Finbarr Bermingham

Finbarr Bermingham

Production Editor, Political Economy

Finbarr Bermingham has been reporting on Asian trade since 2014. Prior to this, he covered global trade and economics in London. He joined the Post in 2018, before which he was Asia Editor at Global Trade Review and Trade Correspondent for the International Business Times.

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China’s trade war deal ‘may be doomed from start’ as scepticism mounts over capacity to buy US products

China will buy an additional US$200 billion of US goods over two years under the phase one trade deal, but it is insisting it will only do so according to market conditions.

21 Jan 2020 - 9:19PM

China will buy an additional US$200 billion of US goods over two years under the phase one trade deal, but it is insisting it will only do so according to market conditions.

China’s trade war deal ‘may be doomed from start’ as scepticism mounts over capacity to buy US products
US-China tech war to be ‘defining issue of this century’, despite signing of phase one trade deal

Semiconductor industry set to become ground zero in US-China trade war, which will come to define the superpower rivalry in the decades to come, says new report.

17 Jan 2020 - 11:06PM

Semiconductor industry set to become ground zero in US-China trade war, which will come to define the superpower rivalry in the decades to come, says new report.

US-China tech war to be ‘defining issue of this century’, despite signing of phase one trade deal
U.S.-China tech war overshadows ‘phase one’ trade deal

Despite the signing of a “phase one” deal in the US-China trade war, Washington remains locked in a technology war with Beijing, according to Hinrich Foundation Research Fellow Alex Capri. In an interview with The South China Morning Post’s Finbarr Bermingham, Capri said the tech tension could upend global value chains and hurt the ordinary consumer, and that in the particularly sensitive semiconductor sector, decoupling seems almost inevitable.

17 Jan 2020 - 4:50PM

Despite the signing of a “phase one” deal in the US-China trade war, Washington remains locked in a technology war with Beijing, according to Hinrich Foundation Research Fellow Alex Capri. In an interview with The South China Morning Post’s Finbarr Bermingham, Capri said the tech tension could upend global value chains and hurt the ordinary consumer, and that in the particularly sensitive semiconductor sector, decoupling seems almost inevitable.

U.S.-China tech war overshadows ‘phase one’ trade deal
Trade war: China, US face tough reality ahead after the pomp of phase one deal signing

Much scepticism greeted Donald Trump’s proclamation of the phase one trade war deal as ‘a momentous step’ in US-China relations.

17 Jan 2020 - 11:33PM

Much scepticism greeted Donald Trump’s proclamation of the phase one trade war deal as ‘a momentous step’ in US-China relations.

Trade war: China, US face tough reality ahead after the pomp of phase one deal signing
Unpacking the ‘phase one’ deal for the US-China trade war

The US and China have reached what’s being called a “phase one” agreement in the bitter trade war between the world’s two most powerful economies. Prior to the deal signed in Washington on January 15, 2020, China had already been removed from the US list of “currency manipulators”. The South China Morning Post’s US Bureau Chief Robert Delaney and Finbarr Bermingham from the political economy team discuss what enforceable from phase one, and what we can expect in terms of negotiations for “phase two”.

20 Jan 2020 - 9:18AM

The US and China have reached what’s being called a “phase one” agreement in the bitter trade war between the world’s two most powerful economies. Prior to the deal signed in Washington on January 15, 2020, China had already been removed from the US list of “currency manipulators”. The South China Morning Post’s US Bureau Chief Robert Delaney and Finbarr Bermingham from the political economy team discuss what enforceable from phase one, and what we can expect in terms of negotiations for “phase two”.

 Unpacking the ‘phase one’ deal for the US-China trade war
China hails phase one trade war deal signing, with focus on strategic value over specific details

China awoke to news of a phase one trade war deal on Thursday, but state media carried few of the details, which were subsequently published by the Chinese government.

16 Jan 2020 - 4:02PM

China awoke to news of a phase one trade war deal on Thursday, but state media carried few of the details, which were subsequently published by the Chinese government.

China hails phase one trade war deal signing, with focus on strategic value over specific details
Trade war: China, US may not release full details of phase one deal set for signing this week

Full breakdown of China’s purchases of US goods will not be published in the public text of the phase one trade deal, sources familiar with the agreement have said.

15 Jan 2020 - 9:15AM

Full breakdown of China’s purchases of US goods will not be published in the public text of the phase one trade deal, sources familiar with the agreement have said.

Trade war: China, US may not release full details of phase one deal set for signing this week
Trade war: China to make huge purchases of US goods as details of phase one deal revealed

Donald Trump’s phase one trade war deal is set to be signed on Wednesday, and sources have confirmed the types of goods China has committed to purchase.

14 Jan 2020 - 10:32PM

Donald Trump’s phase one trade war deal is set to be signed on Wednesday, and sources have confirmed the types of goods China has committed to purchase.

Trade war: China to make huge purchases of US goods as details of phase one deal revealed
China’s pork price rockets 97 per cent in December, keeping inflation at eight-year high

Pork prices in China rose by 97.0 per cent in December from a year earlier, keeping consumer inflation at an eight-year high of 4.5 per cent.

9 Jan 2020 - 10:30PM

Pork prices in China rose by 97.0 per cent in December from a year earlier, keeping consumer inflation at an eight-year high of 4.5 per cent.

China’s pork price rockets 97 per cent in December, keeping inflation at eight-year high
China’s manufacturing exodus set to continue in 2020, despite prospect of trade war deal

Despite the prospect of a minor US-China trade truce, foreign firms are increasingly looking to shift manufacturing from China to avoid rising costs and tricky regulations.

9 Jan 2020 - 4:23AM

Despite the prospect of a minor US-China trade truce, foreign firms are increasingly looking to shift manufacturing from China to avoid rising costs and tricky regulations.

China’s manufacturing exodus set to continue in 2020, despite prospect of trade war deal
Trade war: China’s refusal to lift grain quotas make Trump’s phase one import demands ‘more difficult’

China will not raise its import quotas for corn, rice and wheat to help meet Donald Trump’s demands included in the phase one trade war deal.

7 Jan 2020 - 11:24PM

China will not raise its import quotas for corn, rice and wheat to help meet Donald Trump’s demands included in the phase one trade war deal.

Trade war: China’s refusal to lift grain quotas make Trump’s phase one import demands ‘more difficult’
Trade war clues sought in China’s ‘ambiguous’ new export control law

A draft of China’s new export control law has been published, and legal scholars vary on how much it is related to the trade war with the United States.

31 Dec 2019 - 10:12PM

A draft of China’s new export control law has been published, and legal scholars vary on how much it is related to the trade war with the United States.

Trade war clues sought in China’s ‘ambiguous’ new export control law
China’s manufacturing steady in December with exporters lifted by US trade war truce

After a tough 2019, December saw some signs of recovery in China’s manufacturing sector, however services and construction dipped unexpectedly.

31 Dec 2019 - 10:12PM

After a tough 2019, December saw some signs of recovery in China’s manufacturing sector, however services and construction dipped unexpectedly.

China’s manufacturing steady in December with exporters lifted by US trade war truce
China to reduce import tariffs on 850 key commodities, including frozen pork, from January 1

Frozen pork, hi-tech components and medicines among more than 850 goods to have their import tariffs cut by China in the wake of the phase one trade deal with Washington.

23 Dec 2019 - 11:36PM

Frozen pork, hi-tech components and medicines among more than 850 goods to have their import tariffs cut by China in the wake of the phase one trade deal with Washington.

China to reduce import tariffs on 850 key commodities, including frozen pork, from January 1
Trade war fears spook US policymakers into thinking China could weaponise drug exports

China provides many of the drugs used to treat Americans’ ailments, but there is growing fear in Washington that the supply could be weaponised.

20 Dec 2019 - 6:21PM

China provides many of the drugs used to treat Americans’ ailments, but there is growing fear in Washington that the supply could be weaponised.

Trade war fears spook US policymakers into thinking China could weaponise drug exports
Trade war: China’s trading partners wary of phase one deal, while analysts puzzle over US$200 billion import figure

China could meet US trade war demands after signing phase one deal, but at the cost of trading partners from Brazil to New Zealand, with analysts concerned over the long-term impact.

20 Dec 2019 - 10:41AM

China could meet US trade war demands after signing phase one deal, but at the cost of trading partners from Brazil to New Zealand, with analysts concerned over the long-term impact.

Trade war: China’s trading partners wary of phase one deal, while analysts puzzle over US$200 billion import figure
China’s pork crisis: local banks offer meat to new customers with African swine fever set to continue

The outbreak of African swine fever has sent the price of pork skyrocketing, meaning it is being used as an enticing gimmick for local lenders to attract funds.

19 Dec 2019 - 8:08AM

The outbreak of African swine fever has sent the price of pork skyrocketing, meaning it is being used as an enticing gimmick for local lenders to attract funds.

China’s pork crisis: local banks offer meat to new customers with African swine fever set to continue
Trade war: China watchers gear up for ‘noisy ceasefire’ despite completion of phase one deal with US

Phase one trade deal with the US welcomed by international businesses in China, but many refuse to count their chickens before they have hatched.

17 Dec 2019 - 2:54PM

Phase one trade deal with the US welcomed by international businesses in China, but many refuse to count their chickens before they have hatched.

Trade war: China watchers gear up for ‘noisy ceasefire’ despite completion of phase one deal with US
China’s industrial engine rebounded strongly last month, amid surprisingly good economic numbers

Industrial production, which measures China’s industrial output, including manufacturing, mining and utilities, grew by 6.2 per cent in November.

16 Dec 2019 - 10:32PM

Industrial production, which measures China’s industrial output, including manufacturing, mining and utilities, grew by 6.2 per cent in November.

China’s industrial engine rebounded strongly last month, amid surprisingly good economic numbers
Trade war: US, China reach ‘historic and enforceable’ phase one deal

The trade war deal between China and the US covers a wide range of issues, including intellectual property protection, technology transfers and agricultural purchases.

16 Dec 2019 - 11:41AM

The trade war deal between China and the US covers a wide range of issues, including intellectual property protection, technology transfers and agricultural purchases.

Trade war: US, China reach ‘historic and enforceable’ phase one deal
Trade war: US and China said to agree on ‘phase one’ deal, with new US tariffs set aside

US President Donald Trump approves of the settlement, Bloomberg reports, with US tariffs of 15 per cent on US$160 billion of Chinese goods, scheduled for Sunday, being postponed.

13 Dec 2019 - 11:47AM

US President Donald Trump approves of the settlement, Bloomberg reports, with US tariffs of 15 per cent on US$160 billion of Chinese goods, scheduled for Sunday, being postponed.

Trade war: US and China said to agree on ‘phase one’ deal, with new US tariffs set aside
Trade war: China remains tight-lipped on talks as December 15 tariff deadline looms

Beijing has maintained its silence on whether new tariffs will come into force on Sunday, with Washington saying Donald Trump alone will decide on trade war fate.

13 Dec 2019 - 7:49AM

Beijing has maintained its silence on whether new tariffs will come into force on Sunday, with Washington saying Donald Trump alone will decide on trade war fate.

Trade war: China remains tight-lipped on talks as December 15 tariff deadline looms
WTO: China blames US as appeal court comes to a halt, sparking new fears for global trading system

US-China trade war frictions spill into the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO), with Beijing blaming Washington for the demise of the Appellate Body at the trade body.

12 Dec 2019 - 2:37PM

US-China trade war frictions spill into the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO), with Beijing blaming Washington for the demise of the Appellate Body at the trade body.

WTO: China blames US as appeal court comes to a halt, sparking new fears for global trading system
Trade war: China deal unlikely this week with US distracted by USMCA, but new tariffs not expected

US trade representative Robert Lighthizer is distracted by a North American trade deal, but sources on both sides have made a case for postponement of new tariffs.

10 Dec 2019 - 11:25PM

US trade representative Robert Lighthizer is distracted by a North American trade deal, but sources on both sides have made a case for postponement of new tariffs.

Trade war: China deal unlikely this week with US distracted by USMCA, but new tariffs not expected
China’s exports fall again in November as trade war continues to bite

China’s exports dropped 1.1 per cent in November as trade war with the United States continues to bite, but imports grew for first time since April.

9 Dec 2019 - 10:34AM

China’s exports dropped 1.1 per cent in November as trade war with the United States continues to bite, but imports grew for first time since April.

China’s exports fall again in November as trade war continues to bite
‘Trade war fatigue’ weighing on US-China business ties, but few expect December tariff hike to take place

US-China trade war fatigue has led some to tune out the White House’s constant updates, while a former Chinese official expects December tariffs to be cancelled.

6 Dec 2019 - 2:07AM

US-China trade war fatigue has led some to tune out the White House’s constant updates, while a former Chinese official expects December tariffs to be cancelled.

‘Trade war fatigue’ weighing on US-China business ties, but few expect December tariff hike to take place
Donald Trump: ‘no deadline’ for trade war deal with China, may come after US election

US President Donald Trump said it is up to him to decide whether to make a deal with China, adding to a flurry of moves made by the United States in the previous 24 hours.

4 Dec 2019 - 5:46PM

US President Donald Trump said it is up to him to decide whether to make a deal with China, adding to a flurry of moves made by the United States in the previous 24 hours.

Donald Trump: ‘no deadline’ for trade war deal with China, may come after US election
China’s manufacturing sees surprise gain in November but analysts warn economic downturn has yet to bottom out

Purchasing managers’ index shows expansion for the first time in six months, but analysts say trade war and debt will continue to weigh on Chinese economy.

6 Dec 2019 - 4:21PM

Purchasing managers’ index shows expansion for the first time in six months, but analysts say trade war and debt will continue to weigh on Chinese economy.

China’s manufacturing sees surprise gain in November but analysts warn economic downturn has yet to bottom out
Trade war: US soybean farmers anxiously await China deal, but Brazil, Argentina exporters hope for ‘no deal’

US-China trade war deal could see US soybean exports flood the market, with rival exporters in Brazil and Argentina hoping negotiators continue to struggle.

4 Dec 2019 - 5:49PM

US-China trade war deal could see US soybean exports flood the market, with rival exporters in Brazil and Argentina hoping negotiators continue to struggle.

Trade war: US soybean farmers anxiously await China deal, but Brazil, Argentina exporters hope for ‘no deal’
Hong Kong’s status as trade hub based on political stability, EU figures in protest-racked city warn

After swift passage of the Hong Kong democracy act in the US last week, EU trade figures have voiced concern that the city’s political crisis could upend stability.

28 Nov 2019 - 12:07AM

After swift passage of the Hong Kong democracy act in the US last week, EU trade figures have voiced concern that the city’s political crisis could upend stability.

Hong Kong’s status as trade hub based on political stability, EU figures in protest-racked city warn