Tracking: Rare Earth, Trade & Tensions

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

This story (see original post below) continues to twist and turn (like a twisty, turny thing*), so we have continued to update it with the latest news…(Updated 17/02/11) • RT @newschina: China rare earth companies to form association more profits for CN companies higher rare earth prices… • Stockpiles RT @InfoseekChina: China Moves to […]

Protectionist Duty?

Friday, February 26th, 2010

China, the US and the EU are all involved in trade disputes (and the odd protectionist thought). One suspects political as well as economic drivers. But let’s hope it does not run off the rails and end in another nasty crash… While they are nothing new (see here), protectionist tensions are never far below the […]

China The Biggest…Double Bill Edition (Autos & Exports)

Monday, January 25th, 2010

We have seen a lot of China as the biggest in may areas, recently in gold. It has also been pushing for the top exporter (as reported here). Now it has hit the top spot on autos and exports: – Autos…China is big, and bits of it are getting ever bigger…- China the biggest… RT […]

Harsh Words & Economic Strains

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

As the Chinese economy joins the general global gloom, trade tensions have been rising. The Washinton Post notes that: “U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner accused China of “manipulating” its currency …The U.S. Trade Representative’s office, in a harshly worded and wide-ranging complaint to the World Trade Organization in December, alleged that China uses cash […]

A Silver (Trade) Lining on the (Economic) Cloud

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

It may be little comfort to our friends in the US, but the latest trade data, reported by Bloomberg, shows that : “The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in November by the most in 12 years as tumbling oil prices and slumping consumer spending cut imports. The gap shrank 29 percent, more than forecast, to $40.4 […]

Crunch Watch China

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Heavy economic news from Reuters: “Goldman Sachs on Thursday cut its growth forecast for China next year to 6 percent, the lowest prediction from any major bank, after a batch of extremely weak trade data across Asia. Goldman Sachs said China could stage a powerful revival in 2010, recovering to grow at 9 percent provided […]