Week in Asia

Asia House Advisory's weekly round up of Asian trade and policy developments.

Thailand elections

Asia House Advisory provide analysis on Thailand’s upcoming elections.    Thailand, the second biggest economy in South East Asia, is arguably the most politically volatile nation in the region. Since becoming a constitutional monarchy in 1932 there have been 20 iterations of the national constitution and the military has undertaken 12 successful coups, attempting a further... View Article

China has revised its GDP growth target and announced a major tax cut as policymakers grapple with a debt problem and the ongoing trade war with the US. The government announced a growth target range of 6 to 6.5 per cent for 2019 at the opening of the National People’s Congress in Beijing on Tuesday.... View Article

The US and China are in the “final stages” of trade negotiations, with a deal potentially being sealed as early this month, according to sources close to the talks. Reuters reports that a summit at Mar-a-Lago, Florida, is being scheduled for the end of March, at which President Trump and President Xi could sign off... View Article

The 1 March deadline set by the US for progress with China on trade is to be delayed, President Trump said last night. The President took to Twitter to announce that the US will not levy additional tariffs on Chinese imports, as previously threatened, due to “substantial progress” in the current trade talks. “I am... View Article

US President Donald Trump has expressed optimism about reaching a deal with China in the current trade talks, and mooted the prospect of a meeting with President Xi Jinping later this month. Both parties are working to a 1 March deadline to strike a deal which would cool trade tensions and avert an escalation of... View Article

Ed Ratcliffe comments on Nissan developments and the impact of the Japan-EU FTA.

China has accused the US of having “strong political motives” in filing charges against Chinese telecoms giant Huawei. Yesterday, US Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker outlined a series of allegations against Huawei, including offences related to technology theft and confidentially violations. He also announced 13 new allegations “committed by Huawei, its CFO, its affiliate in... View Article

Elections in Thailand will take place on 24 March 2019, according to the country’s election commission. The announcement was made on Wednesday, hours after a royal decree instructed the commission to arrange an election, the Bangkok Post reports. The commission, which is required by law to set an election date within five days of the royal... View Article

China’s growth in 2018 slumped to its lowest level in 28 years, sparking fresh concerns about the health of the world’s second largest economy. According to new data released on Monday by the National Bureau of Statistics, GDP in Q4 of 2018 grew at the slowest pace since the global financial crisis, easing to 6.4... View Article