China Goes Green

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As China enforces its ban on imported plastic waste the western world reels.  China recycled over 30% of the worlds plastic so it’s refusal to accept imports of plastic waste is not to be under estimated.  What is surprising is the shock an surprise expressed by countries such as the UK given that this change…

The Price of China’s New Green Credentials

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China has in the recent past been notorious for its levels of air pollution.  This was highlighted during the Bejing Olympics where special measures were taken to reduce pollution as world attention was focused on the Chinese capital.    Since then the government has taken considerable steps to reduce pollution and clean up the air.…

Builders look to China to relive shortages in building materials

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Building and construction in the UK is currently on the increase, especially in the domestic housing sector.  This is driven by a chronic shortage of housing, increasing demand and rising prices.  The UK government has supported and encouraged increased house building through a number of initiatives including relaxing planning controls and financial incentives. This has…

Prices of Chinese Steel on the Rise

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The past year has seen a steady rise in steel prices in China – especially for higher value products such as galvanised steel pipes used extensively in the construction industry.  This is on a background of falling domestic demand and a world wide surplus of steel producers which perhaps at first glance makes it surprising.…

New US China trade deal – Is it good for Britain?

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Presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump agreed a new 100 day ten point trade agreement.  It covers a wide range of areas from US beef and Chinese chicken through to credit card companies, bond issuers  and agricultural biotech companies.  Many US commentators however feel it doesn’t go far enough and is a very select list…

Tea Trade With China

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The UK has a very long and at time chequered history of trading Tea with China dating back to 1700’s.  This has primarily been a one way process with tea being imported to the UK from China.  This trade reached it’s peak perhaps in the late 1700’s when its value was such that smuggling into…

Will UK Interest Rates Rise?

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At the last meeting of the Bank of England held on 15 march the monetary policy committee voted by 8:1 to hold interest rates at their historic low of  0.25%.  Previous meetings had been unanimous in the decision but at this months meeting there was one dissenting voice.  A signal that may see as the…

Don’t Wait For Brexit – Plan Now

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Business in Britain have been urged to start planning their post Brexit strategy now and not to wait for the outcome of negotiations with Brussels according to the Institute of Directors. Allie Renison the head of Europe and trade policy at the IoD said companies should move now to establish tier post Brexit trade links…

Northern Powerhouse Conference Welcomes High Powered Chinese Delegation

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The second Northern Powerhouse conference held in Manchester on 21st and 22nd February welcomed a major delegation of Chinese businesses looking for new commercial partnerships. The delegation was made up of members of the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC), The China chamber of Commerce UK delegation and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.…

Germany hopes for a Trump bonanza in China

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In the face of increasing hostility expressed by US president Donald Trump towards trade with China Germany is hoping to cash in. German businesses have struggled for many years to do trade with China in an equitable manner. They have long complained of an unfair playing field with Chinese business having free access to European…