News and Analysis

China Opens Europe Charm Offensive as Trump Stokes Trade Dispute
04/06/2018
SINGAPORE, BEIJING, BLOOMBERG -- China is reaching out to Europe with pledges to improve market access for companies in a charm offensive that contrasts with President Donald Trump’s escalation of tra...
Trudeau Says `Australian Colleagues' Warned on Bid by China
31/05/2018
CANBERRA, TORONTO, LONDON, BLOOMBERG -- Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says “Australian colleagues” told his government about the challenges of allowing the Chinese to buy engineering companies...
At Singapore regional defence dialogue, it won't be all North Korea
31/05/2018
HONOLULU, SINGAPORE, REUTERS -- When senior defence officials from around the world, including U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, meet in Singapore this weekend, it won't be all about the U.S.-North K...
In nod to India, US military renames its Pacific Command
31/05/2018
PEARL HARBOR, AFP -- The Pentagon is renaming its oldest and largest military command to reflect the growing importance of the Indian Ocean in US strategic thinking, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said...
IMF Bailout Looms For Pakistan as Debt Surge Raises Alarm
31/05/2018
ISLAMBAD, KARACHI, BLOOMBERG -- For many in Pakistan it’s a question of when -- rather than if -- the nation will go to the International Monetary Fund for financial support to pay its soaring foreign...
Portugal, trust in China is the art of the deal
30/05/2018
LISBON, REUTERS -- Utility company EDP may balk at the meagre 5 percent premium offered for its shares by China Three Gorges (CTG) but the battle for Portugal's biggest business has largely played out...
China Energy Misses Payment on Bond, Triggering Cross Default
29/05/2018
HONG KONG, BLOOMBERG -- China Energy Reserve & Chemicals Group Co. said it hasn't paid a $350 million bond that matured earlier this month, in the latest example of China's deleveraging campaign c...
Mahathir to Scrap Malaysia-Singapore High-Speed Rail Project
29/05/2018
KUALA LUMPUR, SINGAPORE, BLOOMBERG -- Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said he will cancel a proposed multibillion-dollar high-speed railway link to Singapore, scrapping a signature project...
In Cambodia's capital, Chinese buyers pump luxury property bubble
29/05/2018
PHNOM PENH, REUTERS -- Guo Qirui, 30, says it's a lonely journey when he goes home to his rented luxury condominium in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, the country where the Chinese retail executi...
Pakistan seeks economic lifeline with fresh China loans
28/05/2018
ISLAMABAD, REUTERS -- Pakistan expects to obtain fresh Chinese loans worth $1-2 billion to help it avert a balance of payments crisis, Pakistani government sources said, in another sign of Islamabad's...