Trade Balances

Assignment 1: Discussion—Trade Balances

In recent years, the trade between the United States and China has increased significantly.  Also, the United States has incurred significant debt held by China.  What is the most current U.S debt level held by China?  What factors contributed to this increase in debt over the last ten years? Of what significance is this debt level, in terms of the credit worthiness of the United States?  Does this debt level have any effects upon the value of the dollar in the world markets?

Answer these questions in a short essay, 2–3 paragraphs in length, and post the essay in the Discussion Area by the due date assigned. After you have posted your essay, read all of the essays by the other members of the class and comment on at least two other essays. Post your comments on other students’ essays through the end of the module.

Grading CriteriaMaximum PointsQuality of initial posting, including fulfillment of assignment instructions16Quality of responses to classmates12Frequency of responses to classmates4Reference to supporting readings and other materials4Language and grammar4Total:40