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Is the USA the largest trading partner of Vietnam nowadays?

Vietnam exports more (by value) to United States than any other country. It imports more from China and several other countries than it does from the USA. The WorldBank puts United States as the top ...
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Have any financial traders gotten a large shipment of a commodity sent to themselves by mistake?

There are many exchanges and many different kinds of commodities. Most, but not all commodities require that the physical delivery be made to one of the designated warehouses or depositories. For ...
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Did US prohibit the export of the mere description of a cryptographic algorithm?

Part 121 The United States Munitions List Enumeration of Articles Sec. 121.1 General. The United States Munitions List. ... Category XIII--Auxiliary Military Equipment ... (b) ...
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Have any financial traders gotten a large shipment of a commodity sent to themselves by mistake?

Probably not in recent times, and almost certainly not perishable goods (pork bellies etc.) There's a pretty long thread on money SE, from which I'll just extract this bit on CME [Chicago Mercantile ...
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Did US prohibit the export of the mere description of a cryptographic algorithm?

Actually, it looks like books with crypto algorithms were excluded from such exporting licensing requirements; in the Karn case: The ODTC [Office of Defense Trade Controls] determined that the ...
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Does China receive billions of dollars of foreign aid and special WTO status for being a "developing country"?

I want to provide a partial answer, with a "kind of, but not directly" to summarize. This is more to provide the resources and evidence I've found so hopefully this can be answered ...
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Did the USSR government trade 17 submarines and three warships for three million dollars in Pepsi?

The Soviet government really did trade 17 submarines and three warships for a supply of Pepsi. However, I can't find a source regarding how much Pepsi they received in exchange. The reason for this ...
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Does China receive billions of dollars of foreign aid and special WTO status for being a "developing country"?

As I see nothing better has been posted regarding (the fairly ambiguous--to me- claim on) aid, according to the World Bank (which relies on OECD data for this), China has been a net recipient of aid ...
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Is the USA the largest trading partner of Vietnam nowadays?

Assuming Vietnam+ reflects the way official statistics are usually done over there, it says: Data from the General Department of Customs shows in 2022, China is Vietnam's largest trading partner with ...
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Did US prohibit the export of the mere description of a cryptographic algorithm?

Have a look at the case Bernstein v. United States In the early 1990s, Daniel J. Bernstein created the Snuffle encryption system. He wanted to publish it in an international conference. However, ...
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Is 90% of world trade conducted on WTO terms?

Well, the percentage is most likely lower, but it's hard to say (by) how much exactly. For 2016, the global trade figure in goods/merchandise is $15.46 trillion, while the intra-EU trade is €3.1 ...
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Is only 13% of the UK economy and only 8% of its businesses involved with european Union trade?

The proportion of all businesses involved in UK trade with the EU is not particularly meaningful as most UK businesses are extremely small and do not themselves trade internationally, even if they are ...
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Have any financial traders gotten a large shipment of a commodity sent to themselves by mistake?

The more I look into this question, the more reasons I find to think it is unlikely. I cannot find any evidence that any futures contract has ever obligated the buyer to take physical ownership of the ...
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Was Japan required to open its semiconductor patents to the US in a 1989 "deal"?

In 1989 Japan granted Texas Instruments a patent for the first semiconductor integrated circuit according this New York Times article: https://www.nytimes.com/1989/11/24/business/japan-grip-still-...
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Did Senators Sanders and Warren support Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum?

I managed to find one of Sander's position statements on this (but not Warren's so I'll accept an answer on that): Donald Trump’s haphazard and reckless plan to impose tariffs on Canada and the ...
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Did China import 2 billion masks earlier this year to control Covid-19?

The article cites to reference 13, which is a CCP source. The source says (in part): 海关统计显示,前2个月,铁矿砂、原油、煤和天然气等大宗商品进口量分别增加1.5%、5.2%、33.1%和2.8%。同期农产品进口值增长6.8%,其中大豆进口量增加14.2%,猪肉进口量增加1.6倍,...
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Did the USSR government trade 17 submarines and three warships for three million dollars in Pepsi?

Probably Not. (This is a snippet from my longer answer to Was the Pepsico company command the 6th biggest military in the world for a brief time? which was closed. It wasn't.) What's clear is the ...
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Will taxing EU-made cars at 25% invert the US-EU trade deficit?

It is unlikely to have the claimed impact for two reasons that are largely ignored. Tariffs are just a tax that gets added on certain goods that come into the country causing consumers to pay more ...
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US trade deficit and the iPhone

It looks like CNBC the analysis is correct as far as the parts accounting is concerned just from the general definition of "trade in value added" -- TiVA as accounting for precisely this components ...
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Quasi-consensus among economists that neither trade deficits nor surpluses are necessarily 'good' or 'bad' for an economy?

Not exactly the same but IGM, an expert panel for measuring economists' views on various issues, asked its participants to rate "A typical country can increase its citizens’ welfare by enacting ...
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