2 Which benefits of free trade does Ian McPherson mention? Tick the ones you hear.
Discuss the questions.
1 To what extent do you have free trade in your country?
2 Should certain industries in your country be protected? If so, which ones?
3 Is free trade always a good thing, in your opinion?
READING : Trade between China and the US
A- Work in pairs. Read the two articles quickly and choose the best title for each one.
Look at the articles again, Decide if the statements are true or false
1 The US should concentrate on being more competitive economically.
2 The US should be protectionist.
3 The US should argue for a stronger Chinese currency in order to reduce the US's trade deficit with China.
4 The US and China should focus on the openness of their trading relationship.
5 The US should recognise how much the Chinese currency has already risen against the doliar.
6 US labour unions say China has manipulated its currency to give Chinese companies an unfair advantage in international trade.
7 The Chinese save less of their income than Americans.
8 Americans have recently bought Chinese-made goods at low prices.
What do you think will happen to the trade situation between China and the US?
Language Review : Conditionals
• We use the first conditional when we think the expected outcome of a situation is very likely.
If you give us a 10% discount, we'll place a firm order of 2,000 units. (This is a promise.)
If you don't deliver on time, we won't order from you again. (This is a threat.)
Will you give us a discount if we double our order?
• We use the second conditional when the outcome is less certain or is imaginary.
We also use it in negotiations to make the offer or proposal less direct.
If you gave us a 5% discount, we would place a much bigger order.
If they didn't have a guaranteed market, their business wouldn't survive.
What discount would you offer us if we decided to go to another supplier?
Choose the correct verbs to complete the sentences.
1 If you ____a discount of 5%, we ____ a firm order.
2 ____ by November if we _____ the transport costs?
3 If you _____ your price by 5%, we ____ at least 4,000 units.
4 _____ it help you if we ____ the goods by air?
5 If you____ your delivery times, we _____ find a new supplier.
6 If we____an association of producers, we ___a better price for our coffee.