Trade with China: A “golden era” no more?

A renewed focus on international trade – the UK’s departure from the EU, the beginning of the Biden presidency in the US, and the pressure on supply chains due to COVID-19 for example – has led to questions around China and its trading relationship with the global community.  In this long read, we look at…

Red China Goes Green

By Charlotte Coulson International conferences often promise more than they deliver. The stalling of global climate negotiations and this year’s COP26 being postponed until 2021 meant that few expected much progress on the issue of climate change this year. Which is what made it all the more remarkable when President Xi Jinping announced that China…

Huawei or the highway

By Tim Le Couilliard, Newgate Public Affairs The government has made two front-page policy decisions in two days. This morning’s papers led with the government’s new directive requiring face coverings in shops and supermarkets from 24th July. Tomorrow’s front pages, bar any other dramatic announcement, will splash the news that Huawei is to be removed from…

China, Leicester, Switzerland and mixed messages

By Simon Gentry, Managing Partner As break-ups go, the UK China split is looking as messy as they come – and its set to get much worse.  Only five short years ago the then Chancellor, George Osborne, was talking of a golden period in Sino-British relations and claiming that the UK was China’s best friend…

Tik-for-Tok retaliation

By Austyn Close, Senior Executive It comes as no surprise that India has banned up to 60 Chinese social media apps this week, including the app which has made celebrities of us all during lockdown, TikTok. Until now, the two hegemonic states have been staring one another down across the vast Asian continent for decades…

Letter from… Hong Kong

By Lolo Yu, Senior Consultant, Newgate Hong Kong  Hong Kong, a city on the brink of return  This week in Hong Kong, pressure around Covid-19 lost a bit more of its intensity. Bars re-opened, people have started to go out more, more face-to-face meetings, friends are visiting each other and it appears life is getting…

Trading in a new world order

By Austyn Close, Senior Executive Free global markets have come under pressure in the past few years, with President Trump in the White House and increasing concern about China’s position and practices. A phantom trade war between the two economic powerhouses has characterised a landscape which can be described as a Cold War 2.0. The…

Britain and the world begins to rethink their relationships with China

By Simon Gentry, Managing Partner Amongst the many things that the Coronavirus has done, is the change in attitudes around the world to China. Change had already begun some years ago when Donald Trump rode public disquiet about China all the way to the White House.  America and Trump however were outliers, most countries generally…

Letter from… Hong Kong

By Fergus Herries, Senior Consultant at Newgate Asia Since the last time we wrote, a mood of uneasy calm has settled over Hong Kong, bolstered by four days of blue skies over the Easter weekend. Initial fears of a “second wave” of infections on the catastrophic levels seen in New York or London have so…