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Straits Times (July 15)

2024/ 07/ 16 by jd in Global News

“Thailand’s decades-long manufacturing-driven economic model is broken.” The nation “has witnessed nearly 2,000 factory closures in the last year, upending its manufacturing sector that contributes nearly a quarter of its gross domestic product (GDP).” The main drivers appear to be “cheap imports from China and a slide in industrial competitiveness due to factors including rising energy prices and an ageing workforce.”


The Guardian (July 11)

2024/ 07/ 13 by jd in Global News

“China has 180 gigawatts (GW) of utility-scale solar power under construction and 15GW of wind power. That brings the total of wind and solar power under construction to 339GW, well ahead of the 40GW under construction in the US.”


New York Times (June 22)

2024/ 06/ 24 by jd in Global News

“With billions of dollars in trade at stake, China and the European Union have agreed to engage in talks to try to resolve an escalating dispute over tariffs.” To block the threatened tariffs on electric vehicles, “Beijing would need to persuade a majority of European Union countries, representing at least 65 percent of the bloc’s population, to overrule the European Commission” and it is expected to strategically target Germany, France, Italy and other key countries.


Fortune (June 21)

2024/ 06/ 23 by jd in Global News

“Nvidia became the world’s most valuable company” earlier this week. Moreover, Nvidia’s market cap of $3.35 trillion “single-handedly eclipses all of Europe’s stock markets in market capitalization.” According to Deutsche Bank, “the chipmaker’s valuation outstrips that of all listed stocks in Europe’s major business hubs—Germany, France, and the U.K.” Currently the “only markets whose listed shares are collectively larger than Nvidia’s are those of the U.S., India, China, and Japan”


The Economist (June 19)

2024/ 06/ 21 by jd in Global News

“Rising temperatures in the Arctic are slowly opening up new possibilities for transport.” Geopolitical stakes are also rising in the region. “China’s support for Russia is fuelling Western distrust of the Asian power’s ‘polar silk road’ plans. But China is not retreating from the Arctic. It still sees a chance to boost its influence there, and to benefit from the area’s wealth of natural resources.”


Bloomberg (June 17)

2024/ 06/ 18 by jd in Global News

“China’s home prices fell at a faster pace in May, as the country’s most forceful efforts to support the property market took time to revive demand.” Existing home values dropped by 1%, “the sharpest decline since at least 2011.” Oversupply is “dragging prices lower, giving people less reason to invest in property.” Meanwhile, “investors and analysts remain skeptical” that the government’s recent measures to revive the sector “will be sufficient” given the “funding revealed so far and the slow progress of existing trial programs in several cities.”


Automotive News Europe (June 12)

2024/ 06/ 13 by jd in Global News

“European automakers are being challenged by an influx of lower-cost EVs from Chinese rivals,” which have surged in popularity, with their EU market share rising to 8% (from less than 1% in 2019), and potential to reach 15% in 2025. Still, Mercedes, BMW and VW all lined up against the EU’s new 38% tariff on EVs exported from China because “China is a key profit center” for the German automakers who “could face counter measures in China.”


South China Morning Post (June 7)

2024/ 06/ 09 by jd in Global News

“China’s export growth accelerated in May amid heightening trade frictions, fuelled by surging demand from Southeast Asia and a lower base effect, while its trade surplus also widened from April.” The news may provide Beijing with “a promising path toward its annual growth target” as exports surged a full 7.6% year on year.


Wall Street Journal (May 30)

2024/ 06/ 01 by jd in Global News

“Unprecedented finance and trade restrictions on Russia, Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, China and other authoritarian regimes have squeezed those economies by curbing access to Western goods and markets. But Beijing has increasingly foiled those U.S.-led efforts by bolstering trade ties…. The bloc of sanctioned nations collectively now have the economy of scale to shield them from Washington’s financial warfare, trading everything from drones and missiles to gold and oil.”


New York Times (May 27)

2024/ 05/ 30 by jd in Global News

“The United States, Europe and other wealthy nations are trying frantically to catch up” to China which, according to the IEA, “accounted for 85 percent of all clean-energy manufacturing investment in the world” in 2022. These nations are now “spending huge amounts on subsidizing homegrown companies while also seeking to block competing Chinese products.” They seem to be making “modest inroads” with China’s share of investment falling to 75% in 2023.


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