Category Archives: politics

Next in the trade war, the consumers? – Shaun Rein/Victor Shih

China has been reluctantly been shooting back with tariffs at US imports up to now in the Donald Trump trade war. It might be even more reluctant to use the powerful tool of its consumers in the trade war, says political analyst Victor Shih in the Financial Post. But it could, and Apple and Starbucks should prepare, says business analyst Shaun Rein on Fox News.

China trade, investments to Eastern Europe still lagging – Sara Hsu

Eyes were on Sofia, Bulgaria, last week, as China’s prime minister Li Keqiang tries to improve relations with Eastern Europe. Economist Sara Hsu puts Li’s efforts into perspective as both trade and investments between China and Eastern Europe have been stagnant, compared to other countries in the One-Belt, One-Road initiative, she tells at CGTN. Also: the contagious relations with the EU.

Real fallout of trade war can still be avoided – Wang Haiyan

First shots have been fired on tariffs in the trade war between the US and China, but the impact has been limited up to now, tells economist Wang Haiyan to CGTN, as the affected numbers are still relatively small. Escalating the effects can be avoided, but to need a compromise by the end of the summer, she says.

How China might use casino’s in the trade war – Shaun Rein

China has many tools to retaliate in the trade war against the US than only putting tariffs on commodities. The lucrative US casinos might a one, says business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order, in Forbes. 

How a government critic got a WeChat account – Ian Johnson

Journalist Ian Johnson, author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, interviewed the sociologist Guo Yuhua, a known critic of the government. One jewel in the interview on how she was able to open an account on WeChat, despite the governmental censorship, for the NY Review of Books.

Why threatening China on trade does not make sense – Sara Hsu

The US administration, followed by retaliation from Beijing, is heading for a full-scale trade war. Financial analyst Sara Hsu explains why threatening China is only going to make the fallout worse, not better, as the White House seems to be clueless about how China will react.

Retaliatory action in the trade war – Sara Hsu

Financial analyst Sara Hsu discusses retaliatory trade action in the trade war between China and the US at Cross Talk on RT. Russia and Brazil are ready to fill in the gaps the US might leave in supplies for China.

Why China will not sell off its US treasuries – Arthur Kroeber

More than once selling US bonds in the hands of China has been suggested as a powerful tool in the trade war with the US. But selling those treasuries does not make sense, says economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know® in the South China Morning Post.

Why the WTO has to rethink China’s position – Harry Broadman

China’s accession into the World Trade Organization (WTO) was hailed as an important step of the now second-largest economy into the global trade community. But those illusions are over, says trade expert Harry Broadman to Gulfnews. “China has forfeited its right to be treated as a WTO market economy.”

China’s policy repositioning of its automotive industry – Mark Schaub

China has not only been leading the way to develop self-driving cars, it has also been are the forefront of legal changes needed to allow those cars into society. The Shanghai-based lawyer Mark Schaub gives an overview of the new regulations the government has been introducing at the China Law Insight.