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

US-China trade war update: California is ‘Ground Zero’ for US-China relations, and how Vietnam is hurting a Chinese-free trade zone

Author Matt Sheehan talks about how the trade war is part of a much deeper change in US-China relations, while field reporter He Huifeng reveals the Chinese industrial park on the Vietnamese border is suffering from the exodus of companies from China. (Image courtesy Harry Harrison)

10 Oct 2019 - 8:43AM

Author Matt Sheehan talks about how the trade war is part of a much deeper change in US-China relations, while field reporter He Huifeng reveals the Chinese industrial park on the Vietnamese border is suffering from the exodus of companies from China. (Image courtesy Harry Harrison)

US-China trade war update: California is ‘Ground Zero’ for US-China relations, and how Vietnam is hurting a Chinese-free trade zone
China’s manufacturing remained weak in September as activity contracted for fifth straight month, data shows

The manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI), released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Monday, was 49.8, up from 49.5 in August.

30 Sep 2019 - 11:29PM

The manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI), released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Monday, was 49.8, up from 49.5 in August.

China’s manufacturing remained weak in September as activity contracted for fifth straight month, data shows
US-China trade war update: China's cancelled midwest farm trip, Trump's UN trade tirade, the changing mood of trade talks

Analysing the politics of Chinese officials visiting farms in Montana and Nebraska, and Trump’s attack on China at the UN General Assembly

27 Sep 2019 - 5:18PM

Analysing the politics of Chinese officials visiting farms in Montana and Nebraska, and Trump’s attack on China at the UN General Assembly

US-China trade war update: China's cancelled midwest farm trip, Trump's UN trade tirade, the changing mood of trade talks
US bill on Hong Kong sends further chill through city’s economy, stokes fears of American exodus

Immediate impact of Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act would be minimal, analysts said, but will reinforce a negative image of city for US companies.

27 Sep 2019 - 9:08AM

Immediate impact of Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act would be minimal, analysts said, but will reinforce a negative image of city for US companies.

US bill on Hong Kong sends further chill through city’s economy, stokes fears of American exodus
Donald Trump warned it’s ‘easier to negotiate nuclear weapons’ deals than trade pacts by former White House aide

Former trade and state department officials wonder if the US president grasps the difficulty of reaching a substantial trade deal with China.

25 Sep 2019 - 9:19AM

Former trade and state department officials wonder if the US president grasps the difficulty of reaching a substantial trade deal with China.

Donald Trump warned it’s ‘easier to negotiate nuclear weapons’ deals than trade pacts by former White House aide
China and US in new ‘cold war’ that is ‘more difficult’ than Soviet-era, says former US Ambassador to China

US Ambassador under Obama, Max Baucus, warns that the US-China dispute is ‘much more difficult, much more pervasive’ than the cold war.

21 Sep 2019 - 5:49AM

US Ambassador under Obama, Max Baucus, warns that the US-China dispute is ‘much more difficult, much more pervasive’ than the cold war.

China and US in new ‘cold war’ that is ‘more difficult’ than Soviet-era, says former US Ambassador to China
US-China trade war update: China’s man in Washington, talk of ‘Cold War’ in Hong Kong, Pillsbury talks ‘consequences’ for no deal

What it’s means for Beijing’s advance negotiator to visit US farms and analysing comments about a ‘Cold War’ and its ‘consequences’ from Trump’s ‘China expert’ during his visit to Hong Kong for the American Chamber of Commerce.

20 Sep 2019 - 6:57PM

What it’s means for Beijing’s advance negotiator to visit US farms and analysing comments about a ‘Cold War’ and its ‘consequences’ from Trump’s ‘China expert’ during his visit to Hong Kong for the American Chamber of Commerce.

US-China trade war update: China’s man in Washington, talk of ‘Cold War’ in Hong Kong, Pillsbury talks ‘consequences’ for no deal
Donald Trump’s ready to escalate US trade war if deal not agreed soon, says top White House adviser Michael Pillsbury

Tariffs on Chinese goods ‘could go to 50 per cent or 100 per cent’, but Trump is not pursuing ‘cold war 2.0’, leading White House adviser says.

20 Sep 2019 - 1:09PM

Tariffs on Chinese goods ‘could go to 50 per cent or 100 per cent’, but Trump is not pursuing ‘cold war 2.0’, leading White House adviser says.

Donald Trump’s ready to escalate US trade war if deal not agreed soon, says top White House adviser Michael Pillsbury
Trade war alone did not cause the slump in Asia’s export hubs, but Donald Trump ‘blocking’ recovery

Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan have seen sharp drops in growth this year due to declining electronic exports.

19 Sep 2019 - 9:33AM

Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan have seen sharp drops in growth this year due to declining electronic exports.

Trade war alone did not cause the slump in Asia’s export hubs, but Donald Trump ‘blocking’ recovery
China’s industrial growth slowed to new 17-year low in August, even before new US trade war tariffs took effect

Industrial production, which measures China’s industrial output grew at 4.4 per cent last month, down from 4.8 per cent in July and the lowest growth since February 2002.

17 Sep 2019 - 9:42AM

Industrial production, which measures China’s industrial output grew at 4.4 per cent last month, down from 4.8 per cent in July and the lowest growth since February 2002.

China’s industrial growth slowed to new 17-year low in August, even before new US trade war tariffs took effect
US-China trade war update: Analysing Trump's anniversary gift, and how food security dictates China's negotiating strategy

Analysing Trump's tariff surprise and the importance of October 1 for China; how China's food security concerns are influencing its approach to trade war talks and a tale of two Chinese factories being hit hard by tariffs.

13 Sep 2019 - 4:39PM

Analysing Trump's tariff surprise and the importance of October 1 for China; how China's food security concerns are influencing its approach to trade war talks and a tale of two Chinese factories being hit hard by tariffs.

US-China trade war update: Analysing Trump's anniversary gift, and how food security dictates China's negotiating strategy
China’s exports fell unexpectedly in August as US trade war continues to slam industrial economy

Despite a return to growth in July, shipments lost more ground in August as US tariffs continued to wreak havoc on trade.

9 Sep 2019 - 11:30AM

Despite a return to growth in July, shipments lost more ground in August as US tariffs continued to wreak havoc on trade.

China’s exports fell unexpectedly in August as US trade war continues to slam industrial economy
US-China trade war update: Analysing Xi’s ‘struggle’ speech, China’s trade negotiation team and a growing crisis of pork supply

Analysing Xi Jinping’s recent ‘struggle’ speech and the announcement of trade negotiations between the US and China to commence two days later; how the combination of African swine fever and tariffs on US imports are creating a sense of crisis for the world’s largest consumer of pork

9 Sep 2019 - 10:34AM

Analysing Xi Jinping’s recent ‘struggle’ speech and the announcement of trade negotiations between the US and China to commence two days later; how the combination of African swine fever and tariffs on US imports are creating a sense of crisis for the world’s largest consumer of pork

US-China trade war update: Analysing Xi’s ‘struggle’ speech, China’s trade negotiation team and a growing crisis of pork supply
Chinese tariffs hit US food exporters, leaving other nations to make hay while the sun shines

China is replacing many of its US food imports with goods from other nations as the trade war pulls the world’s two largest economies further apart.

5 Sep 2019 - 11:10AM

China is replacing many of its US food imports with goods from other nations as the trade war pulls the world’s two largest economies further apart.

Chinese tariffs hit US food exporters, leaving other nations to make hay while the sun shines
Singapore’s US-China trade war exposure laid bare in scathing economic review

‘Trade tensions escalating’ seen as the biggest risk facing the Lion City, with this year’s growth forecasts having already been downgraded from 2.1 per cent to 0.6 per cent.

4 Sep 2019 - 10:28PM

‘Trade tensions escalating’ seen as the biggest risk facing the Lion City, with this year’s growth forecasts having already been downgraded from 2.1 per cent to 0.6 per cent.

Singapore’s US-China trade war exposure laid bare in scathing economic review
Escalating trade war continues to hit China’s manufacturing, with slump continuing into August

Figure adds to a month of woe for policymakers in Beijing, even ahead of planned US tariff increases in September, October and December.

31 Aug 2019 - 10:28PM

Figure adds to a month of woe for policymakers in Beijing, even ahead of planned US tariff increases in September, October and December.

Escalating trade war continues to hit China’s manufacturing, with slump continuing into August
US-China Trade War update: Tit for tat tariffs, tweets and a phantom telephone call between trade rivals

Analysing how Beijing will respond to Trump labelling Xi Jinping an ‘enemy’, and studying what announcements China will make in the next week

4 Sep 2019 - 11:53AM

Analysing how Beijing will respond to Trump labelling Xi Jinping an ‘enemy’, and studying what announcements China will make in the next week

US-China Trade War update: Tit for tat tariffs, tweets and a phantom telephone call between trade rivals
US moves quickly to implement Donald Trump’s trade war tariff increase on Chinese-made consumer goods

US Federal Register notice confirms tariff rise from 10 to 15 per cent on US$300 billion of goods from Friday.

28 Aug 2019 - 8:59PM

US Federal Register notice confirms tariff rise from 10 to 15 per cent on US$300 billion of goods from Friday.

US moves quickly to implement Donald Trump’s trade war tariff increase on Chinese-made consumer goods
China’s industrial profits bounce back in July, but long-term view remains negative amid trade war escalation

Oil processing profits are down 50.6 per cent this year, smelting down 25.1 per cent, manufacturing down 3.4 per cent, suggesting all isn’t well in China’s industrial economy.

28 Aug 2019 - 4:18PM

Oil processing profits are down 50.6 per cent this year, smelting down 25.1 per cent, manufacturing down 3.4 per cent, suggesting all isn’t well in China’s industrial economy.

China’s industrial profits bounce back in July, but long-term view remains negative amid trade war escalation
China-based firms look to obscure tariff loophole to dodge trade war, but US customs is cracking down

An arcane piece of trade law has caught the eye of exporters looking to avoid Donald Trump’s tariffs, but it can only be used within strict parameters.

24 Aug 2019 - 4:27AM

An arcane piece of trade law has caught the eye of exporters looking to avoid Donald Trump’s tariffs, but it can only be used within strict parameters.

China-based firms look to obscure tariff loophole to dodge trade war, but US customs is cracking down
Could Hong Kong protests influence US-China trade talks?

US President Donald Trump and his advisers have linked Hong Kong’s protests with US-China trade talks. Will Beijing’s response to the protests change the course of the ongoing trade war? We speak to William Marshall, who has 20 years' experience advising on trade between the two sides, to get his expertise.

23 Aug 2019 - 6:19PM

US President Donald Trump and his advisers have linked Hong Kong’s protests with US-China trade talks. Will Beijing’s response to the protests change the course of the ongoing trade war? We speak to William Marshall, who has 20 years' experience advising on trade between the two sides, to get his expertise.

Could Hong Kong protests influence US-China trade talks?
South Korea’s economy facing ‘perfect storm’ as Japan trade dispute continues and exports plunge

South Korea’s exports for the first 20 days of August fell 13 per cent from a year earlier, pointing to a ninth successive monthly decline.

26 Aug 2019 - 11:56AM

South Korea’s exports for the first 20 days of August fell 13 per cent from a year earlier, pointing to a ninth successive monthly decline.

South Korea’s economy facing ‘perfect storm’ as Japan trade dispute continues and exports plunge
Donald Trump’s trade war tariffs on China failing to bring jobs and manufacturing back to the US

The US president promised tariffs on Chinese goods would help bring jobs back to the United States, but it is Southeast Asian nations and Mexico that are benefiting the most.

23 Aug 2019 - 9:58AM

The US president promised tariffs on Chinese goods would help bring jobs back to the United States, but it is Southeast Asian nations and Mexico that are benefiting the most.

Donald Trump’s trade war tariffs on China failing to bring jobs and manufacturing back to the US
Trade war and globalisation backlash pushing trading nations to the economic brink as recessions loom

Two of the world’s most famous trading nations, Germany and Singapore, are facing recessions later this year, largely due to slowdown in global trade.

22 Aug 2019 - 9:53AM

Two of the world’s most famous trading nations, Germany and Singapore, are facing recessions later this year, largely due to slowdown in global trade.

Trade war and globalisation backlash pushing trading nations to the economic brink as recessions loom
US-China trade war takes a breather as Beijing sees ‘positive signal’ in Donald Trump’s tariff delay

Planned levies on many of the US$300 billion of Chinese products threatened to start in September have either been delayed or removed after a phone call between negotiators.

15 Aug 2019 - 12:18AM

Planned levies on many of the US$300 billion of Chinese products threatened to start in September have either been delayed or removed after a phone call between negotiators.

US-China trade war takes a breather as Beijing sees ‘positive signal’ in Donald Trump’s tariff delay
China slowdown persists as industrial economy posts worst growth since February 2002

Industrial production – a measure of China’s industrial sectors including manufacturing and mining – grew by just 4.8 per cent in July.

14 Aug 2019 - 10:20PM

Industrial production – a measure of China’s industrial sectors including manufacturing and mining – grew by just 4.8 per cent in July.

China slowdown persists as industrial economy posts worst growth since February 2002
Singapore economy tipped for recession as US-China trade war slams imports, exports, manufacturing

Second quarter growth confirmed at minus 3.3 per cent on a quarterly basis, with ‘recession in the third quarter of the year’ a possibility.

13 Aug 2019 - 10:10PM

Second quarter growth confirmed at minus 3.3 per cent on a quarterly basis, with ‘recession in the third quarter of the year’ a possibility.

Singapore economy tipped for recession as US-China trade war slams imports, exports, manufacturing
Donald Trump’s ‘real threat’ of Vietnam tariffs sends ripples of anxiety through Southeast Asian nation

The US president is keen to narrow America’s trade deficit and stop illegal transshipments from China looking to avoid trade war tariffs.

12 Aug 2019 - 10:33AM

The US president is keen to narrow America’s trade deficit and stop illegal transshipments from China looking to avoid trade war tariffs.

Donald Trump’s ‘real threat’ of Vietnam tariffs sends ripples of anxiety through Southeast Asian nation
China’s US trade slumps again, but exports rise due to higher demand from Asian neighbours

China’s unexpected rise in exports in July was driven by trade with the likes of Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea to offset drop in sales to the United States.

8 Aug 2019 - 11:55PM

China’s unexpected rise in exports in July was driven by trade with the likes of Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea to offset drop in sales to the United States.

China’s US trade slumps again, but exports rise due to higher demand from Asian neighbours
China’s exports post surprise growth in July despite dramatic escalation in US trade war

Exports grew by 3.3 per cent year-on-year in July, two full months after US President Donald Trump ratcheted up trade war tariffs on US$200 billion of Chinese goods.

8 Aug 2019 - 4:16PM

Exports grew by 3.3 per cent year-on-year in July, two full months after US President Donald Trump ratcheted up trade war tariffs on US$200 billion of Chinese goods.

China’s exports post surprise growth in July despite dramatic escalation in US trade war