Workers wearing face masks rope a container ship at a port in Qingdao, Shandong province, China, on February 11. Global trade declined by 3 per cent in value during the first quarter of this year. Photo: China Daily via Reuters Workers wearing face masks rope a container ship at a port in Qingdao, Shandong province, China, on February 11. Global trade declined by 3 per cent in value during the first quarter of this year. Photo: China Daily via Reuters
Workers wearing face masks rope a container ship at a port in Qingdao, Shandong province, China, on February 11. Global trade declined by 3 per cent in value during the first quarter of this year. Photo: China Daily via Reuters
Anthony Rowley
Opinion

Opinion

Macroscope by Anthony Rowley

Donald Trump’s attacks and coronavirus effects have left global trade battered and leaderless

  • Any post-outbreak recovery for the world economy is likely to be very slow without robust, well-supported trade infrastructure
  • The US administration’s choice to assail global institutions rather than fortify them creates a potentially destabilising leadership vacuum

Workers wearing face masks rope a container ship at a port in Qingdao, Shandong province, China, on February 11. Global trade declined by 3 per cent in value during the first quarter of this year. Photo: China Daily via Reuters Workers wearing face masks rope a container ship at a port in Qingdao, Shandong province, China, on February 11. Global trade declined by 3 per cent in value during the first quarter of this year. Photo: China Daily via Reuters
Workers wearing face masks rope a container ship at a port in Qingdao, Shandong province, China, on February 11. Global trade declined by 3 per cent in value during the first quarter of this year. Photo: China Daily via Reuters
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Anthony Rowley

Anthony Rowley

Anthony Rowley is a veteran journalist specialising in Asian economic and financial affairs. He was formerly Business Editor and International Finance Editor of the Hong Kong-based Far Eastern Economic Review and worked earlier on The Times newspaper in London