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Global Trade: A Pandemic Primer

A webinar series by the National Press Foundation

Despite COVID-19, trade marches on. Sponsored by the Hinrich Foundation, the National Press Foundation launched a 10-part series on global trade – where it’s been, where it’s going, what COVID-19 will change, what COVID-19 won’t touch.

Fifth briefing: Raw materials

Raw materials are essential for everything and are increasingly mined or processed in China. But the Trump administration is eager to reduce US dependence. This briefing explored why US gave up production of many vital materials, what could happen if China locks down exports of them, and prospects for diversifying vital supply chains during the pandemic.

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Fourth briefing: US-China trade war

Experts discussed what to watch for next in the trade war, and how journalists can best cover US-China trade tensions and the struggle for geo-economic dominance.

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Third briefing: Techno-nationalism

The US-China tech war is accelerating during COVID-19. Against the backdrop of deteriorating U.S.-China relations, this briefing explained the rise of techno-nationalism and the battle for dominance in industries of the future.

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Second briefing: Medical trade wars

The 2nd briefing discussed the bottlenecks in global supply chains and export restrictions imposed by some nations that are making vital medical products hard to obtain for some hospitals, businesses and individuals. It covered global trade in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and other supplies such as personal protective equipment (PPE).

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First briefing: Where's our food?

The 1st video briefing of this 10-part series covered the issue of food supply chains and security during coronavirus.

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PowerPoint presentation from webinar for download: Supply Chains and Food Security - The International Dimension by Simon J. Evenett, founder of GlobalTradeAlert

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About the series

This 10-part series of briefings on COVID-19’s impact on global trade is tailored for media throughout the world.

Journalists are invited to ask some of the leading experts from industry, government and academia about the at-risk supply chains for pharmaceuticals and medical supplies; the renewed U.S.-China trade war; the essential goods most at risk of disruptions; the waning influence of the World Trade Organization; whether reshoring will become a reality; and more.

The briefings will be conducted on Zoom and registered journalists will be allowed to ask questions by audio or chat.

About the National Press Foundation (NPF)

The primary mission of the NPF is to increase journalists' knowledge of complex issues in order to improve public understanding. Since 1976, the foundation has provided in-person professional development opportunities to thousands of editors, producers and reporters, helping them better understand and explain the impact of public policy on readers and viewers. The NPF also recognizes and encourages excellence in journalism through its awards and programs. The Hinrich Award for Distinguished Reporting on Trade, distributed by the NPF, recognizes exemplary journalism that illuminates and advances the public’s understanding of international business and trade.