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The Future of EU-China Trade

As European Union leaders gathered in Beijing Thursday, one of their demands for China was a more equal trading relationship. “China is the EU’s most important trading partner,” said EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. “But there are clear imbalances and differences that we must address.” Europe’s weak consumer economy is doing its part…

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Trade Data Points to Lower Inflation

For yet another month, China’s merchandise trade exports declined, falling 14.5% year-on-year in July to $281.8 billion. The drop was driven by a weaker economy and an ongoing realignment in global trade. Companies are seeking alternative manufacturing bases to China, to lower costs and temper political risk, and reducing their foreign direct investment that’s underpinned…

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Chips Are Up: 10 Top Trade Trends in Semiconductors

The strategic geopolitical battle over semiconductors, the key ingredient in computers and phones, is ramping up, as the U.S., China and other countries boost investments in domestic production, protect their internal markets and aggressively monitor rivals’ capacities. As the U.S. and China disengage with each other’s most strategic supply chains, other countries, such as Germany…

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China Goes To Europe

There’s so much focus on the U.S.-China trade relationship and its frequent fireworks that it’s often forgotten that the European Union, still the world’s preeminent free-trade alliance, with 447 million consumers, is the better customer. In April, exports to the European Union increased 4.1% year-on-year to $44.7 billion, while exports to the U.S. dropped 6.2%…

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Why Global Trade in Rare Earth Elements is Growing and Diversifying

Higher prices for rare-earth minerals and strategic support from the U.S. and other governments have sparked further investment, production, and international trade, diversifying supply for minerals that are essential to high-tech production. Rare earths elements, such as dysprosium, lanthanum and cerium, are 17 elements used as niche ingredients in magnets, batteries and catalytic converters. These…

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U.S. Gas Exports Surging, High-Tech Supply Chains and Other Key Trade Trends For 2023

The world was rocked in 2022 by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, punishing inflation, and slackening demand in the U.S. and Europe. That’s dampened expectations for exports and imports in 2023. Global trade growth will slow to 1%, according to the World Trade Organization, because of inflation, higher interest rates, weaker demand in the U.S. and…

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