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DealBook D.C. Summit: Mnuchin Talks Trade and the Economy; Microsoft’s Brad Smith on Tech Policy


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Tensions are rising across the globe.

President Trump’s trade actions have escalated from tariffs on imported washing machines and solar panels to a full-blown trade war with China, the world’s second-largest economy.

In Silicon Valley, antitrust clouds have darkened. Lawmakers and regulators in Washington, Brussels and beyond are investigating whether big tech has quashed competition to expand their dominance.

Those are among the topics that will be explored on Thursday when The New York Times hosts the DealBook D.C. Summit in Washington. Andrew Ross Sorkin, DealBook’s founder, along with several of The Times’s leading journalists, will moderate a series of workshops with business and policy leaders to provide fresh insights on how these tensions — and others — will shape the global economy.

Mr. Sorkin also will sit down with Brad Smith, the president of Microsoft, to discuss encryption, national security and the increasing likelihood of industry regulation. Mr. Smith is the author along with Carol Ann Browne of a new book, “Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age,” which argues for closer cooperation between the tech sector and the government.

Mr. Sorkin will close out the event with an interview of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on the state of trade negotiations with China and the global economy.

You can watch a live-stream of Mr. Sorkin’s interview with Mr. Smith here, starting at 1 p.m. on Sept. 12:

Tune in here at 5 p.m. that day to see Mr. Sorkin talk with Mr. Mnuchin:


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