Category: United States


Donald Trump and Xi Jinping go head-to-head

First published:, 3/04/2017 If the US president expects significant economic climb-downs this week, he’ll be disappointed Later this week, ‪on 6th-7th April, Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping are scheduled to meet at Mar-a-Lago in Florida. Unlike previous meetings between

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Can Merkel and Trump work together?

First published: CapX, 16/03/2017 Stormy weather has shifted Angela Merkel’s trip to see the US President to tomorrow; it provides the perfect metaphor for German-US relations. There are several contentious foreign policy issues, some of which have gone off the boil

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What Fed’s new tightening cycle holds for Asia

First published: Nikkei Asian Review, 16/03/2016 Higher interest rates could disrupt region’s economic growth The U.S. Federal Reserve raised interest rates for only the third time this decade at its Wednesday meeting. The policy rate now stands at 0.75-1%. The

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Calm before the US-China trade storm

First published: Nikkei Asian Review, 6/03/2017 The Trump administration is likely to unleash a tough policy sooner or later Many Japanese might be reminded of their own thorny trade relations with the U.S. as they watch the current trade dispute

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Trump’s Congress speech: The same man but in softer colours

First published:, 1/03/2017 The details were predictably hazy, but a policy picture is gradually emerging Yesterday evening, President Donald Trump gave his first address to both Houses of Congress. It marked a significant change in tone from the “American

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