After trade deal, demographic and economic challenges await Beijing

Gross domestic product (GDP) growth was 6.1 per cent in 2019, a year in which the Chinese economy was hammered by US tariffs Some 14.65 million babies were born in China last year, down from 15.23 million in 2018, and…

China to curb farming near rivers in push to reverse water pollution

Beijing planning to restrict farming that encroaches on major rivers, restore wetlands and ecosystems, and tackle excess water consumption, environment ministry official says China is in the middle of a campaign to restore the environment of the Yangtze River, which…

China warns US after warship passes through Taiwan Strait

Guided-missile cruiser headed north through the strategic waterway in a show of ‘the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific’ It follows President Tsai Ing-wen’s landslide victory last weekend, after she campaigned on administration’s ‘record high’ relations with Washington…

politico | EU to review US-China trade deal for any WTO challenge

Pact appears to contain ‘managed trade’ provisions that would favour sales of Boeing aircraft to China at the expense of Airbus, Hogan agrees EU not ‘trigger happy’ about taking cases to WTO, but will ‘stand up for our own economic…

After the pomp of trade deal signing, China and US face tough reality

US and Chinese camps send differing signals over prospect of a phase two deal, while many wonder if China can keep to its phase one commitments After trade deal, average US tariffs on Chinese goods will 19 per cent compared…

Mikhail who? Putin’s pick for Russia PM is a political nobody

Mikhail Mishustin, the man likely to be Russia’s next prime minister, is a little-known figure to the wider public Move prompted speculation that Putin could be eyeing a return to the premiership after his current term ends When Vladimir Putin…

China’s Liu warns against ‘impatiently launching’ into phase two trade talks

Vice-Premier Liu He has told Chinese media it would be foolish to chase a phase two trade deal with the United States when the ink on phase one is not yet dry Liu’s comments diverged from those of US President…

Four Senate Republicans could prevent Trump’s rapid acquittal

Republicans control the Senate chamber, 53-47, and are all but certain to acquit Donald Trump But it takes just 51 votes during the trial to approve rules or call witnesses, potentially stretching trial out The managers chosen to prosecute the…

‘Alarming texts’ suggest US ambassador was tracked before Trump fired her

Text messages appear to suggest a Trump donor was monitoring movements of the former US ambassador to Ukraine Democrats vow to investigate texts as they sent articles of impeachment to the Senate for Trump’s trial A top Democrat in Congress…

Lawsuit: Epstein abused young girls on private island as recently as 2019

Lawsuit seeks to confiscate hundreds of millions of dollars from Epstein’s estate Many girls were lured with the promise of ‘modelling opportunities’ The late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abused and trafficked girls as young as 12 on his private…