1st March 2017
Still unclear who’s coming to jilted TPP partners’ future planning meeting in Chile
It remains unclear which countries are attending the meeting called for March 14-15 in Viña del Mar, Chile, to discuss options for trade co-operation after US withdrawal from the TPP. The...
17th November 2016
Trade with China. Triumph of hope over experience?
The British Brexit debate, and the aftermath of Trump's election, are bringing out widely contrasting views of China as a business partner. Some are hopelessly naive. British hope One of...
20th August 2016
Why voters don’t want any more global supply chains
I spent the first six months of 2016 campaigning in Britain against Brexit. Not once did I hear a Brexit supporter attack global integration. Scarcely anyone in Britain opposes global...
11th March 2015
China gets excited about free trade agreements
China will accelerate talks over free trade areas, said its Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng on March 8. The country will "will accelerate talks over free trade areas with Japan and...
17th November 2014
Grandiose trade deals: the puzzling case of the ignored Apparel Periphery
China's November 11 call for a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) seems to add yet another grandiose trade plan doomed for oblivion to a puzzling set of projects which...
29th November 2013
New trade pacts “create risks”: Luen Thai
Uncertainties over new trade pacts are likely to rein in come Chinese businesses' overseas production moves, said Luen Thai's CFO, Sunny Tan, in mid-November Tan is a committee member at the...
10th October 2013
Pacific trade statements need serious decoding
Participants at recent Pacific trade talks issued highly reassuring statements. But their words mask a very different reality - and one attacked by major garment retailers The 21 member countries...