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Trade Rules for the Digital Economy: A White Paper

27 March 2020

Trade Rules for the Digital Economy: A White Paper

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This is a paper I was the lead author on at Huawei Technologies back in 2017. I have to give credit to Hosuk Lee-Makiyama and his team at ECIPE for most of the economic analysis and related graphics in this piece. This paper was for the most part written in 2016, in the final year of the Obama administration, so it preceded the trade war which kicked off in earnest in 2018. Nevertheless, this paper represents a first attempt by a global Chinese technology company to position itself with respect to some very important new trade rules that have now found their way into binding treaty commitments in the electronic commerce chapter of the CPTPP.