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7th February 2017

US 2016 apparel imports fall in spite of year-end spurt. Price falls accelerated

US apparel imports (in square metres) grew 3.4% in December 2016 over December 2015, though falls in the previous six months a 2016 annual fall of 1.1%. Average prices per square metre...

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7th February 2017

Germany accepts “two speed” EU as French nationalists call for EU membership referendum

The EU appears to be accepting greater political variation between its members, as the leading candidate in the French Presidential elections announced her policy of calling a referendum on EU...

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4th February 2017

UK government White Paper gives broad Brexit issues outline

On February 2, the UK government issued a White Paper (WP) claiming to outline its Brexit plans. Light on detail, the WP is a useful checklist of the issues the...

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4th February 2017

First details emerge of probable NAFTA and Border Tax legislation – but where’s China?

US Congressional Republican leaders made their pitch on February 1 and 2 for handling NAFTA renegotiation and border taxes. Trump’s earlier China commitments seem to have disappeared. NAFTA renegotiation Donald...

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31st January 2017

Jilted TPP partners divided over response

The eleven countries abandoned by the US when it left the Trans Pacific Partnership on January 23 appear seriously divided about what to do next. Beijing continues to suggest their...

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15th January 2017

Trump abandons China “currency manipulation” promise

Donald Trump announced on January 14 his abandonment of a central campaign pledge about China. On October 22, he promised that on his first day in office he would instruct...

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11th January 2017

Chinese apparel making costs duck national trend as US prices tumble

Though the world’s business press reported in mid-January that Chinese manufacturing costs grew sharply in December 2016, costs for Chinese apparel and textile makers grew far less. In November 2016...

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20th December 2016

China-Korea trade collapses after a year’s “free trading”

Korean exports to China fell 10.9% in the first year of a free trade deal between the two countries. Chinese exports to Korea fell just 4.8%.  The graph prepared from...

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9th December 2016

Trump sourcing plans shot down by his own team

Crucial sourcing commitments by President-Elect Donald Trump came under fire from his own side in early December. At the end of October, Donald Trump made 29 commitments about his immediate...

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1st December 2016

Trump Treasury nominee casts doubt on Trump’s China policy

Steven Mnuchin, Donald Trump's nominee as Secretary of the US Treasury, expressed disagreement with Trump's promised China trade policy immediately after his  nomination announcement. The nominations of Mnuchin, formerly a Goldman...

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22nd November 2016

Trumps confirms TPP withdrawal – but silent on renegotiating NAFTA or branding China a “currency manipulator”

A November 21 video by Donald Trump seems to be backtracking on trade commitments made just four weeks earlier. We have now republished Trump's October 22 plan, and will update...

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17th November 2016

US Congressional committee claims China “violates the spirit and the letter of its international trade obligations”

A US Congressional committee prepared a report before the November 8 elections savagely attacking China's good faith as a trading partner. The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (composed only of...

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