Chinese Vice Premier Liu He is to travel to Washington next week to continue trade negotiations, following limited progress in talks in Beijing on Friday. White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said, “China’s top economic adviser, the vice premier (Liu He), will be coming here next week to continue the discussions with the president’s economic team.”... View Article

Details have emerged from last week’s US-China trade talks, with both sides reportedly taking a hard-line approach. Documents outlining the US and China’s respective demands highlight the scale of the challenge facing negotiators if a mutually acceptable deal is to be struck. According to The Financial Times, the US demands include China cutting its $337bn-a-year... View Article

European markets dipped on Thursday as analysts predicted slow progress in China-US trade talks. The UK’s FTSE 100, Germany’s DAX and France’s CAC all closed the day at a low, The Guardian reports, reflecting a cautious mood among investors. The negotiations, which The Wall Street Journal described as likely to be ‘recurring, difficult talks that... View Article

Chinese media has warned the US to approach today’s trade talks “with sincerity,” adding that Beijing will not adhere to all of Washington’s requests. In an editorial, Global Times stated: ‘Washington had better not expect that its trade-war stick will force Beijing to take whatever the US delegation offers. The imminent dialogue must be held on... View Article

Amid efforts by France, Germany and the UK to keep the Iran nuclear deal – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – alive, Israel has released evidence that they claim shows that Iran has lied about its nuclear ambitions and intentions before the JCPOA deal was signed in 2015, according to the BBC.  The... View Article

President Donald Trump is sending his top economic advisors to Beijing in a bid to head off a looming US-China trade war. “I think we’ve got a very good chance of making a deal,” President Trump told reporters during French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to the White House. If an agreement isn’t reached, President Trump... View Article

Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa industrial free zone (KIZAD) has attracted US$1bn in foreign direct investments from Chinese companies in under a year. According to UAE officials, this is expected to rise when the UAE’s new investment law is implemented, reports Gulf News. 15 Chinese companies have invested in KIZAD in the last year and KIZAD has... View Article

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced a cabinet reshuffle on April 24th, where all but one of the 16 ministries saw changes. Prime Minister Lee said that this year’s reshuffle was more extensive than usual as he would like  to “stretch” the younger ministers by giving them additional responsibility, reported Channel News Asia. This is... View Article

Xi Jinping unveiled the ‘Hainan plan’ on Friday last week, which will see the island of Hainan developed into a pilot free-trade port by 2025.  In a document released by the Chinese government’s official website, they will set up an investment fund in order to build the free-trade port, which aims to be ‘mature’ by... View Article

President Xi Jinping has pledged to further open up China’s economy in a speech which seemed aimed at countering US protectionism. Speaking at the Boao economic forum, President Xi said China will ease restrictions on auto imports and will give foreign companies greater access to its financial services market, The Straits Times reports. “China’s door... View Article