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The tug of war over Hong Kong
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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
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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
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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?
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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
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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
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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

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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
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Has Hong Kong become a failed state?
China's economy

Has Hong Kong become a failed state?

Hong Kong cannot protect its citizens, provide basic services or command the trust of its people, and it is failing to provide the safety and stabilit…
14 Feb 2020
Investors eye up a new round of Chinese stimulus
China's economy

Investors eye up a new round of Chinese stimulus

Chinese policymakers have announced new stimulus measures to contain the fallout from the coronavirus. Asset managers are already positioning themselv…
6 Feb 2020
China's feverish stockmarket weighs the cost of the coronavirus
China stockmarkets

China's feverish stockmarket weighs the cost of the coronavirus

China’s stockmarket fell by 8% in one day – the biggest daily fall in more than four years. But investors shouldn't panic.
6 Feb 2020
The coronavirus makes China’s economic balancing act even harder
China's economy

The coronavirus makes China’s economic balancing act even harder

2020 should be the year when China straightens out its heavily indebted economy. But the coronavirus could throw a spanner in that plan, says John Ste…
6 Feb 2020
India’s drive for economic reform weakens
Emerging markets

India’s drive for economic reform weakens

India's government is neglecting economic reform in favour of pushing nationalist policies
5 Feb 2020
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Is coronavirus panic reaching a peak yet?
Stockmarkets

Is coronavirus panic reaching a peak yet?

As the coronavirus scare continues, John Stepek asks if the markets’ panic has been too extreme, and looks at the possibilities for investors.
3 Feb 2020
US-China trade truce boosts stockmarkets – for now
Stockmarkets

US-China trade truce boosts stockmarkets – for now

Markets brightened up after China agreed to import more from the US and America greed to lower some tariffs on Chinese goods. But the trade war is far…
27 Jan 2020
The coronavirus is scary – but it's irrelevant to your investments
Investment strategy

The coronavirus is scary – but it's irrelevant to your investments

The spread of the coronavirus is causing alarm around the world. And, while it could be a serious short-term threat to human health, it’s not somethin…
24 Jan 2020
Will this year bring any cheer for China's markets?
China stockmarkets

Will this year bring any cheer for China's markets?

China's double-digit growth rates of previous decades are long gone. Will the weakness continue?
17 Jan 2020
China’s maturing corporate bond market
China's economy

China’s maturing corporate bond market

Chinese companies are defaulting on their debt in record numbers. And the trouble could spread to state-owned enterprises.
20 Dec 2019
Yet more fiscal stimulus announced in Japan
Economy

Yet more fiscal stimulus announced in Japan

Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe has announced a ¥13.2trn fiscal package to repair damage caused by October’s Typhoon, put new digital technology int…
12 Dec 2019
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Cracks spread in China's fragile economy
Economy

Cracks spread in China's fragile economy

China's annual economic growth is forecast to dip below 6% in the final quarter of this year and continue to fall into 2020 thanks to weaker exports a…
6 Dec 2019
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29 Nov 2019
Taiwan bucks east Asia's regional trend
Economy

Taiwan bucks east Asia's regional trend

Taiwan's economy is bucking the regional slowdown, growing the fastest pace since early 2018 and in stark contrast to weakness elsewhere in east Asia.
28 Nov 2019