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  • Oct 25, 2014
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How trade really adds up

Forget calculus, algebra and simple arithmetic.

When it comes to calculating trade, you need a whole new understanding of value to make the mathematics work in a world where a notional US$425 export from China is, in fact, worth only US$21 to the country.

Thursday, 6 March, 2014, 4:35am 1 comment

Amid a sea of troubles, Canton Fair is still the best show in town

The spring session of the twice-yearly Canton Fair opened yesterday with officials talking up efforts to boost slackening exports.

Some overseas buyers attending China's oldest and largest trade expo remained cautious about China's surging labour costs, but were generally optimistic about the country's export prospects.

16 Apr 2013 - 4:53am 1 comment

Vietnam and India lead Hong Kong's export growth

Vietnam and India may replace Japan and Germany in the rankings of Hong Kong's top five trading partners by 2030 if the city's exports to the two countries continue to grow at their current pace.

27 Feb 2013 - 6:07pm

Consumers get poor-quality farm produce, while the best goes overseas

Despite another bumper grain harvest, the ninth year of record output in a row, the quality of produce sold to domestic consumers in China continues to be a problem.

The nearly 590 million tonnes of grain produced this year accounts for roughly a quarter of the world's total, according to estimates by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

9 Dec 2012 - 4:53am

Sino-U.S. trade to keep on soaring

Tensions between the United States and China over trade and investments will rise under the leaderships of Xi Jinping and re-elected President Barack Obama, but Chinese investments in the US will nonetheless soar, say lawyers involved in Sino-US deals.

"Obama will be tough on trade with China because it's good politics," said Edmund Sim, a partner at Appleton Luff, a US law firm.

3 Dec 2012 - 4:27am

US overtakes EU as China's top export market

China said on Tuesday that the United States has overtaken the European Union as its biggest export market, as the continent’s debt crisis has sent demand slumping.

20 Nov 2012 - 3:02pm

China, US focus on exports will cause more economic chaos

The global economy has been in constant crisis for five years. Muddling through with endless stimulus packages hasn't worked. The logical conclusion should be to try something new. Political changes in the US and China, the world's two largest economies, do not suggest that will happen, however. Continuation of the ineffective policies from the past awaits the world for years to come.

15 Nov 2012 - 2:35am

Fewer deals and visitors flag grim year for exports

The biggest trade fair on the mainland ended with disappointing results yesterday.

There was a significant drop in the number of international buyers and deals done, painting a grim picture for exports in the coming year.

5 Nov 2012 - 3:25am

China's 9.9pc export growth eases fears of sharper global downturn

China's exports grew more than expected in September, temporarily easing worries of a sharper downturn in the global economy, though analysts warned the pickup might not be sustainable.

14 Oct 2012 - 9:36am

China exports rise but weakness seen ahead

Chinese exports rose 9.9 per cent in September year-on-year to a record monthly high, the government said on Saturday, but analysts warned the performance was unsustainable given the weak global outlook.

15 Oct 2012 - 2:44pm

Slack demand hits Japan's exports for third month

Japan's exports fell for a third month in the year to August while manufacturing sentiment hit its lowest since February - more evidence that slackening global demand is taking its toll on the export-reliant economy.

21 Sep 2012 - 2:46am

HK exports on course to shrink as confidence falls

The value of Hong Kong's exports this year is expected to fall for the first time in three years as the confidence level of local exporters slips to a new low, according to the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

18 Sep 2012 - 7:32am

US exporting turmoil with its record arms sales

There is no job description for what a superpower nation should do. Given the instability and uncertainty in some parts of the world, though, a good starting point would be to use its moral authority to promote peace. That is one of the key assignments of US foreign service diplomats, who serve at more than 265 embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions.

7 Sep 2012 - 1:54am

Exports and imports show sharp year-on-year declines for October

The city imported and exported far fewer goods last month than a year ago, official data shows, attributing the sharp drops to a high base of comparison - dramatic growth in trade in October last year.

27 Nov 2009 - 12:00am