President Joe Biden attends an event on March 9 at the White House in Washington, to support legislation that would strengthen supply chains for computer chips. With Washington passing bills like the Chips Act directed at China, the US commitment to free trade is in question. Photo: AP
President Joe Biden attends an event on March 9 at the White House in Washington, to support legislation that would strengthen supply chains for computer chips. With Washington passing bills like the Chips Act directed at China, the US commitment to free trade is in question. Photo: AP
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Inside Out by David Dodwell

With its chip and battery wars, the US is no defender of free trade

  • Biden has gone further than Trump in building a protectionist fence around key industries including advanced chips
  • US support for free trade is increasingly in question and Washington should pause to consider how protectionism leads to lose-lose situations

President Joe Biden attends an event on March 9 at the White House in Washington, to support legislation that would strengthen supply chains for computer chips. With Washington passing bills like the Chips Act directed at China, the US commitment to free trade is in question. Photo: AP
President Joe Biden attends an event on March 9 at the White House in Washington, to support legislation that would strengthen supply chains for computer chips. With Washington passing bills like the Chips Act directed at China, the US commitment to free trade is in question. Photo: AP
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