It looks like the United States just became a third wheel. Recent economic data from the E.U.’s statistical office shows that China is now the European Union’s biggest trading partner of goods, knocking the U.S. from its prime spot. While the European Union has been China’s biggest importer for some time, the relationship only became mutual during the pandemic, likely due to the increase in demand for Chinese medical products in the E.U. In turn, demand for European goods in China also grew.
Disrupted by unstable democracy protests and an unprecedented National Security Law, Hong Kong’s position as Asia’s favored financial hub is under threat like never before. Investing Columnist Leo Wang investigates the increasingly bleak future of “Asia’s World City” and the hopeful cities vying to replace her.
Who owns the Arctic and what exactly is so important about it? As climate change leads to the further melting of Arctic ice, countries are scrambling to stake their economic claim in the region. We examine these claims, explore what is driving the claims in the first place, and give some considerations in regards to the future of the earth’s “last frontier.”
The pandemic has left many industries helpless, but edtech-based companies have been witnessing their sales skyrocket as the outbreak came to be a blessing in disguise for the industry. Let us take a look at how COVID-19 has acted as a game changer for edtech.
What if Nasdaq isn’t the dominant science and technology focused stock exchange? Investing Columnist Leo Wang explores the rise of Asia’s newest and most valuable market—one which also leads China’s counter against America’s technological and financial hegemony.
Despite recent metrics around the globe showing severe production declines as a result of coronavirus, Chinese GDP growth continues to be one of the fastest among developed and developing nations. That’s not a new story. While the rest of the world experienced recessions and layoffs, China blew through the 2008-2012 years, reaching an all-time productivity growth peak of 11 percent in 2011. By all official accounts, China is on track to surpass aggregate U.S. output and take the mantle of economic hegemony within the next several decades.
Chinese officials recently confirmed over 31,161 cases of the new coronavirus, furthering a global wave of panic. This number surpasses that of SARS, a similar respiratory infection that spread across China, which killed nearly 800 people and cost almost $40 billion worldwide between 2002 to 2003.