How Tariffs Made Modern China

Sampans are used to carry smuggled goods to land.Because of President Trump, the United States and China have recently waged a tariff war that has altered the economies and politics of both countries. This push and pull between China and international trade has a long and often hidden history, as tariffs, and the inevitable black market they create, played an essential role in the rise of the Chinese state. This episode features Associate Professor Philip Thai, whose recent book, China’s War on Smuggling, traces the history of the black market in China in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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