Workshop, students will be encouraged to research key economic principles, relevant history over the last century of U.S. government and business involved in Asia, and also the astonishingly rapid economic development of Japan, Hong Kong (part of China since 1997), Taiwan, South Korea, and China.
Prosperity in each country was led by market reforms that opened their economies to foreign direct investment, along with reduced trade barriers around the world that allowed rapid expansion of manufacturing and exports.
This year’s Stoa debate topic on Asia trade policy reform invites students to research economics and international relations, as well as the U.S./Asian history. United States commercial interests and the U.S. military have been involved in Asia since Commodore Perry opened Japan to international trade in 1853. U.S. businesses, diplomats, and military have also been involved in China since the1800s, and became more involved after the U.S. government took control of the Philippines after the Spanish American War. What should the U.S. role in Asia be through the 21st Century? International trade and investment policies are key to U.S./Asia relations, and the Stoa topic calls for substantially reforming trade policy.
But what are U.S. trade policies with Japan, China, South Korea, and Taiwan? There are standard ways to look at trade policy through the lens of economic principles. State interventions restricting voluntary trade across political borders are advocated by people, firms, and interest groups who expect to benefit from these interventions.
Through this course, Mr. Rehmke, and a range of scholars available through online articles, videos, and books, will weigh in on the Asia trade topic and the economic principles involved.
This online Economic Thinking Workshop is offered to families for $25, and is available at no charge to students who have attended ET workshops. Students will have a learning experience similar to attending an Economic Thinking workshop.