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EU upsets China with new steel price investigation


The European Union has launched a new investigation into whether Chinese manufacturers are selling steel into Europe at unfairly low prices, angering China which says Europe’s steel problems are due to the region’s own economic weakness. The European Commission has determined that a complaint brought by EU steel makers’ association Eurofer regarding certain corrosion resistant … Continue reading

China must get better on human rights before Canada will sign a trade deal


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants to establish closer relations with China but, citing human rights and governance concerns, won’t rush into a free trade agreement with the superpower. Trudeau, in an exclusive interview in Vancouver, struck a cautious tone when asked how he will proceed with one of his most delicate foreign policy challenges. … Continue reading

China pledges $60 billion in funding support to Africa


Chinese President Xi Jinping announced Friday that the country will pledge a new round of funding support to Africa‘s development, worth $60 billion. Analysts had wondered if the pace of Chinese investment in Africa would slow, particularly in infrastructure projects, because of the slowing growth of the Chinese economy. The announcement, however, seems to indicate … Continue reading

China keen to promote its idea for Asia-Pacific trade pact at Apec in Manila


Beijing will report back on a study for Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific just days after the release of details of a US-led agreement China will seek to push its own vision of an Asia-Pacific trade pact at a regional summit next week, senior officials said yesterday, just weeks after the release of a … Continue reading

China says it should join TPP, even though it wasn’t invited


China should join at an appropriate time the U.S.-backed regional trade accord the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as its broad aims are in line with China’s own economic reform agenda, an influential Communist Party newspaper said on Sunday. China is not among the 12 Pacific Rim countries who earlier this month agreed the trade pact, the … Continue reading

China’s ‘Silk Road’ initiative is at risk of failure


The Silk Road Initiative is the major project for Chinese President Xi Jinping. On every state visit and within every diplomatic forum, he has promoted his idea of “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR). Beijing wants to create China-centred infrastructure networks in order to expand its own economic and political influence in Eurasia. But the time … Continue reading

Chinese companies face culture shock in countries that aren’t like China


Faced with slower growth at home and rising labour costs, Chinese entrepreneurs are seeking foreign markets as never before. But as they rush abroad, they are grappling for the first time with unruly trade unions, independent courts and meddlesome journalists. And for many, navigating the unfamiliar waters of multiparty politics and confronting the power of … Continue reading

China concerned that India shows no clear interest in the New Silk Road initiative


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: A report on news.sohu.com expresses China‘s concern that India, the largest country in South Asia, still fails to show any clear interest in China’s Silk Road economic Belt and 21st century maritime Silk Road, despite China’s repeated invitations. The projects, … Continue reading

Why western companies fail in China


Many western companies try to expand their business to China’s nearly 700 million internet users. Some companies succeed and get tremendously rewarded, but many more fail. I previously wrote an article about what, as I see it, Chinese startups should change to perform better in Western markets. In this article, I will show the other … Continue reading

China announces strategically important Kra Isthmus Canal in Thailand


The following is based on a translation from Chinese media: A memorandum of cooperation among various enterprises on the construction of Kra Canal in Thailand has been signed in Guangzhou China. The canal, located at Kra Isthmus, will enable ships to bypass the Malacca Strait so as to shorten their voyage by 1,200 km. It … Continue reading

Construction of Pan-Asian railway in SE Asia restarts due to China’s Silk Road initiative


The following is based on a translation from Chinese media: CCTV says in its report today that there has been renewed effort by the Chinese government to restart the 10-year idle Pan-Asia Railway Network Agreement, thanks to China’s One Belt, One Road initiative. One Belt, One Road is a Chinese framework for organising multinational economic … Continue reading

Pakistan commits 10,000 military to protect Chinese workers, as China seeks to build direct path to Indian Ocean


The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media: Pakistan is regarded as a violent, lawless and run-down place with great risk of infiltration by Islamic extremists. It is in economic difficulties as few are willing to take a risk by investing in it. However, according to quanzhan.com’s report on April … Continue reading

EU cannot maintain protection against Chinese imports, as rules change in China’s favour


European fears of being forced to lower tariff defences against cheap Chinese imports have grown following a confidential warning from the EU’s own lawyers, who say the bloc should not ignore changes to global trade rules set to favour Beijing. In a draft letter seen by Reuters, the head of the European Commission’s Legal Service, … Continue reading

China and Africa forge new trade alliances on ancient routes


Africa Brings New Trade and Challenges to World Economies. China and India’s new-found interest in trade and investment with Africa—home to 300 million of the globe’s poorest people and the world’s most formidable development challenge—presents a significant opportunity for growth and integration of the Sub-Saharan continent into the global economy. These two emerging economic “giants” … Continue reading

China’s emerging cities offer a land of opportunities for foreign investors


While looking at the opportunities in the Chinese markets, many companies and observers are lately focusing on the so called “second-tier cities” that offer huge business chances compared to the traditional urban centres that drove the development in the last decades. 2014 was a great year for the Chinese economy: a slower but solid 7.4% … Continue reading

Britain, Germany, France, Italy and others considering joining China-led investment bank, against US advice


The United States urged countries on Tuesday to think twice about signing up to a new China-led Asian development bank that Washington sees as a rival to the World Bank, after Germany, France and Italy followed Britain in saying they would join. The concerted move by U.S. allies to participate in Beijing’s flagship economic outreach … Continue reading

Southeast Asia attracts more foreign direct investment than China for second year


Southeast Asia’s major economies drew more foreign direct investment combined than China for the second straight year in 2014, as growth in their giant neighbour cooled. But by country, inflows into the region were uneven, swayed by political change and the varying costs of doing business. Overall FDI into Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand … Continue reading

As China slows down, Philippines stands to win foreign investment


The Philippines, a nation long in need of industrialisation, is taking steps this year to pull investment away from Asia’s manufacturing centre: China. And some multinationals are already giving the Southeastern Asian archipelago a chance. Manila‘s ambition to divert foreign investment intended for China has lured electronic hardware manufacturers such as Seiko Epson (SEKEY) and Lexmark International … Continue reading

China’s protectionism intensifies in defiance of WTO rules: world’s leading technology brands dropped from approved state purchase lists


China has dropped some of the world’s leading technology brands from its approved state purchase lists, while approving thousands more locally made products, in what some say is a response to revelations of widespread Western cybersurveillance. Others put the shift down to a protectionist impulse to shield China’s domestic technology industry from competition. Chief casualty … Continue reading

Foreign capital exiting China at an accelerated pace


With the Chinese economy slowing down and its population dividend diminishing, foreign capital has been exiting the market at an accelerated pace, leading to concerns over a possible large-scale capital flight which may impact domestic banking capital and forex reserves, according to Duowei News, a media outlet run by overseas Chinese. A recent case in … Continue reading

China’s wage inflation forcing foreign firms to look at Southeast Asia


The economic turbulence in China has another hidden layer to it – losing jobs to Southeast Asia as multinational companies relocate their manufacturing units to those countries as a way to enhance cost efficiency. “I definitely think Southeast Asia is a threat to China’s job market,” said Christine Wright, Asia managing director of recruitment agency … Continue reading

Trade groups urge U.S. to push against China’s protectionist regulations


United States trade groups gave the Chinese government an earful last week about new policies that could hamper the ability of major technology multinationals to do business in China. Now, the other shoe has dropped. In a letter addressed to key United States officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew … Continue reading

Japan, US, ASEAN direct investment in China drops dramatically, as China considered less attractive


Japan‘s direct investment in China in 2014 dropped 38.8 percent from the previous year to $4.33 billion, the Commerce Ministry said Thursday. The plunge, which compares with a decline of about 4 percent in 2013, reflects soured bilateral relations over territorial and wartime historical issues, as well as rising labour costs in China. In addition, … Continue reading

China is bailing out the world’s teetering oil producers – on terms that could cripple them


Oil-exporting nations are facing budget crises, political instability and social upheaval thanks to the cratering of crude oil prices in recent weeks. Enter China. Despite an economic slowdown of its own—which has been a factor in plunging oil prices—Beijing is stumping up billions of dollars in loans to many of these countries, in exchange for what some analysts … Continue reading

China’s charm offensive: $3 billion attempt to buy good relations with South East Asia


After his successful charm offensive in central and eastern Europe, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang directed the same offensive at South East Asia. According to a Reuters report, the Chinese government’s mouthpiece Xinhua said in its report yesterday that Li has offered more than $3 billion in loans and aid to neighbours Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand … Continue reading

Could a Russia-China alliance save Russia from collapse?


As soon as the US began to adopt its policy of a pivot to Asia to encircle China, China switched to Russia’s side by joining Russian veto over Syria issue. China followed Sun Tze’s teaching in The Art of War, that subduing the enemy by diplomacy is the second best strategy. I regard it as … Continue reading

Why China keeps throwing trillions in investments down the drain


A recent study performed by two economists affiliated with a Chinese state agency found that China’s state investments have becoming alarmingly wasteful and ineffective. There are two indisputable facts about China’s mammoth investments in its infrastructure and factories. One, they are a growth engine, accounting for roughly half of the country’s GDP increase since 2000. … Continue reading

China seeks to expand free trade area to South Asia in quest to dominate all Asia


Geologically, the Himalayas are regarded as the boundary of South Asia. As China lies to the north of the Himalayas, it is certainly not a part of South Asia and it has never claimed that in history. However, a Reuter’s report says that China is very interested in having its status raised from “observer” in … Continue reading

Australia and China sign landmark free trade deal


China and Australia on Monday sealed a landmark free trade agreement more than a decade in the making, significantly expanding ties between the world’s second largest economy and one of Washington‘s closest allies in Asia. The deal, which Australia called the best ever between Beijing and a Western country, will open up Chinese markets to … Continue reading

China makes public its dream for Greater Asia Co-prosperity Sphere


In my post “China’s Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere” on January 28, 2012, I said: “Decades ago, Japan shed lots of blood to fight for the establishment of its Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere but failed disastrously. However, it seems that China will succeed in establishing a greater Asia Co-prosperity Sphere centred on China without firing … Continue reading

Massive spending won’t make China’s Asia dream come true; money can’t buy respect


After two years of waxing poetic at home about a “China Dream,” Xi Jinping wants to enchant the entire Asia region—and is dangling $1.25 trillion to make sure he does. “China’s development will bring huge opportunities and benefits to the Asia-Pacific and the world, President Xi told business leaders in Beijing on Sunday. “We are … Continue reading

How much did Australia sacrifice to China in deal to export one million live cattle per year?


Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott should reveal the negative impacts of free trade with China, Oposition Leader Bill Shorten says, accusing the government of “selective leaks to soften up the electorate” for painful concessions to Beijing. The Australian this morning revealed one million beef cattle valued at more than $1 billion are set to be … Continue reading

Three major nations absent as China launches World Bank rival in Asia


As Japan and the US will not allow China to increase its stake in the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and World Bank, China set has set up a multinational rival bank called the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). 21 countries in the region, all of them except Japan, Australia, Indonesia and South Korea, attended the … Continue reading

China’s says its New Silk Road will be America’s ultimate nightmare


The following is a translation from Chinese media. The website of a Spanish media outlet reported on October 9 that while the US “New Century” is rapidly aging, the Beijing–Moscow-Berlin strategic trade alliance may be a reality in the future. The website said: Beijing and Moscow leaders attach great importance to the alliance, in which … Continue reading

China: the tricky chessboard of the free trade agreements


US and China are facing each other with similar but opposite strategies in the whole Asia-Pacific area: The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), of which China isn’t a part, and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) led by China and the ten nations of ASEAN that will create a regional free market of more than 3 … Continue reading

China seeks to be centre of Asian Union, world’s largest Free Trade Zone


As far back as January 2012, I pointed out “China’s desire to establish an East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere,” which Japan shed a lot of blood to establish decades ago, but failed. ASEAN plus China, Japan and Korea (APT – ASEAN Plus Three) will be its embryo. If Australia and New Zealand, who both already have free trade … Continue reading

China working hard to woo India; Russia sees chance for new cold war with America


Chinese President Xi Jinping is showing China’s goodwill in India, especially China’s desire to resolve its border dispute with India peacefully and maintain peace along the disputed border so the dispute can be solved. Russia wants a Russia-China-India alliance to counter the U.S. It seems that there is no way to form such an alliance … Continue reading

China wants a military base on Maldives in Indian Ocean


When China’s President Xi Jinping visited Indonesia last year, he raised his idea on reviving the maritime silk road running from China through Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean to Europe. His true intention may well be to obtain trade related shipping facilities along China’s trade lifelines linking the Middle East and Europe. The US … Continue reading

China’s protectionism, unpredictable laws, unreliable suppliers and intimidation tactics create uncertainty for foreign companies


It’s hard to keep a straight face as China accuses Microsoft of “monopolistic behavior” and raids its offices in Beijing, Shanghai and elsewhere. What, that cartel known as the Communist Party suddenly has a problem with large organisations that dominate their particular sectors? I have no inside intelligence on whether the tech giant Bill Gates … Continue reading

Multinationals invest less in China because of market access barriers


Multinational firms are planning to invest less in China because of market access barriers and slowing growth in the world’s second-largest economy, a U.S. business lobby said on Tuesday. China’s economy expanded 7.4 percent year-on-year in the January-March quarter, its slowest pace in 18 months. Concerns over market access and slower growth are greater this … Continue reading

Japanese investment in Southeast Asia surged last year to almost three times amount invested in China


Japanese companies‘ investments in Southeast Asia surged last year to almost three times the amount invested in China, after relations between Beijing and Tokyo soured in 2012 and Chinese labor costs rose, a government agency of Japan said on Friday. Japanese companies invested 2.33 trillion yen ($22.8 billion) in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines … Continue reading

Venezuelan state’s economic response to protests: Rationing plus Chinese and Russian loans to float a liberal dollar market


As protests continue against Venezuela’s faltering “oil revolution,” the political strategy of the Chavista administration is striking for its intransigence. President Maduro has refused to recognise any grievances by students or other protesters. He calls protesters “fascists” and blames them for all the ills of the economy.  Protests are attacked by the national guard and often by … Continue reading

China to bypass Malacca Strait by Kra Isthmus Canal in Thailand


The following article was translated from Chinese media: The trade route to the Indian Ocean through the Malacca Strait has the problems of pirates, shipwrecks, haze, sediment and shoals. Its rate of accidents is twice as high as the Suez Canal and four times higher than the Panama Canal. An alternative shorter route is to build … Continue reading

45,000 more rich Chinese waiting to move to Vancouver, Canada


Over 60pc seeking Canadian wealthy investor visa are from China and want to live in British Columbia’s main city, data shows A South China Morning Post investigation into Canada’s immigration programme for millionaire investors has revealed the extraordinary extent to which it has become devoted to a single outcome: Helping rich mainland Chinese settle in … Continue reading

China gets tougher on foreign companies; foreign companies leave


Life is getting tougher for foreign companies. Those that want to stay will have to adjust. According to the late Roberto Goizueta, a former boss of The Coca-Cola Company, April 15th 1981 was “one of the most important days…in the history of the world.” That date marked the opening of the first Coke bottling plant … Continue reading

China condemns US “protectionist methods” over cyber espionage fears


China‘s Commerce Ministry has condemned a $1.1-trillion spending bill passed by the U.S. Congress last week over clauses that limit technological purchases from the Asian giant, saying they clash with the principles of fair trade. The bill, signed by President Barack Obama on Friday, included a cyber-espionage review process for federal purchases of technology from … Continue reading

China surpasses US as world’s largest trading nation


China became the world’s largest trading nation in 2013, overtaking the US in what Beijing described as “a landmark milestone” for the country. China’s annual trade in goods passed the $4tn (£2.4tn) mark for the first time last year according to official data, after exports from the world’s second largest economy rose 7.9% to $2.21tn and … Continue reading

Beijing’s aggression accelerates relocation of foreign industry out of China


China sees itself as assertive, but the rest of the world sees it as aggressive. With the risk of war so high, many multinationals, especially from Japan, are speeding up relocation of industry out of China. The debate continues on the motivations and risks of China’s decision on November 23 to announce an East China … Continue reading

Boeing gets $20.7 billion worth of 737 Max commitments from China


Boeing has secured commitments for around 200 of its 737 Max aircraft, the upgraded variant of its best-selling short-haul planes, from multiple Chinese customers, said two sources familiar with the deals. The deals are worth a combined $20.7 billion at list prices and must be approved by the Chinese government, a usual practice for aircraft orders … Continue reading

Australian government sees Asia as priority over US


Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey has expressed doubts the world has seen the last of the US debt impasse as he urged the United States to get its house in order and signalled a renewed focus on opening more markets in Asia as a response to ongoing instability. In an interview with Fairfax Media, Mr Hockey … Continue reading

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