Anthony Rowley

Anthony Rowley is a veteran journalist specialising in Asian economic and financial affairs. He was formerly Business Editor and International Finance Editor of the Hong Kong-based Far Eastern Economic Review and worked earlier on The Times newspaper in London
Anthony Rowley
Anthony Rowley is a veteran journalist specialising in Asian economic and financial affairs. He was formerly Business Editor and International Finance Editor of the Hong Kong-based Far Eastern Economic Review and worked earlier on The Times newspaper in London

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Macroscope | Trump and his economic aides are wrong with their ‘managed trade’ because forced diversion of commerce is neither free nor fair

‘Managed trade’ is neither free nor fair, because it causes commerce to be diverted from the channels into which it naturally wants to flow

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‘Managed trade’ is neither free nor fair, because it causes commerce to be diverted from the channels into which it naturally wants to flow

Trump and his economic aides are wrong with their ‘managed trade’ because forced diversion of commerce is neither free nor fair
Macroscope | Cause for jubilation is very much exaggerated as global markets are sleepwalking in unison toward a cliff’s edge. Here’s why

The world’s financial markets are obeying the herd instinct ever more strongly – and could be herding toward a cliff’s edge

14 Apr 2019 - 10:10PM

The world’s financial markets are obeying the herd instinct ever more strongly – and could be herding toward a cliff’s edge

Cause for jubilation is very much exaggerated as global markets are sleepwalking in unison toward a cliff’s edge. Here’s why
Macroscope | Britain’s quest for a role in China’s Belt and Road is a journey to nowhere because of the UK’s disconnection from Europe

Britain’s quest for a role in the Belt and Road Initiative is a case of wishful thinking, because China wants a link to the heartland of industrial Europe, not to an island that’s cutting its umbilical cord with the continent

7 Apr 2019 - 7:41PM

Britain’s quest for a role in the Belt and Road Initiative is a case of wishful thinking, because China wants a link to the heartland of industrial Europe, not to an island that’s cutting its umbilical cord with the continent

Britain’s quest for a role in China’s Belt and Road is a journey to nowhere because of the UK’s disconnection from Europe
Macroscope | China’s Belt and Road may be the closest the world has to a stimulus plan that can kick some vigour back into the global economy

In a world that’s suffering from a malaise of economic ills – from Brexit to the US-China trade war – the Belt and Road may be the closest thing to a stimulus package that can kick some vigour back into the global economy

31 Mar 2019 - 9:40AM

In a world that’s suffering from a malaise of economic ills – from Brexit to the US-China trade war – the Belt and Road may be the closest thing to a stimulus package that can kick some vigour back into the global economy

China’s Belt and Road may be the closest the world has to a stimulus plan that can kick some vigour back into the global economy
Macroscope | The US-China trade war is drawing a new battle line over megaproject funding. At least it will be good for infrastructure

The signs of the new battle front can be seen from Italy’s endorsement of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the naming of a Trump loyalist to head the World Ban

24 Mar 2019 - 4:51PM

The signs of the new battle front can be seen from Italy’s endorsement of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the naming of a Trump loyalist to head the World Ban

The US-China trade war is drawing a new battle line over megaproject funding. At least it will be good for infrastructure
It’s about time someone yells ‘It’s trade, stupid’ to Trump’s trade negotiators and enlighten them on the folly of their errors
Donald Trump should know to give up on his trade or currency wars because they are easy to lose and impossible to win
Macroscope | What the ‘hiccup’ in the Trump-Kim bromance means for the new power dynamic in East Asia

The pathway to a unified ‘Korea’ remains viable, and with it important economic implications that few realise.

3 Mar 2019 - 9:57PM

The pathway to a unified ‘Korea’ remains viable, and with it important economic implications that few realise.

What the ‘hiccup’ in the Trump-Kim bromance means for the new power dynamic in East Asia
Macroscope | Who is really to blame, when China supplants America as the global setter of standards, from 5G to infrastructure investments?

The real reason 5G and the BRI create alarm and dismay with Trump is they point to China assuming the role the US has long been used to, as the setter of global standards

24 Feb 2019 - 7:38PM

The real reason 5G and the BRI create alarm and dismay with Trump is they point to China assuming the role the US has long been used to, as the setter of global standards

Who is really to blame, when China supplants America as the global setter of standards, from 5G to infrastructure investments?
Macroscope | Britain seems to be setting itself up as ‘another Hong Kong’

London and Hong Kong are likely to become financial and logistical windows on the world for China

17 Feb 2019 - 10:57PM

London and Hong Kong are likely to become financial and logistical windows on the world for China

Britain seems to be setting itself up as ‘another Hong Kong’
Macroscope | Could promise of ‘spillover’ revenue make infrastructure investment more attractive for private sector?

According to the Asian Development Bank Institute, returning part of the additional tax revenue from spillovers could raise the return on infrastructure investment by 39-43 per cent in the case of Japan, and significantly elsewhere.

11 Feb 2019 - 9:44AM

According to the Asian Development Bank Institute, returning part of the additional tax revenue from spillovers could raise the return on infrastructure investment by 39-43 per cent in the case of Japan, and significantly elsewhere.

Could promise of ‘spillover’ revenue make infrastructure investment more attractive for private sector?
The world’s mounting debt crisis must solved before it blows up in our face
Macroscope | Expect more hard times ahead, as bear market has just begun to stir

The interconnected nature of the globalised economy means the current economic downturn is being dangerously underestimated

27 Jan 2019 - 9:25PM

The interconnected nature of the globalised economy means the current economic downturn is being dangerously underestimated

Expect more hard times ahead, as bear market has just begun to stir
Macroscope | China’s belt and road initiative may have its flaws, but some critics are taking it too far

Detractors of China’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ have adopted a shrill tone that smacks of vulnerability

20 Jan 2019 - 9:49PM

Detractors of China’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ have adopted a shrill tone that smacks of vulnerability

China’s belt and road initiative may have its flaws, but some critics are taking it too far
Macroscope | Who would want to take the helm of a World Bank that has lost its focus?

Founded in 1944 as the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development to finance post-World War II reconstruction, the institution has lost its identity and sense of purpose, Anthony Rowley writes.

13 Jan 2019 - 7:57PM

Founded in 1944 as the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development to finance post-World War II reconstruction, the institution has lost its identity and sense of purpose, Anthony Rowley writes.

Who would want to take the helm of a World Bank that has lost its focus?
Asian Development Bank chimes in with dire prediction for China’s 2019 economic growth if trade war deteriorates to worst-case scenario

ADB sees China growth of 6.3 per cent this year under existing sanctions, 5.3 per cent if US sanctions all Chinese exports.

13 Jan 2019 - 6:11PM

ADB sees China growth of 6.3 per cent this year under existing sanctions, 5.3 per cent if US sanctions all Chinese exports.

Asian Development Bank chimes in with dire prediction for China’s 2019 economic growth if trade war deteriorates to worst-case scenario
Macroscope | The uniting powers of Northeast Asia may be a counterweight to the might of the United States of America

The crowning achievement for Sino-Japan relations would be a trade agreement between the world’s second and third-biggest economies, plus South Korea

6 Jan 2019 - 9:56PM

The crowning achievement for Sino-Japan relations would be a trade agreement between the world’s second and third-biggest economies, plus South Korea

The uniting powers of Northeast Asia may be a counterweight to the might of the United States of America
Macroscope | Japan and China could forge an alliance that will boost fiscal stimulus to offset recession

Japan and China could demonstrate to the world that fiscal stimulus is the only way out of the monetary mess we are now in

31 Dec 2018 - 12:13AM

Japan and China could demonstrate to the world that fiscal stimulus is the only way out of the monetary mess we are now in

Japan and China could forge an alliance that will boost fiscal stimulus to offset recession
Macroscope | Does Fed chairman Jerome Powell want to be remembered as Scrooge who ruined Christmas? Let’s hope not

It was the night before Christmas, and old Scrooge sat in his counting house in Washington DC. A gloom resembling that of the US Federal Reserve pervaded Scrooge’s office and he himself bore more than a passing resemblance to Fed chairman Jay Powell.

23 Dec 2018 - 10:15PM

It was the night before Christmas, and old Scrooge sat in his counting house in Washington DC. A gloom resembling that of the US Federal Reserve pervaded Scrooge’s office and he himself bore more than a passing resemblance to Fed chairman Jay Powell.

Does Fed chairman Jerome Powell want to be remembered as Scrooge who ruined Christmas? Let’s hope not
Macroscope | There is a ceasefire in the US-China trade war. So who waved the white flag first?

China may scale back the rhetoric of its global ambitions, recognising that discretion can be the better part of valour in a long-term game. Likewise, Trump may be less confrontational, now that the soft underbelly of the US economy has been exposed

16 Dec 2018 - 7:50PM

China may scale back the rhetoric of its global ambitions, recognising that discretion can be the better part of valour in a long-term game. Likewise, Trump may be less confrontational, now that the soft underbelly of the US economy has been exposed

There is a ceasefire in the US-China trade war. So who waved the white flag first?
Macroscope | A spectre of collapse or a vision of hope in the New Year

The G20 heads showed by their antics in Buenos Aires that there is a building crisis of leadership and a lack of international cooperation

9 Dec 2018 - 6:26PM

The G20 heads showed by their antics in Buenos Aires that there is a building crisis of leadership and a lack of international cooperation

A spectre of collapse or a vision of hope in the New Year
Macroscope | Is Donald Trump’s short-term game plan enough to spoil China’s long-term economic, geopolitical strategy?

Trump’s trade war may dent the progress of China, but unlikely to derail the carefully crafted economic and geopolitical strategy

2 Dec 2018 - 12:06PM

Trump’s trade war may dent the progress of China, but unlikely to derail the carefully crafted economic and geopolitical strategy

Is Donald Trump’s short-term game plan enough to spoil China’s long-term economic, geopolitical strategy?
Macroscope | Nissan’s old guard struck back against their ‘gaijin’ saviour, and Japan Inc may be the worse for it

Ghosn’s loyalty to the French company in pushing for a full Renault-Nissan merger appears to have been the cause of his downfall

25 Nov 2018 - 10:56AM

Ghosn’s loyalty to the French company in pushing for a full Renault-Nissan merger appears to have been the cause of his downfall

Nissan’s old guard struck back against their ‘gaijin’ saviour, and Japan Inc may be the worse for it
The writing on the wall shows world’s biggest markets coming together to push back against Trump’s trade war
Is Shinzo Abe offering Japan’s Samurai bonds as a foil against China’s debt diplomacy?
Beware the infrastructure wars of Asia as great powers compete for prominence and contracts
Global markets are plunging from a toxic mix of factors that created the perfect storm for meltdowns
Discretion may be the better part of valour in a trade war with worldwide economic implications
Macroscope | How much of a fall should the world’s financial markets brace themselves for?

If this ‘bloodbath’ stops short at a salutary correction - knocking maybe 10 to 20 per cent off equity valuations - it would be a mercy and a wonder

14 Oct 2018 - 3:09PM

If this ‘bloodbath’ stops short at a salutary correction - knocking maybe 10 to 20 per cent off equity valuations - it would be a mercy and a wonder

How much of a fall should the world’s financial markets brace themselves for?
The new ‘Great Game’ in infrastructure lacks a game plan