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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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.

11 Dec 2019 - 9:29AM

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
Hong Kong democracy act and future of ‘one country, two systems’ worry investors as city reels from protests

The ‘one country, two systems’ policy guarantees Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy under the city’s mini-constitution, the Basic Law.

23 Nov 2019 - 2:16PM

The ‘one country, two systems’ policy guarantees Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy under the city’s mini-constitution, the Basic Law.

Hong Kong democracy act and future of ‘one country, two systems’ worry investors as city reels from protests
US, China on ‘doorstep’ of trade war deal, but ‘phase one’ tariff removal holding up talks, sources say

Hopes remain a watered-down deal can be reached before new US tariffs on imports from China go into effect on December 15, although they are likely to be postponed.

21 Nov 2019 - 11:37PM

Hopes remain a watered-down deal can be reached before new US tariffs on imports from China go into effect on December 15, although they are likely to be postponed.

US, China on ‘doorstep’ of trade war deal, but ‘phase one’ tariff removal holding up talks, sources say
Donald Trump’s block on WTO judges creates ‘doomsday scenario’ for world trade disputes

The World Trade Organisation’s appeals body will be paralysed in December with US President Donald Trump blocking crucial reappointments of judges.

28 Nov 2019 - 7:54PM

The World Trade Organisation’s appeals body will be paralysed in December with US President Donald Trump blocking crucial reappointments of judges.

Donald Trump’s block on WTO judges creates ‘doomsday scenario’ for world trade disputes
US Senate rush to pass Hong Kong democracy bill brings growing concerns over city’s future into focus

The legislation has been described as ‘symbolic’ because most of its powers already exist in US law – but analysts warn it highlights the strength of bipartisan feeling towards China in Washington.

21 Nov 2019 - 7:07AM

The legislation has been described as ‘symbolic’ because most of its powers already exist in US law – but analysts warn it highlights the strength of bipartisan feeling towards China in Washington.

US Senate rush to pass Hong Kong democracy bill brings growing concerns over city’s future into focus
China threatens ‘forceful measures’ in response to US bill on Hong Kong rights

The US Senate on November 19, 2019, passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which will now be aligned with a similar measure approved by the lower House of Representatives before it goes to President Donald Trump for his signature. 

21 Nov 2019 - 5:16AM

The US Senate on November 19, 2019, passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which will now be aligned with a similar measure approved by the lower House of Representatives before it goes to President Donald Trump for his signature. 

China threatens ‘forceful measures’ in response to US bill on Hong Kong rights
Donald Trump’s trade war is ‘holding gun to the head’ of US economy, US-China experts say

US-China trade war, Donald Trump’s China policy and Xi Jinping’s sharp turn to authoritarianism all came in for harsh rebuke at Washington talk.

19 Nov 2019 - 7:10PM

US-China trade war, Donald Trump’s China policy and Xi Jinping’s sharp turn to authoritarianism all came in for harsh rebuke at Washington talk.

Donald Trump’s trade war is ‘holding gun to the head’ of US economy, US-China experts say
Hong Kong people could feel ‘most of the pain’ from US human rights act, American experts warn

Hong Kong protesters have demanded that US President Donald Trump pass the human rights bill, but experts warn it will hit ordinary people rather than officials.

21 Nov 2019 - 11:20AM

Hong Kong protesters have demanded that US President Donald Trump pass the human rights bill, but experts warn it will hit ordinary people rather than officials.

Hong Kong people could feel ‘most of the pain’ from US human rights act, American experts warn
Singapore exports contract for eighth month, as US-China ‘trade war heat’ saps city state’s growth

US-China trade war continues to dampen Singapore’s exports, after eighth successive decline. Total trade from the city state continued to slump, amid electronics slowdown.

18 Nov 2019 - 9:47PM

US-China trade war continues to dampen Singapore’s exports, after eighth successive decline. Total trade from the city state continued to slump, amid electronics slowdown.

Singapore exports contract for eighth month, as US-China ‘trade war heat’ saps city state’s growth
Trump’s US$50 billion China farm deal ‘not possible’ after trade war market shift

The US president’s trade war demands may be too much for China to accept, with African swine fever and import diversification weakening demand for American goods.

16 Nov 2019 - 12:00AM

The US president’s trade war demands may be too much for China to accept, with African swine fever and import diversification weakening demand for American goods.

Trump’s US$50 billion China farm deal ‘not possible’ after trade war market shift
China stands firm on demand US lifts tariffs to reach trade war deal

Ministry of Commerce in Beijing insists that removing tariffs is an ‘important condition’ for China reaching a trade war agreement with the United States.

15 Nov 2019 - 8:54AM

Ministry of Commerce in Beijing insists that removing tariffs is an ‘important condition’ for China reaching a trade war agreement with the United States.

China stands firm on demand US lifts tariffs to reach trade war deal
China ‘yet to hit bottom’ as economic downturn plumbed new depths in October

Official data for the month of October has dashed the hope that the worst is behind China’s slowing economy, with analysts suggesting tougher times lie ahead.

14 Nov 2019 - 11:53PM

Official data for the month of October has dashed the hope that the worst is behind China’s slowing economy, with analysts suggesting tougher times lie ahead.

China ‘yet to hit bottom’ as economic downturn plumbed new depths in October
China’s economic slump continues as manufacturing growth slows sharply, investment growth hits 20-year low

China’s economy showed more signs of weakness in October, with growth in manufacturing, retail and investment all slowing, as the US-China trade war drags on.

17 Nov 2019 - 5:00PM

China’s economy showed more signs of weakness in October, with growth in manufacturing, retail and investment all slowing, as the US-China trade war drags on.

China’s economic slump continues as manufacturing growth slows sharply, investment growth hits 20-year low
California, ‘ground zero for US-China relations’, feels the pinch as trade war tariffs hit American port traffic

US-China trade war hits traffic at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, but workers in California are learning to live with the new reality in the Donald Trump era.

12 Nov 2019 - 10:05PM

US-China trade war hits traffic at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, but workers in California are learning to live with the new reality in the Donald Trump era.

California, ‘ground zero for US-China relations’, feels the pinch as trade war tariffs hit American port traffic
Larry Summers: China's economic weakness could drive ‘problematic’ nationalism

Weakness of the Chinese economy could generate “a certain truculence in its international relations”  by driving nationalism in the country and “scapegoating of foreigners”, according to economist Larry Summers. The former World Bank chief economist and senior US Treasury Department official, also said de-escalation of trade tensions between the United States and China is not yet an indication for a substantial deal despite the progress.

9 Nov 2019 - 12:00AM

Weakness of the Chinese economy could generate “a certain truculence in its international relations”  by driving nationalism in the country and “scapegoating of foreigners”, according to economist Larry Summers. The former World Bank chief economist and senior US Treasury Department official, also said de-escalation of trade tensions between the United States and China is not yet an indication for a substantial deal despite the progress.

Larry Summers: China's economic weakness could drive ‘problematic’ nationalism
China’s October exports may offer hint of ‘stabilisation’, but still ‘hard to be optimistic’ amid US trade war

Exports fell by 0.9 per cent in October, better than the 3.2 per cent drop in September, and better than analysts had expected, while China’s imports also continued to struggle.

11 Nov 2019 - 9:51PM

Exports fell by 0.9 per cent in October, better than the 3.2 per cent drop in September, and better than analysts had expected, while China’s imports also continued to struggle.

China’s October exports may offer hint of ‘stabilisation’, but still ‘hard to be optimistic’ amid US trade war
Donald Trump’s ‘phase-one’ deal will not resolve issues behind US-China trade war, Larry Summers says

US-China issues likely to linger, but cutting tensions could reduce uncertainty and act as ‘a spur to growth’, former US Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers said

9 Nov 2019 - 3:18AM

US-China issues likely to linger, but cutting tensions could reduce uncertainty and act as ‘a spur to growth’, former US Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers said

Donald Trump’s ‘phase-one’ deal will not resolve issues behind US-China trade war, Larry Summers says
Economist Larry Summers says phase-one deal unlikely to resolve issues behind US-China trade war

A de-escalation of trade tensions between the United States and China is progress, but not an indication that a substantial deal is coming any time soon, according to economist Larry Summers. 

7 Nov 2019 - 2:41PM

A de-escalation of trade tensions between the United States and China is progress, but not an indication that a substantial deal is coming any time soon, according to economist Larry Summers. 

Economist Larry Summers says phase-one deal unlikely to resolve issues behind US-China trade war
Chinese exporters start to take trade war hit – but US consumers also hurting, UN study shows

After almost a year of Donald Trump’s tariffs, Chinese companies have been forced to lower the price of their exports to the US.

6 Nov 2019 - 5:59PM

After almost a year of Donald Trump’s tariffs, Chinese companies have been forced to lower the price of their exports to the US.

Chinese exporters start to take trade war hit – but US consumers also hurting, UN study shows
China’s social credit system for business creates new and complex headaches for EU trade officials

China’s corporate social credit system is feared by foreign governments and business figures and is a growing topic of conversation in Donald Trump’s White House.

6 Nov 2019 - 5:50AM

China’s corporate social credit system is feared by foreign governments and business figures and is a growing topic of conversation in Donald Trump’s White House.

China’s social credit system for business creates new and complex headaches for EU trade officials
China’s slowing economy offers ‘magic moment’ to accept US trade war demands, says ex-US trade chief

US-China trade war and slowing economy offers Beijing the chance to implement the reforms it needs to ensure growth, says Washington’s former trade chief Carla Hills.

30 Oct 2019 - 10:32PM

US-China trade war and slowing economy offers Beijing the chance to implement the reforms it needs to ensure growth, says Washington’s former trade chief Carla Hills.

China’s slowing economy offers ‘magic moment’ to accept US trade war demands, says ex-US trade chief
US-China trade war update: reality hits Communist Party planning, economic heavyweights candid about tariffs for Christmas, no fun at the Canton Fair

Both sides inch towards a ‘mini deal’ while the bad news data continues to arrive as China begins its anticipated fourth plenum session; field reporter Cissy Zhou reports from Shanghai’s Bund Conference, and what China’s economic heavyweights are saying about Trump’s real agenda and whether the trade war is over by Christmas

7 Nov 2019 - 4:12PM

Both sides inch towards a ‘mini deal’ while the bad news data continues to arrive as China begins its anticipated fourth plenum session; field reporter Cissy Zhou reports from Shanghai’s Bund Conference, and what China’s economic heavyweights are saying about Trump’s real agenda and whether the trade war is over by Christmas

US-China trade war update: reality hits Communist Party planning, economic heavyweights candid about tariffs for Christmas, no fun at the Canton Fair
China to use ‘legitimate’ WTO retaliatory tariffs as ‘bargaining chips’ in US trade war negotiations

China’s World Trade Organisation-backed retaliatory tariffs will be minuscule compared to trade war duties, but could provide China with ‘leverage’ in ongoing talks.

23 Oct 2019 - 9:13AM

China’s World Trade Organisation-backed retaliatory tariffs will be minuscule compared to trade war duties, but could provide China with ‘leverage’ in ongoing talks.

China to use ‘legitimate’ WTO retaliatory tariffs as ‘bargaining chips’ in US trade war negotiations