Commodities and People, Capital, Information and Technology
Chapter 3: The global mobility of commodities (exports and imports)
This chapter focuses on the global flows of commodities and services via international trade, channeled through exports and imports. The exchange of goods among nations probably constitutes the most ancient form of international mobility, turning in modern times into a rather global one. This chapter elaborates, first, on the drives for international trade as suggested by theories on international trade. It then moves to discussions of the global mobility of commodities, exploring first the phases in the development of contemporary global international trade. The chapter then moves to the highlighting of contemporary trends in global international trade, focusing on the major national and regional exporting and importing partners, with a special attention devoted to the growing power of China, in particular, and that of Asia, in general. These discussions of international trade in commodities are complemented by explorations of international trade in services, as well as by an elaboration of international waste trade.
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