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  • US media complicate story of Trump’s attitude to China

    Activists continue to investigate what lies behind the Trump Administration’s inactivity over its promises on China.

  • Burma best-performing major 2016 supplier: Cambodia, India, Philippines and Morocco do worst

    Burma showed the strongest growth among apparel suppliers to developed countries in 2016, as the total volume shipped worldwide fell for the first time in five years .

  • Canada launches citizen consultation on possible China free trade agreement

    Canada launched a website on March 10 to carry a consultation exercise with its citizens  about a possible free trade agreement with China.

  • Jilted TPP partners (plus a few) share new hopes

    Before a March 14-15 meeting in Chile planned to review next steps after US withdrawal from the TPP, other negotiating partners – plus China, Korea and Colombia – shared views on future possibilities.

  • What’s the Chinese for hogwash?

    “China must be ready to face [the] growing trend of protectionism” said its Premier Li Keqiang on March 5.

  • US critics link another broken Trump trade promise to Trump administration corruption. Possibly inaccurately

    For the second time in a week, US critics have accused the Trump administration of corrupt motives for dishonouring pre-election trade promises.

  • European Chamber of Commerce slams China’s growing protectionism

    On March 7, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China attacked the likelihood of “increased state intervention” in China’s ten year plan to cut imports.

  • Fast Retailing publishes “core supplier list” and Sustainability Report

    Fast Retailing published its “core supplier list” on February 28. The list includes 146 suppliers in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia and Vietnam, but no indication of how the company defines “core”, or what kind of supplier relations have not been disclosed.

  • China’s mills “have run cotton inventory down to exploit State auctions”

    China’s textile mills have worked off cotton inventory in the hope of picking up lower-priced fibre at the government’s annual auction  of state reserves, which starts March 6

  • China free trade pretensions come under more fire

    Shujiro Urata, a fellow of the Japan Centre for Economic Research and a former economist at the World Bank, said on February 28 that China has been unable to “contribute constructively” to the past five years’ Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) talks and would be unable to accept some key TPP chapters.

  • Seventeenth round of RCEP talks starts as China tries promoting alternative to TPP

    The seventeenth round of talks between the sixteen countries currently interested in developing the Pacific-based Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) began in Kobe, Japan on February 27.

  • US policy announcements ignore major trade commitments

    Although in January Donald Trump summarised his objectives as “Buy American, hire American”, major policy priority summaries now almost ignore trade programmes.

  • This isn’t a good time for developing new sourcing strategies

    The speed the sourcing environment’s changing, you’d think this is a good time for a new strategy. You’d be wrong.

  • Chinese wages “now higher than Mexico”

    A study by Euromonitor calculates that average wages in China are now higher than in every Latin American country except Chile.  They are now five times higher than in India. 

  • “Trump’s an idiot” says currency expert as US Adminstration see-saws on China.

    “I will instruct my Treasury Secretary to declare China a currency manipulator the day I take office” promised Donald Trump on October 22.