President Xi Jinping struck a defiant tone in his speech today, marking 40 years since China opened-up its economy. Speaking to party officials, military personnel and businesspeople, President Xi said China’s current policy agenda will not change course, despite growing pressure from the international community and the US in particular to speed up reforms. “No... View Article

It’s been a busy day in China-US relations, with Beijing announcing that it was temporarily slashing tariffs on American autos and news breaking of another major Chinese purchase of US soybeans – the second in a week. China’s Ministry of Finance said it was removing additional tariffs on US auto imports for three months from... View Article

Global markets have responded positively to the news that senior negotiators from China and the US are in discussions about renewing trade talks, the Financial Times reports. According to a statement by China’s Commerce Ministry, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He have spoken on the phone about the promotion of... View Article

The arrest and likely extradition to the US of Meng Wanzhou, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies, has sparked fears of further deterioration in US-China relations and the prospect of a new ‘tech war’. Meng, who is the daughter of Huawei company founder Ren Zhengfei and deputy chair of Huawei’s board,... View Article

Asian markets rose on Monday following news of a truce in the US-China trade war. US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping struck a deal during their highly anticipated meeting at the G20 on Friday, with both sides agreeing to suspend hostilities for a 90 day period to allow for more dialogue, the... View Article

US President Donald Trump has issued new threats to place tariffs on the remaining $267 billion of Chinese imports not yet subject to duties, Wall Street Journal reports. The latest development in the trade war comes ahead of the high-stakes meeting between President Trump and his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping, scheduled for the G20... View Article

Chinese President Xi Jinping is visiting several countries in an effort to further integrate China into the global economy. This week China and the Philippines agreed to upgrade their bilateral ties, which included a signed memorandum of understanding to jointly advance the Belt and Road construction, Xinhua reports. Seen as a new chapter in China-Philippines relations,... View Article

The 33rd Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits concluded last week with reaffirmed commitments to regional economic integration and multilateralism worldwide, Channel News Asia reports. This commitment was reflected in various key side-events at the Summit, including the ASEAN-China Summit. Xinhua reported that the two sides vowed to intensify efforts... View Article

The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit ended in discord yesterday, with the group failing to issue a joint declaration for the first time in its history. The failure to reach a consensus highlights the unprecedented strain on the global trade order, with US-China tensions at the crux of the impasse, Reuters reports. It is... View Article

Singapore and China signed 11 agreements on Monday 12 November, including an upgraded China-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (CSFTA), the Straits Times reported. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong witnessed the signing of the upgraded FTA and 10 other Memorandums of Agreement. The expanded FTA, which has taken three years of discussion... View Article