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 Two Sessions preview, Biden's trade policy and the EU's China strategy
China’s rare earth dominance casts shadow over Europe’s ambitious climate targets

China provides 98 per cent of the minerals needed to power a clean economy, top official says.

26 Feb 2021 - 1:56AM

China provides 98 per cent of the minerals needed to power a clean economy, top official says.

China’s rare earth dominance casts shadow over Europe’s ambitious climate targets
EU-China investment deal faces backlash in European Parliament

MEPs accuse Brussels of ignoring concerns over China’s labour conditions, the crackdown in Hong Kong and ‘showing the middle finger’ to the new administration in the US.

25 Feb 2021 - 12:08AM

MEPs accuse Brussels of ignoring concerns over China’s labour conditions, the crackdown in Hong Kong and ‘showing the middle finger’ to the new administration in the US.

EU-China investment deal faces backlash in European Parliament
Top EU diplomats step up criticism of China’s crackdown on Hong Kong

Brussels’ foreign policy leader says the situation in the city ‘keeps deteriorating’ but did not introduce any new sanctions.

23 Feb 2021 - 4:57AM

Brussels’ foreign policy leader says the situation in the city ‘keeps deteriorating’ but did not introduce any new sanctions.

Top EU diplomats step up criticism of China’s crackdown on Hong Kong
WTO grants Hong Kong request to escalate dispute with US over ‘Made in China’ labelling

The WTO has granted Hong Kong’s second request to form a dispute panel against a Trump-era order that forces the city’s locally made goods to be labelled ‘Made in China’.

22 Feb 2021 - 9:17PM

The WTO has granted Hong Kong’s second request to form a dispute panel against a Trump-era order that forces the city’s locally made goods to be labelled ‘Made in China’.

WTO grants Hong Kong request to escalate dispute with US over ‘Made in China’ labelling
Soaring EU-Xinjiang trade in textile machinery, tomatoes piles pressure on Brussels to act on alleged forced labour

Booming commercial ties between the European Union and China’s Xinjiang region have left Brussels facing quandary: how to be tough on alleged rights abuses while balancing precious economic interests.

22 Feb 2021 - 4:40PM

Booming commercial ties between the European Union and China’s Xinjiang region have left Brussels facing quandary: how to be tough on alleged rights abuses while balancing precious economic interests.

Soaring EU-Xinjiang trade in textile machinery, tomatoes piles pressure on Brussels to act on alleged forced labour
In conversation: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, new director-general for the WTO
China eyes ‘17+1’ summit as gateway to European vaccine market, but can it inject interest?

Meeting could allow vaccine diplomacy and Beijing to reassert influence as US returns to multilateral stage under Joe Biden, but the bloc has lost some appeal.

9 Feb 2021 - 6:25AM

Meeting could allow vaccine diplomacy and Beijing to reassert influence as US returns to multilateral stage under Joe Biden, but the bloc has lost some appeal.

China eyes ‘17+1’ summit as gateway to European vaccine market, but can it inject interest?
Analysing China's new Covid-19 outbreak; the Myanmar coup and China, ASEAN and US reactions
WTO: South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee withdraws from director general race, clearing path for Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

South Korean candidate Yoo Myung-hee withdrew her bid to lead the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Friday, clearing the way for Nigerian candidate Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

5 Feb 2021 - 6:53PM

South Korean candidate Yoo Myung-hee withdrew her bid to lead the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Friday, clearing the way for Nigerian candidate Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

WTO: South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee withdraws from director general race, clearing path for Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Britain revokes CGTN’s broadcasting licence over ‘political’ ownership

British regulator Ofcom says ‘licence holders cannot be controlled by political bodies’.

4 Feb 2021 - 9:25PM

British regulator Ofcom says ‘licence holders cannot be controlled by political bodies’.

Britain revokes CGTN’s broadcasting licence over ‘political’ ownership
Britain’s ‘genocide’ clause clears legislative hurdle, may affect future China trade deals

The British parliament continues to move towards reforming trade law that would restrict dealings with countries considered to have committed genocide.

3 Feb 2021 - 11:06PM

The British parliament continues to move towards reforming trade law that would restrict dealings with countries considered to have committed genocide.

Britain’s ‘genocide’ clause clears legislative hurdle, may affect future China trade deals
Xi Jinping at Davos and global reaction; analysing the China-EU investment deal
EU-China investment treaty: top European negotiator Maria Martin-Prat defends forced-labour provisions amid criticism

The European Union says it will not give up ‘protections’ pertaining to 5G, forced labour, and foreign investment as part of its new investment deal with China.

28 Jan 2021 - 9:07AM

The European Union says it will not give up ‘protections’ pertaining to 5G, forced labour, and foreign investment as part of its new investment deal with China.

EU-China investment treaty: top European negotiator Maria Martin-Prat defends forced-labour provisions amid criticism
US rejects Hong Kong request for WTO panel over ‘Made in China’ labelling row

Hong Kong vowed to sue the US after former president Donald Trump changed export status in response to Beijing’s imposition of national security law.

27 Jan 2021 - 9:39AM

Hong Kong vowed to sue the US after former president Donald Trump changed export status in response to Beijing’s imposition of national security law.

US rejects Hong Kong request for WTO panel over ‘Made in China’ labelling row
Covid-19 one year on: return to Wuhan, WHO inquiry begins, how it changed China
China's economy grows, but at what cost? Biden's new appointees talk tough on Beijing
China’s trade with US failed to meet phase-one deal targets last year, and 2021 is not expected to yield more success

Even bumper sales of soybeans, pork and beef, plus market access for a range of other products, could not get China close to purchase targets laid out in phase-one agreement.

25 Jan 2021 - 8:37AM

Even bumper sales of soybeans, pork and beef, plus market access for a range of other products, could not get China close to purchase targets laid out in phase-one agreement.

China’s trade with US failed to meet phase-one deal targets last year, and 2021 is not expected to yield more success
Bribes, fake factories and forged documents: the buccaneering consultants pervading China’s factory audits

Red packets, Rolexes and razor-thin margins: for some Chinese factories, passing a one-off audit can be the difference between life and death.

22 Jan 2021 - 10:35AM

Red packets, Rolexes and razor-thin margins: for some Chinese factories, passing a one-off audit can be the difference between life and death.

Bribes, fake factories and forged documents: the buccaneering consultants pervading China’s factory audits
China’s Xinjiang more than doubled its US exports in 2020, despite Trump’s sanctions and bans

Xinjiang’s exports to the US rose by 116 per cent in 2020, led by strong sales of wind turbines, some chemicals and Christmas decorations.

24 Feb 2021 - 4:43PM

Xinjiang’s exports to the US rose by 116 per cent in 2020, led by strong sales of wind turbines, some chemicals and Christmas decorations.

China’s Xinjiang  more than doubled its US exports in 2020, despite Trump’s sanctions and bans
China takes victory lap over economic recovery to pre-coronavirus pandemic growth rates

The Chinese economy officially grew by 2.3 per cent in 2020, but some analysts point to unsustainable nature of China’s dramatic rebound.

19 Jan 2021 - 8:30AM

The Chinese economy officially grew by 2.3 per cent in 2020, but some analysts point to unsustainable nature of China’s dramatic rebound.

China takes victory lap over economic recovery to pre-coronavirus pandemic growth rates
China GDP: economy ends coronavirus-ravaged year with strong growth surge

China’s coronavirus-hit economy expanded by 2.3 per cent in 2020, but its recovery from the coronavirus was highlighted by a growth rate of 6.5 per cent in the fourth quarter.

20 Jan 2021 - 6:09PM

China’s coronavirus-hit economy expanded by 2.3 per cent in 2020, but its recovery from the coronavirus was highlighted by a growth rate of 6.5 per cent in the fourth quarter.

China GDP: economy ends coronavirus-ravaged year with strong growth surge
China tried to punish European states for Huawei bans by adding eleventh-hour rule to EU investment deal

A late addition to the EU-China investment deal would have allowed Beijing to retaliate for restrictions on Huawei and ZTE, but appears to have been struck out.

11 Jan 2021 - 6:10PM

A late addition to the EU-China investment deal would have allowed Beijing to retaliate for restrictions on Huawei and ZTE, but appears to have been struck out.

China tried to punish European states for Huawei bans by adding eleventh-hour rule to EU investment deal
China gloats as Trump sows Capitol chaos; Beijing telco giants kicked off NYSE
China factories cooled in December, as other Asian manufacturing powerhouses surged

China’s Caixin/Markit manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) fell in December, while sentiment in Japan, Taiwan and South Korea improved, suggesting Asia-Pacific may remain an engine for global growth in 2021.

4 Jan 2021 - 11:02PM

China’s Caixin/Markit manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) fell in December, while sentiment in Japan, Taiwan and South Korea improved, suggesting Asia-Pacific may remain an engine for global growth in 2021.

China factories cooled in December, as other Asian manufacturing powerhouses surged
China-EU investment deal: ‘landmark’ treaty greeted with a shrug by underwhelmed analysts

China has retained control in key sectors such as automotive and aviation, prompting some pundits to suggest that Europe’s struggling economy amid the coronavirus pandemic weakened its negotiating position.

5 Jan 2021 - 3:29PM

China has retained control in key sectors such as automotive and aviation, prompting some pundits to suggest that Europe’s struggling economy amid the coronavirus pandemic weakened its negotiating position.

China-EU investment deal: ‘landmark’ treaty greeted with a shrug by underwhelmed analysts
China-EU investment deal: draft text shows Beijing to broadly open market to European firms, but some sectors remain off limits

China will retain tight control over key sectors of its economy under a new investment deal with the EU, despite broadly opening its market to European firms, a leaked draft text shows.

30 Dec 2020 - 11:33PM

China will retain tight control over key sectors of its economy under a new investment deal with the EU, despite broadly opening its market to European firms, a leaked draft text shows.

China-EU investment deal: draft text shows Beijing to broadly open market to European firms, but some sectors remain off limits
Facing US tariff threat, Vietnam’s furniture makers fight back against claims of illegal trading practices

Vietnam has reaped the benefit of the US-China trade war, but two separate US probes into timber trade and currency have sent ripples of anxiety through the furniture industry.

29 Dec 2020 - 6:41PM

Vietnam has reaped the benefit of the US-China trade war, but two separate US probes into timber trade and currency have sent ripples of anxiety through the furniture industry.

Facing US tariff threat, Vietnam’s furniture makers fight back against claims of illegal trading practices
China’s Asean influence sets stage for new superpower battleground with US, as the ball shifts to Biden’s court

In America’s absence, China has been strengthening its economic hand in Southeast Asia, and this looks to make the region increasingly important amid broader trade disputes.

13 Dec 2020 - 8:56PM

In America’s absence, China has been strengthening its economic hand in Southeast Asia, and this looks to make the region increasingly important amid broader trade disputes.

China’s Asean influence sets stage for new superpower battleground with US, as the ball shifts to Biden’s court
Katherine Tai: Joe Biden’s US trade chief pick ‘unmatched’ on China issues, would not be soft on Beijing

Katherine Tai is a Mandarin speaker who led US trade enforcement on China during time with Office of the United States Trade Representative.

11 Dec 2020 - 4:46PM

Katherine Tai is a Mandarin speaker who led US trade enforcement on China during time with Office of the United States Trade Representative.

Katherine Tai: Joe Biden’s US trade chief pick ‘unmatched’ on China issues, would not be soft on Beijing