The finalization of the China-EU investment agreement – after seven years of negotiations – on December 30, 2020, is a big deal, says London-based China lawyer Mark Schaub in an overview of the fallout of the deal for the China Law Insight. “Is it a Big Deal? – Yes. China is the EU’s second-largest trading partner and the EU is China’s largest trading partner. Over Euro1 billion per day of trade flows between these two giants.”
After the Senate also the House of Representatives approved this week the bill to ban Chinese companies at US stock markets, the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act (The Kennedy Bill) if they do not allow inspections by the American PCAOB. But accountant expert Paul Gillis does not expect will materialize, he writes at his Chinaaccountingblog.
The new US president Biden will be treating China in a multi-lateral fashion, not bilateral, like Donald Trump who saw trade basically as a real-estate transaction, says former White House trade negotiator Harry Broadman to BNN Bloomberg. China has ignored its trade obligations since admission into the World Trade Organization in 2001, he says, and Broadman does not expect another line now Trump has shaken that international boat.
The massive US$34.5 billion IPO by Jack Ma’s Ant Group has been derailed by regulatory action, days before its listing, and that does not make the investors happy, says political analyst Shaun Rein at AP. The decision also might rattle Chinese entrepreneurs who were considering selling shares on their own country’s market, said Rein.
More than three million Chinese students went to the US for their study, but with the rising sinophobia both the US and Australia are losing out huge advantages of those eager learners, says business analyst Shaun Rein to state-broadcaster CGTN. Even losing only tuition fees might cost them dearly, he adds.
Not authoritarian rule but solid support from China’s citizens allowed its government to beat the Covid-19 and effectively deal with the coronavirus crisis, argues Singapore-based journalist Ian Johnson, in the New York Review of Books. He uses the Wuhan Diary: Dispatches from a Quarantined City by Fang Fang, to show the government did not silence critics but did win majority support by its people, helped by indeed heavily manipulated media in China.
China got itself into trouble a few times when lenders who got into problems paying back debts. When China offers the same loans commercial banks can offer but without political ties, China has not so much extra to give, says strategic analyst Harry Broadman about the country’s’ international debt policies in the Africa Report, taking Zambia as an example.