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Global Economy

Should we fear a trade war?

Asean needs to go well beyond the AEC

China Focus

China piles up free trade deals as Trump abandons them

BEIJING (Jan 25): Just as the US throws up new barriers to cross-border commerce, its largest trading partner China is redoubling its efforts to seal free-trade agreements.

APEC trade ministers omit protectionism pledge in statement

(May 22): Asia-Pacific trade ministers issued a diluted “actions” statement after a weekend meeting in Vietnam, suggesting further pressure from the U.S. to avoid explicit pledges to combat protectionism.
Chinese President Xi Jinping leaves the stage after speaking during the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on May 14. Photographer: Pool/Getty Images

Global Economy

Xi opens China’s globalisation forum with US$78 billion pledge

BEIJING (May 15): President Xi Jinping laid the framework for Chinese-style globalization and his ambition to lead it during a speech inaugurating his cornerstone diplomatic trade initiative for a new Silk Road.

Populist policies could lead to stagflation, says Schroders’ chief economist

SINGAPORE (April 18): Schroders’ Chief Economist & Strategist Keith Wade says populist policies to restrict trade and migration are likely to lead to stagflation which could impact Asia and the emerging markets (EM).
Trump and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe (Image: Bloomberg)

Global Markets

Asia goes back to the future on trade to manage in Trump times

HONG KONG (Feb 15): Everything old is new again when it comes to trade deals.
APEC summit

Global Markets

Asia-Pacific summit closes with call to work for free trade

LIMA, PERU (Nov 21): Leaders of 21 Asia-Pacific nations ended their annual summit Sunday with a call to resist protectionism amid signs of increased free-trade skepticism, highlighted by the victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential election.