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 matterWednesday, 5 June, 2013, 1:06pm
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
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
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
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
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'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
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 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
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
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 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 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
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
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