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The pink yuan: how Chinese business is embracing the LGBT market

The pink yuan: how Chinese business is embracing the LGBT market

While businesses in China are embracing the ‘pink economy’, their human resources policies aren’t embracing LGBT rights Remember when the term “pink dollar” was first coined? It was one of the buzz
China hits back at 'extreme' tariffs from rival economies

China hits back at 'extreme' tariffs from rival economies

Rise in EU steel tariffs among measures cited by ministry of commerce, amid fears that Donald Trump could hit Chinese goods with tariffs of up to 45%China has criticised “extreme” tariffs on its
China voices economic fears about Donald Trump presidency

China voices economic fears about Donald Trump presidency

Beijing’s concerns about a further slowdown in trade come as political uncertainty and social tensions spread anxiety about global economy China suffered a sharp drop in exports last year and there
Silk Road route back in business as China train rolls into London

Silk Road route back in business as China train rolls into London

After 16 days and 7,456 miles, the locomotive’s arrival heralds the dawn of a new commercial eraWhen the East Wind train rumbles into east London this week, it will be full of socks, bags and wallets
Japan's rising child poverty exposes true cost of two decades of economic decline

Japan's rising child poverty exposes true cost of two decades of economic decline

Soup kitchens have sprung up to provide meals for some of the estimated 3.5 million children officially living in poverty in one of world’s richest countries The smell of beef stew wafts from a
New US administration unlikely to be awed by China's year-end spurt

New US administration unlikely to be awed by China's year-end spurt

GDP growth improved to 6.8% but only after a 19% increase in public investment and a lighter touch on real estate borrowing The silver lining in China’s disappointing 2016 growth figures was the
Britain accused of letting down Hong Kong democracy activists

Britain accused of letting down Hong Kong democracy activists

Chris Patten says Britain has prioritised trade deals with China over defending freedoms guaranteed in 1997 handoverThe UK is guilty of a dereliction of its duty to Hong Kong and is “selling its
Japan rejects Trump accusation of devaluing yen in currency war

Japan rejects Trump accusation of devaluing yen in currency war

The US president, who said countries ‘play the market while we sit like a bunch of dummies’, signals possible retreat from strong dollar policyJapan has rejected Donald Trump’s claims that Tokyo was
Why Donald Trump can't bully China on trade

Why Donald Trump can't bully China on trade

Beijing holds trillions of dollars in US debt and any trade disruption could lead to huge price rises in the budget stores on which many Americans relyAs US President Donald Trump proceeds to
How Xi Jinping's global ambitions could thrive as Trump turns inward

How Xi Jinping's global ambitions could thrive as Trump turns inward

As Donald Trump steers the US towards isolationism and protectionism, China’s leader is casting himself as a champion of internationalism and free trade. But are Xi’s values really compatible with
Inflation returns to Japan for the first time in more than a year

Inflation returns to Japan for the first time in more than a year

Prices tick up helped by the rising cost of oil but a slump in household spending clouds the outlook Japan’s core consumer prices have risen for the first time in over a year thanks to a pickup in
China's economic concerns mount as thousands gather for congress

China's economic concerns mount as thousands gather for congress

Premier Li Keqiang will deliver his annual report against the backdrop of a falling currency and an ever-growing housing and debt bubbleChina’s rubber-stamp legislature convenes this weekend with the
Latrobe Valley paper plant sounds alarm over Indonesian dumping

Latrobe Valley paper plant sounds alarm over Indonesian dumping

Maryvale’s Australian Paper, the only copy paper manufacturer in the country, urges government to hold firm on tariffs to keep out subsidised importsAustralia’s only copy paper manufacturer, one of
Will populist leaders stifle the global recovery – or vice versa?

Will populist leaders stifle the global recovery – or vice versa?

Politicians such as Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen and Beppe Grillo are wildcards that could kill off gathering growthAfter nine dreary years of downgrading their GDP forecasts, macroeconomic
Trump is reckless – but he knows he can't afford to antagonise China | Barry Eichengreen

Trump is reckless – but he knows he can't afford to antagonise China | Barry Eichengreen

His comments during the campaign didn’t bolster high hopes, but his summit with Xi Jinping showed he needs China’s businessDonald Trump’s comments about China during the US presidential campaign
Is this the beginning of the end for neoliberalism? | Letters

Is this the beginning of the end for neoliberalism? | Letters

Your editorial on the French elections (11 April), with its encouraging mention of the rise of the higher tax and spend candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, failed to mention possibly his biggest electoral
Whatever the IMF thinks, we are a long way from the boom time of 2007 | Larry Elliott

Whatever the IMF thinks, we are a long way from the boom time of 2007 | Larry Elliott

Christine Lagarde may be optimistic about the global economy but there are good reasons why the heady growth seen before the financial crisis won’t come backWhen the International Monetary Fund met
Equality in Japan: is this vision of a fairer society too good to be true?

Equality in Japan: is this vision of a fairer society too good to be true?

With its modestly paid bosses and impressive health statistics, Japan is widely hailed as the most equal major economy in the world. But, reports Justin McCurry, this edifice of egalitarianism is
Chinese economy cools as key sectors continue to slow

Chinese economy cools as key sectors continue to slow

Manufacturing and services fall as Beijing tries to rein in property and credit boomChina’s economy has shown more signs of cooling with key barometers from its manufacturing and services sectors
China's Xi lays out $900bn Silk Road vision amid claims of empire-building

China's Xi lays out $900bn Silk Road vision amid claims of empire-building

Global leaders attend ‘Belt and Road’ infrastructure summit to praise plan Xi Jinping says will bring a new ‘golden age’ of globalisationWorld’s biggest project aims to make China great againChinese