Trade war

Huawei in US-China trade war crossfire

The United States (US) crackdown on Huawei has made the Chinese telecommunications giant the flashpoint in a monumental economic and technological showdown between the two superpowers that is testing allies of both.

17 May 2019

Will Trump target Indonesia next?

Indonesia is worried about being targeted by Donald Trump in a wider protectionist push, as trade tensions between the United States (US) and China continue to escalate, a senior minister said.

15 May 2019

Trump to hit China with more tariffs

The United States (US) prepared to hit China with new tariffs even as President Donald Trump said he’ll meet his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, at next month’s Group of 20 (G-20) summit, an encounter that could prove pivotal in a deepening clash over trade.

14 May 2019

Stocks climb in Asia on tariff deadline day

Asian shares climbed and United States (US) equity futures fluctuated as investors prepared for news on pivotal US-China trade talks, with tariff hikes set to kick in today. The yuan remains near its weakest since January.

10 May 2019

Trump says China 'broke' trade deal

President Donald Trump declared China’s leaders “broke the deal” he was negotiating with them on trade, ratcheting up his rhetoric ahead of fresh negotiations that were already clouded by imminent tariff increases and China’s threats of retaliation.

9 May 2019

Labour rights abuse on the rise

Labour rights violations in ASEAN are among the negative effects of an increase in production due to the ongoing United States (US)-China trade war which has resulted in a shift of some production from China to this part of the world. While the region is embarking on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, numerous industries in ASEAN still rely on labour-intensive factories.

6 May 2019

China's Belt and Road gets a makeover

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s grand Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is getting a makeover to tone down government rhetoric and tighten oversight, after allegations of corruption and a lack of sustainability dogged some of its highest-profile projects.

23 April 2019

The trade war isn't over

The world’s two largest economies are nearing the finish line on a trade deal that could be signed by President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping as early as this month. But that doesn’t mean the trade war ends.

6 March 2019

South Korea’s pivot to ASEAN

If anything is clear from the ASEAN Summit and the East Asian Summit held in Singapore last November is that Southeast Asia is now hot property. The heads of state that attended the summit says it all, from Russia’s Vladimir Putin to Japan’s Shinzo Abe – everyone is realising the geostrategic importance

24 February 2019

How manufacturing is driving growth in the region

The manufacturing sector has been one of ASEAN’s key economic growth drivers. Already, the region is a global manufacturing hub and is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.6 percent between 2016 to 2020.

18 February 2019