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A "slight relaxation" of the trade war that has raged between the United States and China for more than a year should benefit the global economy, according to Ben Powell, the Asia-Pacific chief investment strategist at the BlackRock Investment Institute.Powell said investors are expecting the world’s two biggest economies will reach some kind of deal, but are anticipating a "very narrow" one.
Apple is officially returning to the Las Vegas CES technology conference for the first time in decades to discuss its stance on consumer privacy – rather than pitch a new hardware product.The company’s senior director of privacy, Jane Horvath, will be speaking on a "Chief Privacy Officer Roundtable" on January 7, according to the CES agenda.Horvath, along with executives from Facebook, Procter & Gamble and a commissioner from the Federal Trade Commission, will discuss how companies build...
China’s skyscrapers are making headlines for snaring annual global awards during the nation’s economic boom. As the nation’s economic growth cools and vacancy rate soars, owners are starting to pay the price for their building frenzy and vanity.Nine super structures in the mainland were recognised among the best tall buildings by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, adding to the seven awards won last year. The Chicago-based council, which announced the results last week, will hand…
Half of British companies in China say doing business has become harder this year, citing a slowing economy, continued regulatory challenges and unfair treatment by the government, a new survey shows. Optimism about future business in China has declined since last year.Forty-eight per cent of UK companies in mainland China say business has become more difficult in 2019, compared to 31 per cent last year, according to the second annual survey by the British Chamber of Commerce in China released…
China’s efforts in artificial intelligence (AI) development are starting to pay off, with wider industrial applications set to be deployed, amid the protracted tech and trade war with the United States.Liu Qingfeng, the founder and chairman of iFlytek, highlighted that progress on Monday at a conference in Beijing, where he said AI advances were now entering a "critical stage" in the world’s second largest economy, without elaborating.His positive forecast at the event, the transcript of which...
Chinese smartphone brand Oppo is significantly boosting its research and development (R&D) expenditure over the next three years, after the commercial launch of the 5G network in China last month.The Shenzhen-based company will invest 50 billion yuan (US$7.1 billion) in R&D between 2020 and 2022, its founder and chief executive Tony Chen Yongming said in a speech at Oppo’s Inno Day event, its annual global technology convention, on Tuesday.
Hong Kong stocks dipped while China-listed shares edged up, amid another day of cautious trading on Tuesday as China and the US continue working on an initial trade deal.The Hang Seng Index dropped 0.2 per cent to 26,436.62. In China, markets reversed early losses and eked out small gains by the close. The Shanghai Composite Index ended 0.1 per cent, or 2.84 points, higher at 2,917.32. The Shenzhen Component Index added 0.4 per cent, while the ChiNext Index rose 0.8 per cent.“Pretty much…
International fashion brands are enjoying a boom in mainland China, where a government cut to consumption tax has led to a surge in sales and higher shop rental yields, according to a senior executive at a major retail landlord.Sales of some luxury brands have been growing up to four times faster in China than they have across the rest of the region, said Christina Hau Shun, assistant director and general manager for retail leasing and operations at Wharf China Estates, a wholly owned...
HNA Group’s sale of its majority stake in Swiss aircraft-maintenance firm SR Technics has attracted interest from companies including Airbus as well as the government of China’s Hainan province, according to people familiar with the matter.Other aircraft maintenance and repair organisations, known as MROs, have also expressed interest in acquiring SR Technics, the people said, asking not to be identified because the deliberations are private.
Two decades after Macau returned to Chinese rule, a shift that catalysed its emergence as the world’s biggest gambling hub, casinos are facing serious obstacles to their future growth.Macau casinos are poised for the first decline in annual gaming revenue since 2016, and next year may not be much better as China’s economy slows and rising Asian hotspots such as Vietnam lure high rollers.
Executives from Amazon and Microsoft criticised their Silicon Valley peers for allegedly failing to supply the most advanced technology to the military, arguing closer collaboration is needed to sustain US dominance over autocratic foreign governments.In comments last weekend at the Reagan National Defense Forum, an annual summit attended by top defence officials and their industry counterparts, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Microsoft President Brad Smith pledged to support the Pentagon even in...
Postal Savings Bank of China (PSBC), the mainland’s biggest bank by number of branches, got off to a weak start as its shares gained by less than 2 per cent at the Shanghai Stock Exchange on Tuesday.Its shares opened at 5.60 yuan (US$0.80, or 1.8 per cent higher than the initial public offering price of 5.50 yuan.The biggest IPO in China since 2010 has been surrounded by suspicions about its trading debut, with bearish investors expecting its shares to fall below the offering price, a rare...
In one of the most prescient analyses of the challenges confronting global policymakers, Mohamed El-Erian, an economist, investor and currently chief economic adviser at Allianz, warned in 2016 that the world economy was hurtling towards a T-junction.It was reaching the end of the road of over-reliance on central banks’ policies – which El-Erian aptly described as "the only game in town" – to treat the ills of the global economy.The right road out of the T-junction would require a policy pivot,...
This year has been one of the worst on record for the global shipbuilding industry as order books have halved in value, causing pain to companies in China, South Korea and Japan, which account for more than 90 per cent of the market.Clarksons Research, the world’s leading provider of data for the shipping and shipbuilding industries, estimated that the global order book had fallen by 54 per cent by mid year, noting they were "touching historic lows" and that "limited new capacity can be...
As we move closer to a deadline for new US tariffs on Chinese goods, it promises to be another day of wait-and-see in the Hong Kong and China markets. Even though Bloomberg has reported US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue as saying Washington was unlikely to impose extra tariffs on another US$160 billion of Chinese goods on December 15, the prevailing sentiment of caution is not expected to lift any time soon. On the domestic front, all eyes will be on the trading debut of Postal Savings…
Hong Kong stocks are likely to underperform their China-listed peers in 2020 as political uncertainties continue to weigh on the local economy and sap investors’ confidence, analysts say.The Hang Seng Index has gained 2.5 per cent so far this year while a gauge tracking the biggest companies listed in Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges rose 29.4 per cent.
In February, police in Fremont, California, used a DJI Technology drone equipped with a thermal imaging camera to locate an emotionally troubled boy who had gone missing at night. After running away from school, the deaf teenager hid in a field where the drone found him, and helped return him to safety.DJI, the drone manufacturer based in the south China city of Shenzhen, hopes stories like this one will blunt mounting suspicions, increasingly restrictive regulations and other collateral damage…
There has been much focus on the pitfalls of the US-China trade war, yet the threat of increasing trade tensions between the US and Europe could be a bigger potential worry for global markets.Forget US President Donald Trump’s headline-grabbing threat to slap 100 per cent tariffs on champagne, cheese and French luxury handbags in retaliation for France’s digital services tax that is expected to affect US tech giants such as Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon.If the US and Europe go head to head...
China’s car market remains mired in a downward spiral as sales dropped for a fourth consecutive month in November amid a slowing economy.A total of 1.97 million sedans, SUVs, minivans and multipurpose vehicles were sold in November, 4.2 per cent lower year on year, the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) said on Monday.

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