Politics

Before the 737 MAX was grounded in March 2019 after a second fatal crash, Boeing was selling one quarter of the planes it built annually to China buyers. Photo: AFP
Boeing 737 MAX to return to China’s skies by ‘beginning of next year’

China’s aviation regulator issued an airworthiness directive for the Boeing 737 MAX, which has been grounded in China since 2019, although further changes are still needed before the grounding order on the aircraft is lifted.

3 Dec 2021 - 5:14PM
The Biden administration aims to forge stronger trade ties with the largest economies in Asia, in part to counter China’s economic practices. Photo: Reuters
Explainer | How have US-China talks failed and succeeded in recent years?

Barack Obama, Donald Trump and Joe Biden have employed different tactics when engaging with China on politically sensitive matters that have long strained bilateral relations.

18 Nov 2021 - 5:56AM
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Joe Biden met for the first via video conference on Tuesday morning. Photo: Reuters
China ‘can’t develop in isolation’, but ‘world can’t develop without China’

Following the meeting between Xi Jinping and Joe Biden, Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan and Premier Li Keqiang spoke about China opening up further and being committed to industry and supply chain stability.

18 Nov 2021 - 8:44AM
Petrol prices remain high in many countries around the world. Photo: Reuters
exclusive | China ‘open’ to idea of jointly releasing oil reserves with US

The issue of China joining the United States in releasing crude oil reserves was raised during the virtual meeting between Xi Jinping and Joe Biden.

17 Nov 2021 - 11:21PM
The European Union and United States blame China for excess global steel production capacity and “dirty” production technology. Photo: AP
US wants ‘more trade tools’ to combat Chinese overseas steel investment

US Trade Representative Katherine Tai said she supports laws to combat skirting of existing anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties, including by subsidised Chinese investment in steel production elsewhere in Southeast Asia.

3 Nov 2021 - 7:22PM
The US and China signed their long-awaited trade deal in January 2020, with the conditions of the agreement taking effect one month later. Photo: Reuters
‘Reciprocal’ lowering of US-China tariffs could ease inflation, Yellen says

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says the US expects China to meet its commitments under the phase-one trade deal, but could look at eventually lowering some tariffs.

1 Nov 2021 - 1:40PM
In China’s case, a lower yuan exchange rate figure actually indicates a stronger Chinese currency as it means it takes fewer yuan to purchase one US dollar. Photo: AFP
Explainer | What does a stronger US dollar-yuan exchange rate mean?

The exchange rate between China’s yuan and the US dollar has become a closely watched issue as a lower yuan exchange rate figure means it takes fewer yuan to purchase one US dollar, indicating a stronger Chinese currency.

22 Oct 2021 - 5:18AM
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned the current vaccination rate inconsistencies across countries could also worsen the supply and demand mismatch, and it predicts price pressures on food, oil and housing will persist into 2022 for some developing economies. Photo: EPA-EFE
Covid-19 ‘faultlines’, ‘hobbled’ recoveries push IMF to downgrade outlook

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cut its global economic growth forecast for the year due to periodic coronavirus outbreaks, poor vaccine access and weak government policy support.

15 Oct 2021 - 12:42AM
Some Chinese industries will benefit from the Biden administration’s upcoming “targeted tariff-exclusion process”, but analysts say US policy is still more focused on supporting American companies. Photo: Shutterstock
How ‘targeted tariff exclusions’ will protect US interests in trade with China

Washington’s approval process for tariff exemptions has been criticised as opaque and inefficient under both Donald Trump and Joe Biden, and among the limited exemptions granted, most have expired.

7 Oct 2021 - 9:25AM
Xinjiang remains a major agricultural base and primary industries that harvest or extract raw materials still accounted for 14.4 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2020. Illustration: Henry Wong
Beijing pours billions into Xinjiang. Is it sustainable?

The US earlier this year banned cotton and tomato products from Xinjiang over alleged human rights violations, but the province remains a major agricultural base.

1 Oct 2021 - 1:46PM
China wants to become more self-reliant in the production of commercial aircraft engines, airborne systems and raw materials in order to break the duopoly of Boeing and Airbus. Photo: Reuters
Shanghai to be centre of China’s ‘civil aviation industrial ecosystem’ by 2025

China has spent billions to increase its capability to manufacture passenger planes amid deepening rifts with the United States and break the duopoly of Boeing and Airbus.

4 Sep 2021 - 10:48PM
Bloomberg data showed that Chinese suppliers flooded the US solar market with panels at the end of 2017 as customers sought to avoid paying a 30 per cent import tariff. Photo: Bloomberg
China’s ‘baseless’ challenge to US solar panel tariffs rejected by WTO

Then-president Donald Trump announced four years of import caps and tariffs on solar panels in January 2018, but China did not establish the safeguards were inconsistent with World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.

3 Sep 2021 - 9:58AM
Sent to Chinese hospitals, companies and other state-owned buyers, the document sets local content requirements of 25 per cent to 100 per cent for 315 items. Photo: DPA
China’s ‘buy Chinese’ targets for state firms against US trade deal, WTO

Issued in May by the Chinese Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the document is reported to set local content requirements of 25 to 100 per cent for 315 items.

3 Aug 2021 - 9:45AM
The US and China held three rounds of talks at the end of May and start of June after around nine months of silence with Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He speaking to both US Trade Representative Katherine Tai and US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. Photo: Reuters
‘Competition over cooperation’ leaves regular US-China talks up in the air

The US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue was suspended by the Trump administration, and last week US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said she had no intention to resume the highest-level bilateral forum.

20 Jul 2021 - 5:30PM
Passed by unanimous consent, the bipartisan measure would shift the burden of proof to importers. The current rule bans goods if there is reasonable evidence of forced labour. Photo: Reuters
US ban on all products from China’s Xinjiang nears as Senate passes bill

The Uygur Forced Labour Prevention Act would create a ‘rebuttable presumption’ assuming goods manufactured in Xinjiang are made with forced labour.

15 Jul 2021 - 9:39AM
China confirmed Commerce Minister Wang Wentao spoke with his American counterpart Gina Raimondo on Thursday, with the talks described as a ‘candid and pragmatic exchange of views’. Photo: AFP
US sheds light on China trade talks, raises concerns over ‘unfair policies’

China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao spoke with his American counterpart Gina Raimondo on Thursday, although the US did not immediately release a statement.

11 Jun 2021 - 11:28AM
China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao spoke with his American counterpart Gina Raimondo on Thursday. Photo: Reuters
US, China hold third talk in 2 weeks with ‘candid, pragmatic exchange of views’

China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao spoke with his American counterpart Gina Raimondo on Thursday.

11 Jun 2021 - 10:07AM
A “supply chain trade strike force” led by US Trade Representative Katherine Tai will look for specific violations that have contributed to a “hollowing out” of supply chains that could be addressed with trade remedies, including toward China. Photo: Shutterstock
US to set up ‘strike force’ to go after China on trade

The ‘supply chain trade strike force’, led by the US Trade Representative, will look for specific violations that have contributed to a ‘hollowing out’ of supply chains.

9 Jun 2021 - 8:40AM