China’s record US trade surplus leaves Trump trumped

The US president will hate the figures after saying he is getting 'much tougher' on the world's second largest economy By Gordon Watts   Whichever way you look at it, the latest trade figures from China will make uncomfortable bedtime reading for Donald Trump. In yuan or dollar terms, the numbers are dripping with red … Continue reading China’s record US trade surplus leaves Trump trumped

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Beijing floats IPO plan to help turn ‘Silk Road’ dream into reality

Projected to cost $1 trillion, the colossal Belt and Road Initiative has dragged in Chinese companies that could now turn to Hong Kong for funding By Gordon Watts   When it comes to twists and turns, China’s grandiose Silk Road project is starting to resemble a theme park rollercoaster. In the latest development, Beijing is … Continue reading Beijing floats IPO plan to help turn ‘Silk Road’ dream into reality

Australia’s hard choice between China and US

Canberra has always deftly balanced between Beijing and Washington but it may soon need to choose one over the other By Lachlan Colquhoun   Australia has always believed that it doesn’t have to choose between its economic relationship with China and its defense alliance with the United States. But 2018 is already shaping up to … Continue reading Australia’s hard choice between China and US

Demonizing China will not deter its rise – or improve America’s

By Ken Moak America’s apparent policy failures and declining global influence could trigger more intense criticism against China, blaming it for everything under he sun. The first sign of this is US President Donald Trump accusing China of breaching United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions against North Korea with the flimsiest of evidence. Second, the … Continue reading Demonizing China will not deter its rise – or improve America’s

Global Shortage of Key Resource Could Doom Key Asian Infrastructure Projects

In the city of Kampot in southern Cambodia, the extraction of sand from an estuary on the Praek Tuek Chhu river is increasing and sand extraction is so common in Asia currently that the continent may deplete all of its sand in the not-too-distant future.   A 2016 investigation revealed that Singapore imported some $752 … Continue reading Global Shortage of Key Resource Could Doom Key Asian Infrastructure Projects