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Gilbert B. Kaplan
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Gilbert B. Kaplan was formerly Deputy Assistant and Acting Assistant Secretary of the U. S. Department of Commerce. He is a partner in the international trade firm of King & Spalding in Washington, D. C. He filed the first successful anti-subsidy case by any U. S. industry against China, which led to large anti-subsidy duties on imports of Chinese pipe into the United States in 2008. On behalf of the United States government, he was one of the negotiators of the U. S./Japan Agreement on Trade in Semiconductors and the U. S. Agreement on lumber trade with Canada. He is the President of The Committee to Support U. S. Trade Laws, an organization of companies, trade associations, labor unions, workers, and individuals committed to preserving and enhancing U.S. trade laws. CSUSTL's members span all sectors, including manufacturing, technology, agriculture, mining and energy, and services.

He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and the author of many articles about international trade and problems in the U. S. manufacturing sector, including 5 Myths about the Death of the American Factory, A New Focus for Trade Talks, and The First Affirmative Countervailing Duty Case Against China. He has testified about international trade issues numerous times before the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee.

Entries by Gilbert B. Kaplan

What President Obama Should Say to President Xi on Trade

(8) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 2:26 PM

What are President Obama's goals in the international trade area when President Xi visits the United States next week? I worry that there is not one among them that will change the U.S. trade picture in the next year, five years or 10 years. And unfortunately, when we look at...

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Make Trade Promotion Authority Into Jobs Promotion Authority

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 1:54 PM

When Congress comes back to work early next year, Trade Promotion Authority ("TPA") is likely to be high up on the Congressional agenda, and it is something the President and Congress can work together on. The basic concept of the law is simple. It provides that if the President and...

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The War on Poverty, International Trade and the State of the Union

(13) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 1:49 PM

The big talk in Washington today is the 50th anniversary of the war on poverty -- still being fought with only limited success as 15 percent of the population is stuck in poverty -- and the related issue of income inequality. Both of these subjects will likely be a big...

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Is It Finally Time for Currency Trade Legislation?

(3) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 3:02 PM

The September trade deficit with China, at $30.5 billion, was the highest on record. By that I mean, not only the highest on record with China. It is the highest on record the United States has ever had with any trading partner in one month. That means that...

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An Invoice for Senator Cruz

(54) Comments | Posted October 20, 2013 | 3:34 PM

Standard & Poor's calculated that the ill-advised shut down of the government, full of sound and fury and accomplishing nothing, cost the United States economy $24 billion. That's wages not received, travel not undertaken, and services not provided.

This money rightfully belonged to the American people -- they...

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The Anti-Manufacturing Forces in Washington

(49) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 5:39 PM

Hard as it may be to believe, there are forces in Washington that oppose the revival of the U.S. manufacturing sector. Who are they, and how do we counter their efforts? I think -- roughly -- they fall into five groups.

First, we have the people who are making...

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Time to Reset US Trade Policy for the 21st Century

(11) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 6:38 PM

Why are we having a jobless recovery? One reason is that the manufacturing sector in the United States -- at least as relates to employment -- has been denuded to such an extent that even if consumer spending starts to move up, more manufacturing jobs are not created. The things...

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What the Candidates Should Do About U.S. Manufacturing

(1) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 3:22 PM

Nations around the world are engaged in a battle for manufacturing dominance, and the United States, almost in spite of itself, is still a major player in the race. The U.S. manufacturing sector ranks number two in the world, slightly behind China, in output. But what we have lost in...

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The Largest Trade Deficit in the History of the World

(77) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 5:21 PM

Around the middle of next month, after all the data is in and counted, the United States Census Bureau will announce our 2011 trade deficit with China, and it will be the largest trade deficit any country has ever had with another country in the history of the world....

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President Obama, Enact a Jobs Program Based on Real Trade Reform

(55) Comments | Posted August 31, 2011 | 4:41 PM

Press reports make clear that the president and the White House staff are working non-stop to put together a jobs program to announce on Labor Day. Obviously a good thing to do, given that unemployment appears to be stuck permanently above 9%. At that level, and with other financial indicators...

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Mr. Summers, It's a Decade You Helped Lose

(2) Comments | Posted June 21, 2011 | 10:23 AM

In a recent piece in the Financial Times, Larry Summers, former head of the National Economic Council, bemoaned the "lost decade" the United States is in the middle of. Economic growth is anemic and there is no job growth at all, only job losses.


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Apply the Obama Doctrine to the Trade Problems With China

(8) Comments | Posted March 29, 2011 | 5:46 PM

We have one trade problem in this country that so far surpasses every other one that it is almost not worth talking about any of the others. The problem is Chinese subsidy practices, and our resulting $260 billion sustained trade deficit with China. The problem has recently taken on a...

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State of the Union? Too Many Jobs Moving to China

(33) Comments | Posted January 24, 2011 | 9:05 AM

As President Obama prepares his State of the Union message, focusing on jobs, he should squarely face up to the problem of U. S. companies moving manufacturing jobs to China. All of the friendly handshakes with President Hu have not changed that.

Just a week ago, Evergreen Solar,...

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Put on Your Workboots, America

(37) Comments | Posted November 12, 2010 | 10:10 AM

Wouldn't it be nice if someone would come forward with a real jobs program? Instead the debate in Washington is on things like tax cuts and what to do -- next year -- with health care and the budget deficit. These are important subjects, but none of them will...

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Half Trade Policy

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2010 | 2:46 PM

There was a wonderful book I read as a child called Half Magic. A group of children find a lucky magic token that could work wonders, but with a big caveat. It only gave you half of what you wished for. If you asked to be transported somewhere, you...

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Fighting the Trade War for American Jobs

(21) Comments | Posted August 31, 2010 | 12:05 PM

One of the most amazing things about the trade war we are fighting is that the U. S. government often does not appear to know we are even in a war. But if you go to any manufacturing town in this country, and look at the empty storefronts and...

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Let's Move the iPad Back to America

(20) Comments | Posted May 28, 2010 | 11:09 AM

Corporate citizens like Apple have a greater responsibility than just making money for their shareholders. They have a responsibility to the future of this country. Given the problems that are occurring at the Foxconn plant where they have been subcontracting iPad production, they should fulfill their responsibilities and move the...

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The Manufacturing Sector as Sacrificial Lamb

(28) Comments | Posted May 27, 2010 | 2:25 PM

The outcome of today's Security and Economic Dialogue (S & ED) talks in Beijing is discouraging for those of us who want to see an immediate effect on Main Street. No specific movement has taken place on currency issues. China's President Hu says he will take action on currency, but...

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The Last Factory in America

(22) Comments | Posted April 1, 2010 | 2:25 PM

It is now time for the President and the Congress to turn to international trade. That should be the next big push. The area has been neglected on Capital Hill since 1994. It is hard to imagine why Americans have put up with it for so long. The benefits of...

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If China Throws Out Google, We Should Throw Out their Computers

(30) Comments | Posted March 16, 2010 | 3:44 PM

The concept of reciprocity in trade has a long and storied history, and one that ought to be remembered today. Simply put, if we allow market access for the fruits of the great Chinese industrial machine, creating jobs for 100 million Chinese workers (the number of Chinese employed in manufacturing),...

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