The Prime Minister is leading the largest ever trade delegation to China. But what value do these junkets really deliver?
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Saturday 27 February 2010
Friday 19 February 2010
Friday 19 February 2010
If President Obama intended to make a firm gesture by meeting the exiled Dalai Lama yesterday, it has to be said that it was a very tentative one.
Monday 15 February 2010
Thursday 04 February 2010
China has has accused the European Union of imposing illegal tariffs on leather shoes imported into the 27-country region in a complaint with the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The move follows the EU's controversial decision in December to extend for 15 months anti-dumping duties on Chinese and Vietnamese shoes from January.
Thursday 28 January 2010
In a dramatic set-piece address to the World Economic Forum, Nicolas Sarkozy called for radical financial and economic reform. He described the remuneration enjoyed by some bankers as "morally indefensible" and "will no longer be tolerated because they bear no relationship to merit".
Thursday 14 January 2010
Outlook There has been a degree of cynicism about Google's threat to withdraw from China, with the company's critics pointing out how little money the search engine makes there. Of Google's $22bn revenue last year, just $210m came from China, estimates the researcher Analysys International. With Google earning less than 1 per cent of its money in China, pulling out is no great blow, you might say, especially given the credit it will earn from the gesture in many other parts of the world.
Wednesday 06 January 2010
A US software maker is suing China and seven major computer makers on accusations of pirating its Cybersitter content filtering software.
Friday 27 November 2009
Outlook When Anthony Bolton speaks, it usually pays to listen. Quite literally, given the way Fidelity's Special Situations fund performed when he was in charge of it.
Tuesday 17 November 2009
President Obama's talks in China offer a precious opportunity to strengthen and recalibrate the world's most important bilateral relationship. Few dramatic public breakthroughs are likely as a result of his visit; his public urgings at his town hall-style meeting with students in Shanghai on human rights are unlikely to be any more successful than similar appeals by his predecessors in improving Beijing's dismal record in this field. But in his private session with President Hu Jintao, the stakes could hardly be higher.
Friday 13 November 2009
For the Chinese dissident poet Yang Lian, in transit since the repressions of 1989, Stoke Newington starts to become a truly "local" place "the fourth year you see the very last apple on the branch".
Wednesday 14 October 2009
The family of a mentally ill Briton facing the death penalty in China have appealed for his life to be spared.
Monday 12 October 2009
China has banned foreign investment into its lucrative online games industry in an effort to tighten control over its virtual worlds.
Monday 12 October 2009
Saturday 10 October 2009
US Outlook: Richard Fisher, head of the Federal Reserve's Dallas branch, calls the foreign exchange market a "manic depressive mechanism," and we just closed a particularly manic week. To listen to the hubbub from the trading desks, you would think we have passed into a new world economic order, with the dollar consigned to history as the dominant reserve currency. To all this, I just want to say: not so fast.
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