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  • WTO faults US over Trump’s China tariffs

    The World Trade Organization on Tuesday upheld a complaint by China over additional duties slapped by the Trump administration on some $250 billion worth of Chinese goods, sparking outrage in Washington. A panel of experts set up by WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body ruled the tariffs…
  • Xi loses a friend as US envoy’s term cut short

    Washington’s top representative in Beijing is packing to leave as the world’s most important relationship hits a new low and needs an “old China hand” more than ever to stop tensions from spiraling out of control. Terry Branstad, who is seeing out the final weeks…
  • US-China tensions rooted in deep, long-term shift

    The recent decline in US-China relations has many contributing factors that arise from the domestic politics of both countries.  The single most important trigger, however, is a key structural change: China becoming nearly as strong an economic and military power as the US.  The growth…
  • Double whammy tanks pricey HK property

    Hong Kong’s realty industry is grappling with a double whammy, with Covid-19 travel restrictions and quarantines keeping out non-local buyers who traditionally prop up the high-end sector and the deterioration of ties between Beijing and Washington dampening market sentiment.  On Thursday, a big-ticket transaction involving…
  • Everything going according to plan in China

    Let’s start with the story of an incredibly disappearing summit.  Every August the Chinese Communist Party’s leadership converges upon the town of Beidaihe, a seaside resort two hours away from Beijing, to discuss serious policies that then coalesce into key planning strategies to be approved…