Russia was one of Washington’s fastest-growing export markets. As a World Trade Organization member, it would, for example, cut tariffs on commercial airplanes in half and strengthen intellectual-property protections.
The notion of a sharing economy would find much less traction if the U.S. economy was creating enough well-paid, full-time jobs with benefits.
R&D is as much a foundation of modern economies as capital, petroleum and skilled workers.
It’s also worth considering other ways the world envisioned by the framers of the 1999 Ministerial Conference has and hasn’t worked out.
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The energetic Republican base and the most influential Republicans in Congress want action. It just won’t necessarily be what the mainstream consider important.
Imports from China are the backbone of the Puget Sound ports.
What happens in Europe can’t stay there, even in the Asian Century, because of the EU’s huge size and influence on the global economy.
Oil is still costly, a head wind to economic growth.
Railroads didn’t die. In fact, they will be an increasingly important part of the 21st century transportation of freight and people.
If the leap of faith and goodwill that led to this historic agreement between the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma continue, great things can happen.