Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Rome on March 22, just days before Italy joined the Belt and Road Initiative. Photo: AP
Anthony Rowley
Opinion

Opinion

Macroscope by Anthony Rowley

The trade war has changed US-China ties forever, so Beijing is building bridges to the EU through the belt and road

  • The trade conflict will more likely than not end in a stalemate, sending Beijing scrambling for sophisticated partners
  • China’s overtures to Europe make sense in this light, since Donald Trump has not shown the foresight to counter them

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Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Rome on March 22, just days before Italy joined the Belt and Road Initiative. Photo: AP
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The skyline of the financial district in Frankfurt, Germany. Photo: Reuters
David Brown
Opinion

Opinion

Macroscope by David Brown

Why China must be prepared for Brexit and the possibility of another European crisis

  • Germany’s economy is flashing warning signs and with a no-deal Brexit imminent, contagion might spread across Europe and the world. The Chinese economy, already under stress from the US trade war, is vulnerable

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The skyline of the financial district in Frankfurt, Germany. Photo: Reuters
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