News and Analysis

China's Bid for Global Influence Reaches the Pacific Islands
19/06/2018
CANBERRA, BLOOMBERG -- In the gritty, steamy streets of Papua New Guinea’s capital Port Moresby, signs of China’s push into the Pacific island nation are inescapable.A Chinese worker stencils a logo f...
Thailand spearheads regional fund to cut reliance on big Asian economies
18/06/2018
BANGKOK, REUTERS -- Thailand is spearheading a new Southeast Asian fund for infrastructure and development projects, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told a summit in Bangkok on Saturday, a bid t...
Malaysia power shift hits China infrastructure drive
18/06/2018
KUALA LUMPUR, AFP -- Malaysia was once a loyal partner in China's globe-spanning infrastructure drive but a new government is now pledging to review Beijing-backed projects, threatening key links in t...
Hong Kong to Hold Joint Belt and Road Conference in Beijing
11/06/2018
HONG KONG, BLOOMBERG -- Hong Kong’s government will hold a joint conference with other officials in Beijing on June 12 to discuss the city’s involvement in China’s sprawling Belt and Road infrastructu...
China, Russia Solidify Growing Eastern Bloc as Trump Rattles G-7
11/06/2018
QING DAO, BLOOMBERG -- As U.S. President Donald Trump left the Group of Seven nations in turmoil this weekend, China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin were putting on a very different show on t...
The Military Threat in China's Global Master Plan
11/06/2018
BALTIMORE, BLOOMBERG -- (This is the first in a series of columns on China's effort to supplant the U.S. as the world's pre-eminent geopolitical power.) I wrote a column recently about how a longstand...
EU warns UK-centred China import scam may shift to Europe's "Silk Road"
07/06/2018
BRUSSELS, REUTERS -- European Union anti-fraud investigators suspect Greece and Hungary may have become the main EU centres of a multi-million-euro scam involving imports of Chinese clothing and footw...
Singapore firm to draw up Chinese investment zone plan in Sri Lanka
07/06/2018
COLOMBO, REUTERS -- Sri Lanka's cabinet has approved a proposal for Singapore-based urban planning consultancy Surbana Jurong Pvt Ltd, owned by state investor Temasek Holdings Ltd, to draw up a plan f...
China Revives Global Yuan Push as Capital Outflow Worries Fade
05/06/2018
HONG KONG, BLOOMBERG -- After more than two years on the back-burner, there are signs that China is once again focusing on its efforts to increase the yuan’s status in global finance.Since May, initia...
Singapore Says U.S., China Both Risking Status Quo With Actions
04/06/2018
SINGAPORE, BLOOMBERG -- Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen criticized both the U.S. and China for taking “unilateral actions,” lumping the two rivals together as nations challenging the current glo...