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Protectionism

Reason comes to China, EU solar sector clash

Employees move solar panels around at a solar power plant in Aksu, China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Photo: Reuters

A softening of Europe's stance in its solar panel dispute with China means the two sides now have a 70-80 per cent chance of negotiating a settlement to the matter

Wednesday, 5 June, 2013, 1:06pm

China, EU both lose big in a trade war, analysts say

The EU earlier this month proposed heavy anti-dumping tariffs of around 47 per cent on imports of Chinese solar panels. Photo: AFP

Analyst say the risks are even greater with a new political leadership in Beijing which may be more sensitive to slights. So far, their response has been firm but guarded.

19 May 2013 - 12:19pm

Infant formula crackdown a pointless overreaction

No need to restrict sales of formula. Photo: Edward Wong

I arrived back in Hong Kong the other day, and was walking through the arrival hall of our busy airport, when an official woman's voice blared out from the loudspeakers of the passenger terminal. She was warning the public that Hong Kong is now enforcing the law to penalise anyone who attempts to leave the city with more than two cans of milk powder.

13 Mar 2013 - 3:00am 2 comments

China, US focus on exports will cause more economic chaos

If the global economy is to have another sustained growth cycle, both the US and China must have a stable and balanced growth dynamic.

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

Asian manufacturing slows, but services have been slow to fill the gap

Programmers at work in a software firm in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Upgrading the service sector could play a critical role in the future growth of Asia. Photo: AFP

The euro-zone crisis has dominated discussions among policymakers over the past few years, but the economic slowdown in Asia's two giants - China and India - has become a source of growing public concern as well. How worried should we be about an additional drag on the global economy?

14 Nov 2012 - 3:16am

Can US come to terms with the trade-offs of free trade?

Illustration: Brian Wang

Walking into a Walmart in suburban America is a bit like walking into the past and future at the same time.

5 Nov 2012 - 12:59pm 1 comment

Australia needs to heed advice on engaging China

Ross Garnaut

Australia's economy has been doing so well out of mining for China it may come as a surprise to hear the good times won't last forever without fuller engagement with Asia. That's the message of a government white paper called "The Asian century".

4 Nov 2012 - 3:36am 1 comment

China warns of 'prejudice' in US telecom report

Charles Ding of Huawei Technologies (left) and Zhu Jinyun of ZTE are sworn in at a legislative panel in Washington DC on September 13. Photo: AP

Beijing on Monday urged Washington to “set aside prejudices” after a US report said Chinese telecom firms Huawei and ZTE were security threats that should be banned from trade in the US.

8 Oct 2012 - 9:06pm

China launches WTO challenge over US anti-subsidy tariffs

China filed a complaint at the World Trade Organisation on Monday to challenge a new US law on “countervailing duties”, or tariffs intended to combat export-promoting subsidies.

17 Sep 2012 - 9:02pm

Businesses urged to watch out for new trade barriers

Business people have to be watchful of the rise of protectionism among low-growth economies as the global economy takes a downturn, the WTO's deputy director general warned yesterday.

4 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Mainland takes title of No 1 exporter

China has had its position as the world's No 1 exporter confirmed after Germany revealed its trade figures for last year.

The European nation said yesterday that exports slumped 18.4 per cent to Euro803.2 billion (US$1.1 trillion) for 2009, which compared with China's US$1.20 trillion.

China's exports dropped 16 per cent last year.

10 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Beijing says US tyre duties may backfire

Beijing called on Washington to refrain from imposing any punitive tariffs against China's tyre exports to the United States, saying such a protectionist move may backfire.

'There is neither factual basis nor legal ground in [launching] the case against China ... it's a protectionist act,' Vice-Minister of Commerce Fu Ziying said yesterday in Beijing.

13 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Beijing says US levy on tyres 'unreasonable'

Beijing has rebuked the United States for planning to impose a hefty levy on Chinese-made passenger vehicle and light truck tyres, which it deems 'unreasonable and groundless'.

4 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

US trade agency seeks hefty duties on Chinese tyres

The United States International Trade Commission has proposed imposing additional import duties of as much as 55 per cent on Chinese-made passenger vehicle and light truck tyres, despite the split views of its board members.

1 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Evian Group calls on G20 leaders to stop rising tide of protectionism

A signature campaign led by the Evian Group, a global alliance of about 7,000 corporates, government and opinion leaders, aims to focus attention on rising trade protectionism before the Group of 20 meeting in London on Thursday.

30 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

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