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.

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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.

13 May 2019 - 7:49AM

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.

13 May 2019 - 11:32AM

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
US firms fear retaliation to Donald Trump’s tariffs will be ‘final nail in the coffin’ for exports to China

US Dairy Council fears for the future of its access to the huge consumer market with Beijing expected to respond to the anticipated new 25 per cent rate on Friday.

10 May 2019 - 10:00AM

US Dairy Council fears for the future of its access to the huge consumer market with Beijing expected to respond to the anticipated new 25 per cent rate on Friday.

US firms fear retaliation to Donald Trump’s tariffs will be ‘final nail in the coffin’ for exports to China
Trade war pushing companies from China to Vietnam, but experts warn they may have missed the boat

Malaysia and Batam in Indonesia emerging as alternative manufacturing hubs as firms seek alternatives to China.

10 May 2019 - 3:22PM

Malaysia and Batam in Indonesia emerging as alternative manufacturing hubs as firms seek alternatives to China.

Trade war pushing companies from China to Vietnam, but experts warn they may have missed the boat
Donald Trump’s 25 per cent tariffs may be the difference between life and death for some US companies

US President Donald Trump sent shock waves through global markets when he announced US$200 billion of Chinese goods will be subject to 25 per cent tariffs.

8 May 2019 - 10:21AM

US President Donald Trump sent shock waves through global markets when he announced US$200 billion of Chinese goods will be subject to 25 per cent tariffs.

Donald Trump’s 25 per cent tariffs may be the difference between life and death for some US companies
Donald Trump’s ‘Thanos-like’ tariff threat to China adds to ‘risk of global recession’, analysts say

US President Donald Trump compared to the character from the ‘Avengers’ after Sunday’s threat to increase tariffs on Chinese goods from 10 per cent to 25 per cent.

6 May 2019 - 11:28PM

US President Donald Trump compared to the character from the ‘Avengers’ after Sunday’s threat to increase tariffs on Chinese goods from 10 per cent to 25 per cent.

Donald Trump’s ‘Thanos-like’ tariff threat to China adds to ‘risk of global recession’, analysts say
China’s population to peak in 2023, study shows

China’s population will peak in 2023 according to a report, five years earlier than the official forecasts.

3 May 2019 - 11:22AM

China’s population will peak in 2023 according to a report, five years earlier than the official forecasts.

China’s population to peak in 2023, study shows
China’s population to peak in 2023, five years earlier than official estimates, new research shows

Findings suggest Beijing waited too long to abandon the one-child policy, founder of one of the firms behind the report says.

2 May 2019 - 11:27PM

Findings suggest Beijing waited too long to abandon the one-child policy, founder of one of the firms behind the report says.

China’s population to peak in 2023, five years earlier than official estimates, new research shows
China’s PMI suffers surprise decline in April despite Beijing’s stimulus efforts

China’s purchasing managers’ index fell in April, suggesting the economy is continuing to battle headwinds of the trade war with the United States and sluggish demand.

30 Apr 2019 - 10:57PM

China’s purchasing managers’ index fell in April, suggesting the economy is continuing to battle headwinds of the trade war with the United States and sluggish demand.

China’s PMI suffers surprise decline in April despite Beijing’s stimulus efforts
Ahead of US-China trade talks, veteran negotiators warn that deals can often get lost in translation

Former trade negotiators from Office of the US Trade Representative discuss ‘making up words’ to get a deal over the line and ‘haggling over individual words’.

29 Apr 2019 - 11:30PM

Former trade negotiators from Office of the US Trade Representative discuss ‘making up words’ to get a deal over the line and ‘haggling over individual words’.

Ahead of US-China trade talks, veteran negotiators warn that deals can often get lost in translation
Trade war forcing 93 per cent of Chinese companies to transform supply chains, survey shows

In a bid to avoid Donald Trump’s tariffs, companies from Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore are considering making changes.

23 Apr 2019 - 7:00PM

In a bid to avoid Donald Trump’s tariffs, companies from Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore are considering making changes.

Trade war forcing 93 per cent of Chinese companies to transform supply chains, survey shows
African swine fever: ‘not enough pork in the whole world’ to fill China’s supply gap

Rabobank estimates that China could lose up to 200 million pigs to disease or slaughter, almost three times the number of pigs in the United States.

17 May 2019 - 10:31AM

Rabobank estimates that China could lose up to 200 million pigs to disease or slaughter, almost three times the number of pigs in the United States.

African swine fever: ‘not enough pork in the whole world’ to fill China’s supply gap
Donald Trump’s trade war tariffs on car industry sending shock waves through global supply chain

US tariffs on vehicles and parts would reverberate through global car supply chain, with both US and Chinese companies standing to lose out.

18 Apr 2019 - 10:38AM

US tariffs on vehicles and parts would reverberate through global car supply chain, with both US and Chinese companies standing to lose out.

Donald Trump’s trade war tariffs on car industry sending shock waves through global supply chain
China economy grows faster than expected in first quarter on strong industrial production

China’s economy grew 6.4 per cent in the first quarter, matching the slowest rate for 27 years but showing some signs of stability.

17 Apr 2019 - 1:26PM

China’s economy grew 6.4 per cent in the first quarter, matching the slowest rate for 27 years but showing some signs of stability.

China economy grows faster than expected in first quarter on strong industrial production
US-China trade war ‘still within control’, Beijing says, as trade gap widens due to soaring Chinese exports

Exports grew by 14.2 per cent in March, a big jump from the 20.8 per cent fall in January and February, while exports contracted by 7.6 per cent.

12 Apr 2019 - 11:27PM

Exports grew by 14.2 per cent in March, a big jump from the 20.8 per cent fall in January and February, while exports contracted by 7.6 per cent.

US-China trade war ‘still within control’, Beijing says, as trade gap widens due to soaring Chinese exports
China’s exports recover in March, but imports crash again as trade war deal nears

Exports grew by 14.2 per cent, a big jump from the 20.8 per cent fall in January and February, the data for which was combined due to the Lunar New Year holiday.

12 Apr 2019 - 4:41PM

Exports grew by 14.2 per cent, a big jump from the 20.8 per cent fall in January and February, the data for which was combined due to the Lunar New Year holiday.

China’s exports recover in March, but imports crash again as trade war deal nears
Donald Trump urged by former US official to include allies in US-China trade war deal

The United States risks losing the spoils of the trade war if it does not include long-standing allies in a deal with China, according to a former senior US trade official.

11 Apr 2019 - 10:08PM

The United States risks losing the spoils of the trade war if it does not include long-standing allies in a deal with China, according to a former senior US trade official.

Donald Trump urged by former US official to include allies in US-China trade war deal
China’s African swine fever epidemic drives up inflation in March

China’s consumer price inflation rose sharply in March, as the country struggles to contain the impact of an African swine fever epidemic that has sent pork prices soaring.

17 May 2019 - 10:31AM

China’s consumer price inflation rose sharply in March, as the country struggles to contain the impact of an African swine fever epidemic that has sent pork prices soaring.

China’s African swine fever epidemic drives up inflation in March
Telescopes dispute brings US-China trade war into sharp focus with Chinese firms accused of ‘cartel-like behaviour’

Orion Telescope & Binoculars, the last major American telescope brand and distributor, is seeking US$180 million in damages from Chinese manufacturers.

10 Apr 2019 - 3:19PM

Orion Telescope & Binoculars, the last major American telescope brand and distributor, is seeking US$180 million in damages from Chinese manufacturers.

Telescopes dispute brings US-China trade war into sharp focus with Chinese firms accused of ‘cartel-like behaviour’
US-China trade war is the ‘biggest threat’ to Asian economies as growth forecasts slashed

The Asian Development Bank has slashed its growth outlook for Asia, matching a stance taken by the World Trade Organisation.

3 Apr 2019 - 6:59PM

The Asian Development Bank has slashed its growth outlook for Asia, matching a stance taken by the World Trade Organisation.

US-China trade war is the ‘biggest threat’ to Asian economies as growth forecasts slashed
US-China trade war biggest threat to Asian economy

The US-China trade war is the biggest threat to the Asian economy, with the uncertainty caused by prolonged negotiations leading investors to hold back.

4 Apr 2019 - 1:12PM

The US-China trade war is the biggest threat to the Asian economy, with the uncertainty caused by prolonged negotiations leading investors to hold back.

US-China trade war biggest threat to Asian economy
Donald Trump’s Twitter use is ‘liberating’, Rupert Murdoch has ‘less influence’, says ex-PM Malcolm Turnbull

In a wide-ranging interview, Malcolm Turnbull also discusses Rupert Murdoch’s role in ousting him from office and the use of Twitter by US President Donald Trump.

30 Mar 2019 - 11:29PM

In a wide-ranging interview, Malcolm Turnbull also discusses Rupert Murdoch’s role in ousting him from office and the use of Twitter by US President Donald Trump.

Donald Trump’s Twitter use is ‘liberating’, Rupert Murdoch has ‘less influence’, says ex-PM Malcolm Turnbull
Australia’s Huawei 5G ban is a ‘hedge’ against future Chinese aggression, says former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull explains why his government had to ‘hedge’ against future Chinese aggression with regards to the two technology companies.

29 Mar 2019 - 10:58PM

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull explains why his government had to ‘hedge’ against future Chinese aggression with regards to the two technology companies.

Australia’s Huawei 5G ban is a ‘hedge’ against future Chinese aggression, says former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull
China’s economic concerns mount as industrial profits crash to lowest since 2011

The data shows worrying figures across the board in China’s key industrial sectors with manufacturing profits falling by 15.7 per cent year-on-year.

27 Mar 2019 - 10:05PM

The data shows worrying figures across the board in China’s key industrial sectors with manufacturing profits falling by 15.7 per cent year-on-year.

China’s economic concerns mount as industrial profits crash to lowest since 2011