Ben Chu

Ben Chu is The Independent's Economics Editor. Previously he was the newspaper's chief leader writer.

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Economists do not predict the future, and can't explain the past

The financial crisis surprised the 'experts'. Now they can't agree on the reasons for the recovery

British GDP growth beats rest of G7 in the second quarter of 2014

The UK economy grew slightly more strongly than expected in the second quarter of the year, emphasising the gulf between Britain and the struggling eurozone.

Eurozone growth ‘breaks down’ as pressure on ECB ratchets up

Poor data ignites calls for the ECB to take serious action to bolster growth across the bloc and head off the risk of deflation

Indo-Chinese colonial troops during the First World War

Call for first memorial to Chinese in Great War

Efforts to commemorate and raise awareness of the role of Chinese who aided Britain during the First World War were launched today.

The black cloud hanging over Britain’s impressive economic recovery? Weak productivity

The Bank slashed its 2014 productivity growth forecast to just 0.25 per cent

Peter Humphrey, the investigator hired by GlaxoSmith-Kline to investigate bribery allegations in China, has been jailed for two and a half years for breaching privacy laws

Drugs and sex and closed legal proceedings

Outlook What price do corporations place on a transparent justice system? The Shanghai trial of the private investigator Peter Humphrey – hired by GlaxoSmithKline to investigate an apparently malicious leak of a sex tape by someone in the drug giant’s China operations – should send a cold feeling down the spines of foreign investors.

Asset managers know better where AIA is concerned

Outlook Fans of Vic Reeves Big Night Out will recall the catchphrase: “You wouldn’t let it lie.” One person who refuses to let it lie is the chief executive of the insurance giant Prudential, Tidjane Thiam. Yesterday he was complaining about the fact that his bid to acquire AIA, the Asian arm of the bust American insurer AIG, in 2010 was scuppered.

George Osborne

Britain's trade headache could be about to get worse

The latest trade figures are pretty abysmal. The trade in goods deficit in June rose to £9.4bn, up from £9.2bn in May.

Trade decline hits hopes of economic rebalancing

Hopes of a balanced economic recovery were dealt a blow yesterday as the trade deficit for goods jumped to £9.4bn in June from £9.2bn in May. The news was an unwelcome surprise to analysts, who had expected the gap to shrink  to £8.8bn.

The Emperor Far Away: Travels at the Edge of China by David Eimer, book review

Thousands of miles from Beijing, China reveals itself as far from homogenous
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