Asian economy

Asia's RCEP: free trade without the red tape
Vietnam's PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc & Minister of Industry Tran Tuan Anh
Global Economy

Asia's RCEP: free trade without the red tape

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), Asia's new trading block, shows that it is possible to create large single markets without making …
22 Nov 2020
RCEP: what the world’s biggest free-trade deal means for your money
Container ship at Qingdao port in China
Global Economy

RCEP: what the world’s biggest free-trade deal means for your money

The “Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership” (RCEP), a free-trade deal recently signed by China and 14 other nations, encompasses 30% of the glob…
19 Nov 2020
How Thailand became Asia’s toothless tiger
Rairay beach, Thailand
Emerging markets

How Thailand became Asia’s toothless tiger

Thailand was once an economic tiger that rocked world markets. Not any more, with tourism decimated but the pandemic and GDP set to shrink by around 7…
30 Oct 2020
China’s V-shaped stockmarket bounce
Shoppers in Beijing
China stockmarkets

China’s V-shaped stockmarket bounce

China's economy contracted sharply in the first three months of 2020, but it has since staged a V-shaped comeback, with the CSI 300 index up more than…
23 Oct 2020
China’s stockmarket bounces as the economic recovery quickens
Tourists on the Great Wall of China © Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
China stockmarkets

China’s stockmarket bounces as the economic recovery quickens

China’s strong economic recovery has propelled local stockmarkets higher, with the CSI 300 index up 12% for the year-to-date.
9 Oct 2020
China’s bulls stampede as recovery gathers strength
China stockmarkets

China’s bulls stampede as recovery gathers strength

China's benchmark CSI 300 stockmarket index has gained 12% so far this year and is up by 32% since 23 March as the country's industrial and consumer r…
21 Sep 2020
China adds shine to base metals
Industrial metals

China adds shine to base metals

Metals prices have rallied hard after China's government unveiling plans for new infrastructure building, including railways, power lines and electric…
28 Aug 2020
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Equity investors ignore US-China split at their peril
Stockmarkets

Equity investors ignore US-China split at their peril

Washington and Beijing’s troubled relationship has taken a turn for the worse recently, but markets have become strangely blasé about the situation.
21 Aug 2020
Guru watch: buy gold ahead of China's big currency move
Gold

Guru watch: buy gold ahead of China's big currency move

China has steadily been building “a renminbi-based international payments system", says Charles Gave, founding partner and chairman of Gavekal.
27 Jul 2020
China leads the global economic recovery
Chinese economy

China leads the global economic recovery

China's economic recovery is now well under way, after a 6.8% fall in GDP in the first three months of the year.
22 Jul 2020
Singapore's economy will bounce back
Asian economy

Singapore's economy will bounce back

Singapore has been battered by the collapse of global trade, and its main stockmarket index has lost a fifth this year. But analysts are feeling posit…
17 Jul 2020
India's stockmarket rally runs out of steam
Emerging markets

India's stockmarket rally runs out of steam

India's BSE Sensex index fell early this week, and the country's economic outlook is shaky.
17 Jul 2020
China’s stockmarket melt-up will end in tears
China stockmarkets

China’s stockmarket melt-up will end in tears

China's stockmarkets are up by 13% so far this year, but the rally could end in a brutal crash.
10 Jul 2020
The tug of war over Hong Kong
China's economy

The tug of war over Hong Kong

China’s move to take more control over Hong Kong could lead to deeper civil unrest and imperil its role as a global financial centre.
13 Jun 2020
Chinese stocks are set for a bumpy ride
China stockmarkets

Chinese stocks are set for a bumpy ride

Chinese stocks have held up well during the pandemic, but the recovery has been uneven.
12 Jun 2020
US-China tension mounts
Stockmarkets

US-China tension mounts

Could a resumption of the US-China trade war sink the stockmarket?
5 Jun 2020
Can Hong Kong survive as a financial hub?
Emerging markets

Can Hong Kong survive as a financial hub?

As Beijing tightens the screws on Hong Kong, many fear the death of the territory's autonomy – and of its status as a global financial hub.
28 May 2020
More mammoth stimulus in Japan
Japan stockmarkets

More mammoth stimulus in Japan

Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has unveiled a mammoth stimulus plan worth 20% of GDP. 
9 Apr 2020
China’s economy to shrink for the first time since 1976
China's economy

China’s economy to shrink for the first time since 1976

China may now be on course for its first quarterly contraction since 1976, with Goldman Sachs predicting a 9% plunge in first-quarter economic activit…
20 Mar 2020
South Korea’s economic emergency
Asian economy

South Korea’s economic emergency

South Korea, already ailing because of the US-China trade war, is facing an "economic emergency"
27 Feb 2020
Is China heading for a secret recession?
China's economy

Is China heading for a secret recession?

The shutdown sparked by the coronavirus outbreak could put China at risk of a “secret recession”.
25 Feb 2020
Thailand's already fragile economy threatened by coronavirus
Emerging markets

Thailand's already fragile economy threatened by coronavirus

Thailand was already suffering from effects of the US-China trade war and its worst drought in decades; now the coronavirus threatens to damage its to…
23 Feb 2020