Towards the end of February, more clarity began to emerge about the UK’s policy on migration from the EU after it leaves in spring 2019.
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The government in Myanmar has set up a new committee on minimum wages, local media reported on February 23.
A possibly unscripted February 13 remark by Donald Trump might indicate he wants to break up NAFTA, not merely renegotiate it.
Li&Fung will be dropped from Hong Kong’s Han Seng index of leading quoted businesses from March 6, the index compilers announced on February 12.
US apparel imports (in square metres) grew 3.4% in December 2016 over December 2015, though falls in the previous six months a 2016 annual fall of 1.1%.
The EU appears to be accepting greater political variation between its members, as the leading candidate in the French Presidential elections announced her policy of calling a referendum on EU membership.
On February 2, the UK government issued a White Paper (WP) claiming to outline its Brexit plans. Light on detail, the WP is a useful checklist of the issues the UK government sees as important.
US Congressional Republican leaders made their pitch on February 1 and 2 for handling NAFTA renegotiation and border taxes. Trump’s earlier China commitments seem to have disappeared.
The eleven countries abandoned by the US when it left the Trans Pacific Partnership on January 23 appear seriously divided about what to do next. Beijing continues to suggest their best response is a completely different arrangement centred on China.
Donald Trump announced on January 14 his abandonment of a central campaign pledge about China.
Though the world’s business press reported in mid-January that Chinese manufacturing costs grew sharply in December 2016, costs for Chinese apparel and textile makers grew far less. In November 2016 – the latest data available – the price per square metre of Chinese apparel arriving in the US was 9.1% lower than a year earlier.
Korean exports to China fell 10.9% in the first year of a free trade deal between the two countries. Chinese exports to Korea fell just 4.8%.
Crucial sourcing commitments by President-Elect Donald Trump came under fire from his own side in early December.
Steven Mnuchin, Donald Trump’s nominee as Secretary of the US Treasury, expressed disagreement with Trump’s promised China trade policy immediately after his nomination announcement.