President Trump made several swipes at China today, without actually naming it, in a speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos. Delegates queued for over an hour to hear the President speak in a packed auditorium, according to Bloomberg coverage. Trump dedicated the first half of his speech to the US’s economic performance during... View Article

The ongoing rift between the US and China over global trade took another turn on Wednesday when US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross hit out at Beijing’s ‘protectionist behaviour’. Earlier this week, China said the US posed an ‘unprecedented challenge to the multilateral trade system.’ But Mr Ross, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, asserted... View Article

A version of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) – without the US – is to be signed in March in what represents a diplomatic coup for Japan, which has worked hard to revive the project. The future of the TPP seemed doomed last year when President Trump announced the US withdrawal from the deal. But... View Article

New US import tariffs on solar panels and washing machines announced this week have been condemned by key Asian exporters including China and South Korea. The tariffs, which US President Trump pursued as part of his ‘America First’ policy, include rises in duties by as much as 50 per cent in some instances, according to... View Article

The City of London Corporation has today announced a year-long initiative asking businesses in the UK and abroad to help shape its work across Asia over the next ten years. The Asia Next Decade campaign sees the launch of a new website where industry partners can go to submit their views on Asia via an... View Article

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has said the US poses an ‘unprecedented challenge to the multilateral trade system’ in remarks that will do little to ease tensions between the world’s two largest economies. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying made the comments in response to US criticism of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) decision to admit China... View Article

North Korea’s cyber capabilities should be considered “just below their nuclear capability” as a risk to global security, according to one of South Korea’s most decorated generals. Speaking in London, Lieutenant General In-Bum Chun said “we should be very worried,” about the North’s cyber sophistication. A report published today has linked last year’s hacking of... View Article

China has announced plans to build a US$2 billion artificial intelligence (AI) research park in west Beijing as part of its ambition to become the world leader in AI technologies. According to the official state news agency Xinhua, the park will focus on ‘developing areas such as super high-speed big data, cloud computing, biometric identification... View Article

India’s External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, is to tour three Southeast Asian countries this month, highlighting the region’s importance to the world’s sixth largest economy. Mrs Swaraj will visit Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore during a five day trip, in which economic ties and defence will be discussed, the Economic Times reports. Mrs Swaraj will also... View Article

Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi, the former Permanent Secretary at the Brunei Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministry, has begun his five-year term as Secretary-General of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). Lim is a leading diplomat who served as Brunei’s Chief Negotiator during Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free-trade talks. Described by the Jakarta Post... View Article