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 taps old growth model to boost recovery, as US and European economies flounder

China’s economic rebound contrasts with collapses in the US and Europe, but even as Beijing pursues self-sufficiency, their fortunes are intertwined.

31 Jul 2020 - 11:00PM

China’s economic rebound contrasts with collapses in the US and Europe, but even as Beijing pursues self-sufficiency, their fortunes are intertwined.

China taps old growth model to boost recovery, as US and European economies flounder
WTO contender Amina Mohamed backs a new rule book in US-China trade war

To get World Trade Organisation (WTO) off the sidelines in the superpower dispute, ‘You don’t send a doctor to fix a car,’ Kenyan candidate Amina Mohamed says as she hopes to be the next chief of global trade’s governing body.

3 Aug 2020 - 9:26AM

To get World Trade Organisation (WTO) off the sidelines in the superpower dispute, ‘You don’t send a doctor to fix a car,’ Kenyan candidate Amina Mohamed says as she hopes to be the next chief of global trade’s governing body.

WTO contender Amina Mohamed backs a new rule book in US-China trade war
China grows, US slumps; Xi Jinping prepares for decoupling; in depth with WTO contender Amina Mohamed
China’s economy continued strong recovery from coronavirus shock in July, but challenges remain

China’s official manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) was 51.1 for July, while the non-manufacturing PMI was 54.2.

31 Jul 2020 - 10:46PM

China’s official manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) was 51.1 for July, while the non-manufacturing PMI was 54.2.

China’s economy continued strong recovery from coronavirus shock in July, but challenges remain
US mask and ventilator imports plummet despite soaring coronavirus cases, as China’s PPE engine loses steam

Even as the US reported record daily coronavirus cases, demand for medical supplies from China appears to have fallen in July.

31 Jul 2020 - 12:10AM

Even as the US reported record daily coronavirus cases, demand for medical supplies from China appears to have fallen in July.

US mask and ventilator imports plummet despite soaring coronavirus cases, as China’s PPE engine loses steam
China’s industrial giants saw profits tumble in first half of 2020, but recovery continued in June

China’s big firms had a first half of 2020 to forget, but profits have returned in recent months in line with wider economic conditions.

27 Jul 2020 - 10:54PM

China’s big firms had a first half of 2020 to forget, but profits have returned in recent months in line with wider economic conditions.

China’s industrial giants saw profits tumble in first half of 2020, but recovery continued in June
US-China trade: negotiators set to hold talks on progress of phase one deal

Under general terms of agreement reached in January, officials are expected to meet every six months to assess its implementation.

25 Jul 2020 - 12:35PM

Under general terms of agreement reached in January, officials are expected to meet every six months to assess its implementation.

US-China trade: negotiators set to hold talks on progress of phase one deal
National security law: EU proposes cutting off Hong Kong’s access to goods used in surveillance and ‘internal repression’

The European Union is set to retaliate against Hong Kong’s national security law, with targeted export controls and reviews of migration.

25 Jul 2020 - 12:44PM

The European Union is set to retaliate against Hong Kong’s national security law, with targeted export controls and reviews of migration.

National security law: EU proposes cutting off Hong Kong’s access to goods used in surveillance and ‘internal repression’
Why Chengdu and Houston matter; Trump's impact on Hong Kong's economy revealed
China-EU investment treaty talks hit crunch time, as Europeans bemoan seven years of ‘promise fatigue’ from Beijing

EU-China investment talks are entering a critical stage, as expectations of a breakthrough in Brussels fade following seven years of promises from Beijing to open up its economy.

27 Jul 2020 - 6:03PM

EU-China investment talks are entering a critical stage, as expectations of a breakthrough in Brussels fade following seven years of promises from Beijing to open up its economy.

China-EU investment treaty talks hit crunch time, as Europeans bemoan seven years of ‘promise fatigue’ from Beijing
US-China decoupling is already happening, says Donald Trump’s former security chief John Bolton, also calling for open borders for Hongkongers

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton laid into US President Donald Trump for his China policy in an address to Hong Kong journalists.

16 Jul 2020 - 2:37PM

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton laid into US President Donald Trump for his China policy in an address to Hong Kong journalists.

US-China decoupling is already happening, says Donald Trump’s former security chief John Bolton, also calling for open borders for Hongkongers
Hong Kong Autonomy Act: US tariffs, sanctions, export bans ‘all on the table’ after Donald Trump signs law

US President Donald Trump signed the Hong Kong Autonomy Act as well as an executive order on Tuesday as Washington ramped up its response to the national security law.

17 Jul 2020 - 9:34AM

US President Donald Trump signed the Hong Kong Autonomy Act as well as an executive order on Tuesday as Washington ramped up its response to the national security law.

Hong Kong Autonomy Act: US tariffs, sanctions, export bans ‘all on the table’ after Donald Trump signs law
China’s trade economy roared back to growth in June, as coronavirus lockdowns eased abroad

China’s exports and imports both rose in June, in a sign of a recovery in demand at home and abroad.

14 Jul 2020 - 1:00PM

China’s exports and imports both rose in June, in a sign of a recovery in demand at home and abroad.

China’s trade economy roared back to growth in June, as coronavirus lockdowns eased abroad
Coronavirus, US-China trade war see 95 per cent of American firms wanting to ditch Chinese suppliers

US businesses are planning to shift their sourcing away from China, research shows, but experts warn that it is easier said than done.

10 Jul 2020 - 11:29PM

US businesses are planning to shift their sourcing away from China, research shows, but experts warn that it is easier said than done.

Coronavirus, US-China trade war see 95 per cent of American firms wanting to ditch Chinese suppliers
How the Hong Kong Autonomy Act will work; analysing Joe Biden's China policy; two years of trade war
US-China trade war reaches second anniversary, with superpower relations at ‘alarming’ lowest ebb

Two years after the US imposed the first trade war tariffs, its trade deficit with China has narrowed, but the wider relationship is being held together by the sticking plaster of a phase one deal.

9 Jul 2020 - 10:41PM

Two years after the US imposed the first trade war tariffs, its trade deficit with China has narrowed, but the wider relationship is being held together by the sticking plaster of a phase one deal.

US-China trade war reaches second anniversary, with superpower relations at ‘alarming’ lowest ebb
China’s interest in trans-Pacific trade deal met with scepticism by those who helped negotiate it

With the US on the sidelines, some voices have suggested China could join the trans-Pacific trade deal abandoned by Donald Trump, but those remaining in the deal are sceptical.

9 Jul 2020 - 4:25PM

With the US on the sidelines, some voices have suggested China could join the trans-Pacific trade deal abandoned by Donald Trump, but those remaining in the deal are sceptical.

China’s interest in trans-Pacific trade deal met with scepticism by those who helped negotiate it
As Hong Kong autonomy bill moves to Donald Trump’s desk, analysts focus on his previous reluctance to use sanctions

The Hong Kong Autonomy Act is awaiting the US president’s signature, but his past disinclination to sanction China or Russia makes his response hard to predict.

3 Jul 2020 - 11:14PM

The Hong Kong Autonomy Act is awaiting the US president’s signature, but his past disinclination to sanction China or Russia makes his response hard to predict.

As Hong Kong autonomy bill moves to Donald Trump’s desk, analysts focus on his previous reluctance to use sanctions
National security law: US export controls will ‘hammer Hong Kong re-exports’ and tighten the screw on China

US restrictions on Hong Kong will further tighten China’s access to American technology and represent the first move towards stripping the city of its special trading privileges.

1 Jul 2020 - 9:30AM

US restrictions on Hong Kong will further tighten China’s access to American technology and represent the first move towards stripping the city of its special trading privileges.

National security law: US export controls will ‘hammer Hong Kong re-exports’ and tighten the screw on China
China economy steadied further in June, as slow recovery from coronavirus continued

China’s post-coronavirus recovery held steady in June, with the official manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) 50.9 for June.

30 Jun 2020 - 11:07PM

China’s post-coronavirus recovery held steady in June, with the official manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) 50.9 for June.

China economy steadied further in June, as slow recovery from coronavirus continued
China’s Go West plan fails to capture imagination of foreign firms suffering from ‘regional development plan fatigue’

China’s latest blueprint to bolster its western provincial economies has been met with indifference by foreign firms, fatigued by a series of regional development plans.

26 Jun 2020 - 6:19AM

China’s latest blueprint to bolster its western provincial economies has been met with indifference by foreign firms, fatigued by a series of regional development plans.

China’s Go West plan fails to capture imagination of foreign firms suffering from ‘regional development plan fatigue’
How China reads Bolton's book; analysing chaotic US talk of dead deals and decoupling
Donald Trump’s comments on Xinjiang sanctions combed for clues on US response to Hong Kong security law

US President Donald Trump says he did not sanction China over camps in Xinjiang because of the phase one trade deal. What does this mean for Hong Kong?

23 Jun 2020 - 9:42AM

US President Donald Trump says he did not sanction China over camps in Xinjiang because of the phase one trade deal. What does this mean for Hong Kong?

Donald Trump’s comments on Xinjiang sanctions combed for clues on US response to Hong Kong security law
In-depth with Jesus Seade, World Trade Organisation director general nominee
Mexico’s nominee for top WTO job, Jesus Seade, vows to ‘bring US and China back to the table’

Mexican trade veteran Jesus Seade has pitched himself as a unifying choice to succeed Roberto Azevedo as director general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) later this year.

19 Jun 2020 - 9:31AM

Mexican trade veteran Jesus Seade has pitched himself as a unifying choice to succeed Roberto Azevedo as director general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) later this year.

Mexico’s nominee for top WTO job, Jesus Seade, vows to ‘bring US and China back to the table’
WTO nominee vows to bring US and China to negotiating table

Jesus Seade, Mexico's top trade negotiator and a nominee to become the next leader of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), is pitching himself as a unifying candidate who can get global superpowers the US and China back to the bargaining table. Seade spoke with the SCMP's Finbarr Bermingham on June 17, 2020.

18 Jun 2020 - 3:30AM

Jesus Seade, Mexico's top trade negotiator and a nominee to become the next leader of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), is pitching himself as a unifying candidate who can get global superpowers the US and China back to the bargaining table. Seade spoke with the SCMP's Finbarr Bermingham on June 17, 2020.

WTO nominee vows to bring US and China to negotiating table
China-US tensions pose biggest risk to Chinese economy in the second half of 2020, analysts say

Despite the lingering threat of the coronavirus pandemic, analysts say an escalation of tensions with the United States poses the biggest threat to China’s economy in 2020.

17 Jun 2020 - 11:02PM

Despite the lingering threat of the coronavirus pandemic, analysts say an escalation of tensions with the United States poses the biggest threat to China’s economy in 2020.

China-US tensions pose biggest risk to Chinese economy in the second half of 2020, analysts say
Coronavirus: China’s freeze on imported salmon stirs concern about wider impact on European food trade

Seafood traders in China are anxiously awaiting clarification after Beijing halted imports of European salmon amid concerns it was the source of a new outbreak of coronavirus.

17 Jun 2020 - 9:09PM

Seafood traders in China are anxiously awaiting clarification after Beijing halted imports of European salmon amid concerns it was the source of a new outbreak of coronavirus.

Coronavirus: China’s freeze on imported salmon stirs concern about wider impact on European food trade
China’s coronavirus recovery plan falls back on old playbook of debt and construction

China’s industrial production growth was strong in May, but improvements in retail sales and fixed asset investment fell short of breaking into positive territory.

16 Jun 2020 - 4:53PM

China’s industrial production growth was strong in May, but improvements in retail sales and fixed asset investment fell short of breaking into positive territory.

China’s coronavirus recovery plan falls back on old playbook of debt and construction
Coronavirus: China’s industrial engine revved strongly in May, but consumption weak as slow recovery continues

China’s statistics bureau announced positive industrial data for May, but had to cancel a press conference due to a new coronavirus outbreak in Beijing.

15 Jun 2020 - 11:48AM

China’s statistics bureau announced positive industrial data for May, but had to cancel a press conference due to a new coronavirus outbreak in Beijing.

Coronavirus: China’s industrial engine revved strongly in May, but consumption weak as slow recovery continues