A Free Pass for China

After the WTO declared China’s rare-earth policies to be in violation of global trade rules...

Li Keqiang Visits Berlin Amid Trade Tensions

On his first foreign tour as Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang is in Berlin today, where he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Germany, China’s largest European trading partner, will be the premier’s only stop in an...

Huawei Threat: Real or Overblown?

Writing for Foreign Policy, activist Trevor Timm argues that the U.S. government’s report accusing Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE of threatening U.S. national security interests “smacks of economic...

U.S. Files W.T.O. Case against China

Amid the U.S. presidential campaign, the Obama administration has filed a W.T.O. case against China over automobile subsidies. From Keith Bradsher at The New York Times: The W.T.O. case accuses China of providing at least $1...

Foreign Companies Chafe at China’s Restrictions

The New York Times reports on new restrictions the Chinese government is placing on foreign companies operating in the country: China has filed more than a dozen trade cases to limit imports, imposed a series of “buy Chinese”...

China Seen Facing Protectionist Backlash Next Year

The EU Chamber of Commerce in China has announced that China may face a protectionist backlash because Chinese manufacturers, working at overcapacity, are dumping materials on the market: [Chamber president, Jörg Wuttke] was...

Drawing Fire, China Seeks to Dominate in Renewable Energy

The New York Times reports on a visit to China by Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to discuss climate change and on China’s efforts to dominate the market for renewable energy equipment:...

‘Buy China’ Policy Set to Raise Tensions

Jamil Anderlini reports for the Financial Times (registration required): China has introduced an explicit “Buy Chinese” policy as part of its economic stimulus programme in a move that will amplify tensions with trade partners...

China Suffers First Defeat at WTO

A case involving restrictions on the important of foreign-made car parts marks China’s first defeat in the World Trade Organization. From the BBC: Upholding a complaint from the European Union, Canada and US, the...

China Fund Warns Against Protectionism – Martin Arnold

From The Financial Times: The head of China’s new $200bn sovereign investment fund on Monday warned western governments against using “national security” as an excuse for protectionism, saying his fund would boycott such countries. Speaking at a dinner hosted by the Lord Mayor of London at Mansion House, Lou Jiwei, chairman of China Investment Corporation […]

How regionalism is holding back China – Wu Zhong

From Asia Times: China’s latest macroeconomic statistics are evidence that Beijing’s two-year-old belt-tightening policy has failed to achieve its goal of cooling down the overheated economy. The failure must be largely blamed on regional protectionism increasingly running wild across the country. For sure, regional protectionism or regionalism is by no means a new thing under […]



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