Finbarr Bermingham

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.
Finbarr Bermingham
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.

Latest from Finbarr Bermingham

China yet to meet Donald Trump’s demand to purchase more farm goods as US-China trade crumbles

American figures show that since a ‘goodwill’ purchase of soybeans before the G20 summit, China’s purchases of US farm goods have declined.

13 Jul 2019 - 4:31AM

American figures show that since a ‘goodwill’ purchase of soybeans before the G20 summit, China’s purchases of US farm goods have declined.

China yet to meet Donald Trump’s demand to purchase more farm goods as US-China trade crumbles
After one year of US-China trade war, what now and what next for tariffs, Asia and the 2020 presidential election

A special epilogue podcast episode reveals how world trade changed in a year of tariffs and trade war between the US and China, and asks: will things ever be the same again? Vietnam has been revealed as a key beneficiary of the trade war, but how are other nations changing, and what will be the impact on the 2020 US election?

12 Jul 2019 - 9:26AM

A special epilogue podcast episode reveals how world trade changed in a year of tariffs and trade war between the US and China, and asks: will things ever be the same again? Vietnam has been revealed as a key beneficiary of the trade war, but how are other nations changing, and what will be the impact on the 2020 US election?

After one year of US-China trade war, what now and what next for tariffs, Asia and the 2020 presidential election
China economy feels the strain as consumer prices soar and producer prices plummet to the brink of deflation

The consumer price index (CPI) stayed at 2.7 per cent in June, the same as in May, while the producer price index (PPI) fell to the brink of deflation at 0.0 per cent.

10 Jul 2019 - 9:38PM

The consumer price index (CPI) stayed at 2.7 per cent in June, the same as in May, while the producer price index (PPI) fell to the brink of deflation at 0.0 per cent.

China economy feels the strain as consumer prices soar and producer prices plummet to the brink of deflation
No trade war winners with US and China set to see freight slump, DHL data shows

Logistics company DHL examined freight volumes for early-cycle commodities such as car bumpers, touch screens for mobile devices and brand labels for clothes.

11 Jul 2019 - 4:01PM

Logistics company DHL examined freight volumes for early-cycle commodities such as car bumpers, touch screens for mobile devices and brand labels for clothes.

No trade war winners with US and China set to see freight slump, DHL data shows
One year in, US-China trade war is the ‘first sentence of the first chapter’ of a new superpower rivalry

A year after the tit-for-tat tariff war that upended the global trading system began, few experts believe China’s relationship with the United States will improve any time soon.

6 Jul 2019 - 6:12PM

A year after the tit-for-tat tariff war that upended the global trading system began, few experts believe China’s relationship with the United States will improve any time soon.

One year in, US-China trade war is the ‘first sentence of the first chapter’ of a new superpower rivalry
US-China feud is accelerating the biggest shift in trade since the cold war, away from globalisation

As firms rush to avoid Donald Trump’s tariffs and other geopolitical volatility, the trend of deglobalisation is accelerating, leading to a complete shift in global trade.

6 Jul 2019 - 11:08PM

As firms rush to avoid Donald Trump’s tariffs and other geopolitical volatility, the trend of deglobalisation is accelerating, leading to a complete shift in global trade.

US-China feud is accelerating the biggest shift in trade since the cold war, away from globalisation
Samsung and other South Korean companies’ exodus from China sets an example to Western firms fleeing trade war tariffs

Samsung, Lotte, Kia and Hyundai are gradually winding down their China business due to political risks, tariffs and losing market share.

4 Jul 2019 - 10:30AM

Samsung, Lotte, Kia and Hyundai are gradually winding down their China business due to political risks, tariffs and losing market share.

Samsung and other South Korean companies’ exodus from China sets an example to Western firms fleeing trade war tariffs
US-China Trade War: One Year On

While meeting at the G20 in Osaka, Japan, presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to resume negotiations to end the US-China trade war and that the US would not add new tariffs on Chinese imports.  The South China Morning Post political economy team members Cissy Zhou and Finbarr Bermingham discuss the implications of these developments, and who the winners and losers of the year-long trade war have been so far.

3 Jul 2019 - 7:31PM

While meeting at the G20 in Osaka, Japan, presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to resume negotiations to end the US-China trade war and that the US would not add new tariffs on Chinese imports.  The South China Morning Post political economy team members Cissy Zhou and Finbarr Bermingham discuss the implications of these developments, and who the winners and losers of the year-long trade war have been so far.

US-China Trade War: One Year On
China’s manufacturing activity remains sluggish in June as higher US tariffs kick in

Purchasing managers’ index unchanged from May at 49.5, suggesting further contraction in the sector.

1 Jul 2019 - 9:46AM

Purchasing managers’ index unchanged from May at 49.5, suggesting further contraction in the sector.

China’s manufacturing activity remains sluggish in June as higher US tariffs kick in
Behind the Tariffs: What a salad spinner reveals about tariff exemptions and China’s supply chains

How a kitchen tool can teach you about tariff exemptions, innovation, patents and explain how China’s supply chains are unique in the world

28 Jun 2019 - 4:22PM

How a kitchen tool can teach you about tariff exemptions, innovation, patents and explain how China’s supply chains are unique in the world

Behind the Tariffs: What a salad spinner reveals about tariff exemptions and China’s supply chains
Behind the Tariffs: Handbags, game controllers and the battle over intellectual property

Why would an American entrepreneur choose to manufacture handbags in China? Why are shipments of gaming hardware from Hong Kong to New York being locked up?

26 Jun 2019 - 11:21AM

Why would an American entrepreneur choose to manufacture handbags in China? Why are shipments of gaming hardware from Hong Kong to New York being locked up?

Behind the Tariffs: Handbags, game controllers and the battle over intellectual property
Behind the Tariffs: Trucks, trade services and Hong Kong’s trade war conundrum

How Hong Kong’s logistics and service economy is being battered by the effects of the US-China trade war

26 Jun 2019 - 5:19PM

How Hong Kong’s logistics and service economy is being battered by the effects of the US-China trade war

Behind the Tariffs: Trucks, trade services and Hong Kong’s trade war conundrum
Behind the Tariffs: Solar cells and the exodus of Chinese companies from China

The march of manufacturing out of China continues, and it’s causing a labour shortage and an overheated real estate market in neighbouring Vietnam

26 Jun 2019 - 11:19AM

The march of manufacturing out of China continues, and it’s causing a labour shortage and an overheated real estate market in neighbouring Vietnam

Behind the Tariffs: Solar cells and the exodus of Chinese companies from China
Behind the Tariffs: How bicycles link China and the US

How tariffs are unravelling supply chains that stretch from Shanghai to North Carolina, forcing American and Chinese manufacturers to change, cancel or make new plans

26 Jun 2019 - 11:16AM

How tariffs are unravelling supply chains that stretch from Shanghai to North Carolina, forcing American and Chinese manufacturers to change, cancel or make new plans

Behind the Tariffs: How bicycles link China and the US
Behind the Tariffs: Washing machines and the roots of the trade war

Investigating the roots of the US-China trade war, and how washing machines – plus a policy aimed at returning manufacturing jobs to the US – impacts consumers and the people selling them new appliances

26 Jun 2019 - 11:24AM

Investigating the roots of the US-China trade war, and how washing machines – plus a policy aimed at returning manufacturing jobs to the US – impacts consumers and the people selling them new appliances

Behind the Tariffs: Washing machines and the roots of the trade war
US-China trade war caused ‘dramatic spike’ in trade barriers, WTO warns ahead of G20 summit

October 2018 to May 2019 saw second largest spike in trade barriers on record, with 20 new restrictions between the G20 covering trade worth US$335.9 billion.

26 Jun 2019 - 1:58PM

October 2018 to May 2019 saw second largest spike in trade barriers on record, with 20 new restrictions between the G20 covering trade worth US$335.9 billion.

US-China trade war caused ‘dramatic spike’ in trade barriers, WTO warns ahead of G20 summit
How the US-China trade war is redrawing the rules and structures of global logistics

Import traffic at America’s busiest port, the Port of Long Beach in California, drop in May despite an increase in US tariffs on Chinese goods.

21 Jun 2019 - 11:21PM

Import traffic at America’s busiest port, the Port of Long Beach in California, drop in May despite an increase in US tariffs on Chinese goods.

How the US-China trade war is redrawing the rules and structures of global logistics
As trade war continues, are the US and Chinese economies heading for a messy divorce?

Separation is under way in manufacturing, technology and investment, and while it predates the trade war, the Trump tariffs have acted as turbo-boosters.

25 Jun 2019 - 1:32PM

Separation is under way in manufacturing, technology and investment, and while it predates the trade war, the Trump tariffs have acted as turbo-boosters.

As trade war continues, are the US and Chinese economies heading for a messy divorce?
Singapore exports suffer biggest fall in three years as exposure to Chinese economy, US trade war bites

New data showed that its non-oil exports fell by 15.9 per cent with exports to China and Hong Kong down 23.3 per cent and 24.8 per cent respectively.

17 Jun 2019 - 2:20PM

New data showed that its non-oil exports fell by 15.9 per cent with exports to China and Hong Kong down 23.3 per cent and 24.8 per cent respectively.

Singapore exports suffer biggest fall in three years as exposure to Chinese economy, US trade war bites
China economy slump goes on in May, with industrial growth lowest in 17 years amid US trade war escalation

Industrial production grew by 5.0 per cent in May from a year earlier, down from 5.4 per cent last month and the lowest reading since 2002.

14 Jun 2019 - 11:32PM

Industrial production grew by 5.0 per cent in May from a year earlier, down from 5.4 per cent last month and the lowest reading since 2002.

China economy slump goes on in May, with industrial growth lowest in 17 years amid US trade war escalation
Explainer: China’s manufacturing outlook weakens showing economic slump is yet to hit bottom

May’s manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) dropped to 49.4, the first time it has dipped into negative territory since February.

31 May 2019 - 11:29PM

May’s manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) dropped to 49.4, the first time it has dipped into negative territory since February.

Explainer: China’s manufacturing outlook weakens showing economic slump is yet to hit bottom
China’s manufacturing index drops into negative territory in May as economic pressures mount

The manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI), a gauge of sentiment among factory operators, fell to 49.4 in May.

31 May 2019 - 10:27AM

The manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI), a gauge of sentiment among factory operators, fell to 49.4 in May.

China’s manufacturing index drops into negative territory in May as economic pressures mount
Consumers are ‘unequivocally the losers’ in US-China trade war, says IMF

Research from the International Monetary Fund finds that US importers ‘almost entirely’ bear the cost of tariffs, which are then passed on to the consumer.

24 May 2019 - 8:52AM

Research from the International Monetary Fund finds that US importers ‘almost entirely’ bear the cost of tariffs, which are then passed on to the consumer.

Consumers are ‘unequivocally the losers’ in US-China trade war, says IMF
US-China trade war tariffs wreak havoc on Christmas orders with Chinese manufacturers thrown into disarray

Chinese manufacturers would normally be expecting Christmas orders from US clients about now, but trade war uncertainty is forcing them to change plans.

24 May 2019 - 9:31AM

Chinese manufacturers would normally be expecting Christmas orders from US clients about now, but trade war uncertainty is forcing them to change plans.

US-China trade war tariffs wreak havoc on Christmas orders with Chinese manufacturers thrown into disarray
China economic growth slows sharply in April, even before higher US trade tariffs take effect

Industrial production growth – the output of the industrial sectors in China’s economy, including manufacturing – fell to 5.4 per cent in April from 8.5 per cent in March.

15 May 2019 - 11:28PM

Industrial production growth – the output of the industrial sectors in China’s economy, including manufacturing – fell to 5.4 per cent in April from 8.5 per cent in March.

China economic growth slows sharply in April, even before higher US trade tariffs take effect
China throws trade war tariff exclusion lifelines that it thought it would never need

Beijing has been working on the exemptions for six months, but roll-out signals trade war has gone further than it expected.

14 May 2019 - 11:31PM

Beijing has been working on the exemptions for six months, but roll-out signals trade war has gone further than it expected.

China throws trade war tariff exclusion lifelines that it thought it would never need
China exporters react to Donald Trump’s new trade war tariff plan: ‘This will kill my US market’

Exporters from China woke up to the news that Trump is pressing forward with the ‘nuclear option’ in the long-running trade war.

15 May 2019 - 3:20PM

Exporters from China woke up to the news that Trump is pressing forward with the ‘nuclear option’ in the long-running trade war.

China exporters react to Donald Trump’s new trade war tariff plan: ‘This will kill my US market’
As US-China trade war tariffs strike, ships at sea are safe but ‘blackmail’ mood sours at Chinese docks

Chinese exporters bemoan uncertainty amid claims of ‘cut throat’ treatment and ‘blackmail’ caused by new 25 per cent tariff imposed by US President Donald Trump.

11 May 2019 - 4:23AM

Chinese exporters bemoan uncertainty amid claims of ‘cut throat’ treatment and ‘blackmail’ caused by new 25 per cent tariff imposed by US President Donald Trump.

As US-China trade war tariffs strike, ships at sea are safe but ‘blackmail’ mood sours at Chinese docks
Trump has slapped new trade war tariffs on China – what's next?

US President Donald Trump announced Friday, May 10, 2019, that Washington would raise tariffs on US$200 billion worth of Chinese goods from 10 per cent to 25 per cent. China almost instantly responded by vowing to implement “necessary countermeasures”. SCMP political economy team members Finbarr Bermingham and Cissy Zhou, who have been following the trade war and its impact, discuss what's next.

26 Jun 2019 - 2:52PM

US President Donald Trump announced Friday, May 10, 2019, that Washington would raise tariffs on US$200 billion worth of Chinese goods from 10 per cent to 25 per cent. China almost instantly responded by vowing to implement “necessary countermeasures”. SCMP political economy team members Finbarr Bermingham and Cissy Zhou, who have been following the trade war and its impact, discuss what's next.

Trump has slapped new trade war tariffs on China – what's next?
China vows to implement ‘necessary countermeasures’ in response to Donald Trump’s US tariff increase

Increase from 10 per cent to 25 per cent on US$200 billion of Chinese goods was threatened by the US president in a tweet on Sunday.

7 Jun 2019 - 2:11PM

Increase from 10 per cent to 25 per cent on US$200 billion of Chinese goods was threatened by the US president in a tweet on Sunday.

China vows to implement ‘necessary countermeasures’ in response to Donald Trump’s US tariff increase