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

The UK government’s defeat in Tuesday’s vote on its Brexit deal has captured global attention. In Asia, the outcome met with a mixed reaction. Markets were ‘subdued’ in response to the vote, The Straits Times reports, without significant volatility. This is perhaps due to the fact that – as long as Prime Minister Theresa May... View Article

The UK and Japan have “committed” to bringing a new free trade agreement into force next year, the Department for International Trade has announced. In a statement issued after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Downing Street yesterday, DIT announced that the countries are working towards having an FTA in place by December 2020.... View Article

Global markets have reacted positively to the latest round of trade talks between China and the US, Reuters reports. Stocks in Asia, Europe and the US rose upon news that negotiations had been extended into an unscheduled third day, suggesting progress has been made in breaking the recent impasse. US Under Secretary of Agriculture for... View Article

Talks have resumed between China and the US as both sides try to find a resolution to the ongoing trade war. An American delegation led by Deputy US Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish is in Beijing for two days of talks, and the early signs suggest they have had a positive start. According to CNBC, China... View Article