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Globalization

GLOBALIZATION – World Trade

In his excellent recent works on the themes [of the] nature of globalization and expanding world trade – “The World is Flat,” and the earlier “The Lexus and the Olive Tree” – The New York Times Foreign Affairs columnist and book author Thomas Friedman brilliantly describes and elegantly frames the boundaries and frontiers of the new era that corporations and capital market players have entered, beginning in 1989. 

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News & Updates

July 10, 2020 Sustainable palm oil seeks breakthrough in China

Source: China Dialogue

How can China, the world’s second largest importer of palm oil, build a sustainable supply chain for this controversial product?

July 9, 2020 Germany's Merkel says EU must prepare for no-deal Brexit

Source: Reuters

BRUSSELS - Germany will continue to push to seal a new partnership agreement with Britain by the end of the year, but the European Union should also prepare for an abrupt split from 2021, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on...

June 29, 2020 Brexit: Where are we now? -- video

Source: BBC

It's been a quiet few months, but behind closed doors (and on zoom) Brexit hasn't gone away. Talks between the EU and the UK have continued through the pandemic, and are about to get a lot busier this summer. The BBC's Jonathan...

Research & Insights

December 6, 2019 Visualized: Ranking the Goods Most Traded Between the U.S. and China

Source: Visual Capitalist

Today’s infographic from HowMuch.net charts the top imports and exports between the U.S. and China, pulled from the Observatory of Economic Complexity’s (OEC) global market data for 2017.

June 20, 2019 China’s economic census uncovers more fake data as officials promise ‘zero tolerance’ to data manipulation

Source: South China Morning Post

Officials in the central Chinese city of Guanghan have been found to have gone to extraordinary lengths to manipulate raw data to obscure the real picture of the health of the economy, according to the National Bureau of...

June 10, 2019 Markets can cheer: China appears to finally be addressing its US trade surplus

Source: CNBC

Indeed, the signal is clear that China has decided to operate a radical change in its U.S. trade. Taken at an annual rate, China’s trade surplus with the U.S. in the January-April interval would be 23.5% below China’s surplus for...

Commentary & Opinion

February 28, 2020 Editorial: The Guardian view on UK-EU talks: bluster can’t conceal brutal reality

Source: The Guardian

If Brexit is any guide Boris Johnson will yield in the endgame to the EU but will be too busy taking a victory lap to spell out the concessions he has made

February 19, 2020 The Guardian view on Europe after Brexit: unity is strength - Editorial

Source: The Guardian

These are strange and somewhat disorientating times for the European Union. A multipolar world in which China’s influence grows, and Donald Trump’s United States is at best an erratic ally, has created new dilemmas and dangers.

January 2, 2020 How the US trade war brings out China’s best hopes and worst fears for its economy

Source: South China Morning Post

China’s trade and tariff war with the US is its biggest economic threat, with growth now expected to slip below the psychologically important 6 per cent figure


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