Mainland China’s central bank joins its peers in Hong Kong, Thailand and the UAE in creating a prototype for streamlined settlements.
10 March 2021
As fintech transforms financial transactions both within and between economies, and cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Facebook’s Diem, central bankers are looking at offering digital versions of their traditional units.More
As Mainland China takes a new direction following four decades of opening up, Hong Kong continues in its gateway role.
03 March 2021
In the four decades since establishment of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone (SEZ) turbo-charged Mainland China’s switch to export-driven growth, Hong Kong and its neighbouring Guangdong cities have been pivotal in the development, driving investment and commodities in and products out.More
As the COVID-19 pandemic shakes up trade flows, testing and certification takes on fresh importance.
17 February 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the global supply chain, with a new normal characterised by remote working, learning and entertainment, an unprecedented demand for personal protective equipment (PPE), and accelerated digital transformation throughout the supply chain.More
Heavily trade-weighted countries face a challenging environment in the coming year.
10 February 2021
The combination of the COVID-19 pandemic, spreading protectionism from trade to finance and technology and socio-political disturbances across major and emerging economies generated a perfect storm for the global economy, according to the International Monetary Fund.More
As happened in Mainland China two decades ago, COVID could drive transformation in the US, the Asian Financial Forum heard last month.
03 February 2021
Just as Mainland China took two years to fully recover from the SARS outbreak that hit in 2003 – a process that greatly boosted the then-young Alibaba and Taobao – the United States is now going through its pandemic crucible, the 14th Asian Financial Forum heard last month.More
A free trade agreement with a member of a new African trade bloc offers Mainland China enhanced access to the vast regional market.
13 January 2021
Mainland China began 2021 with a single step into a giant continent — Africa, The mainland’s free trade agreement (FTA) with Mauritius took effect on the same day as the African Free Trade Continental Area (AfCFTA), which includes Mauritius, rolled out, forging a link between the mainland and Africa.More