Trucks transport containers at the Port of Qingdao in Shandong province, in April. The global uncertainty over international trade, fuelled by White House rhetoric and threats of trade wars and tariff increases, may have suppressed enthusiasm to invest overseas. Photo: EPA-EFETrucks transport containers at the Port of Qingdao in Shandong province, in April. The global uncertainty over international trade, fuelled by White House rhetoric and threats of trade wars and tariff increases, may have suppressed enthusiasm to invest overseas. Photo: EPA-EFE
Trucks transport containers at the Port of Qingdao in Shandong province, in April. The global uncertainty over international trade, fuelled by White House rhetoric and threats of trade wars and tariff increases, may have suppressed enthusiasm to invest overseas. Photo: EPA-EFE
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Outside In by David Dodwell

The FDI earthquake you probably missed, and what it signals for global trade

David Dodwell says some of the reasons for the 23 per cent drop in foreign investment worldwide last year – such as Trump’s tax reform and ‘America first’ protectionism – will persist for some time, and this means their impact should not be ignored

Trucks transport containers at the Port of Qingdao in Shandong province, in April. The global uncertainty over international trade, fuelled by White House rhetoric and threats of trade wars and tariff increases, may have suppressed enthusiasm to invest overseas. Photo: EPA-EFETrucks transport containers at the Port of Qingdao in Shandong province, in April. The global uncertainty over international trade, fuelled by White House rhetoric and threats of trade wars and tariff increases, may have suppressed enthusiasm to invest overseas. Photo: EPA-EFE
Trucks transport containers at the Port of Qingdao in Shandong province, in April. The global uncertainty over international trade, fuelled by White House rhetoric and threats of trade wars and tariff increases, may have suppressed enthusiasm to invest overseas. Photo: EPA-EFE
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