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America and China sign a trade deal

But it will be an uneasy truce


With his habit of announcing trade deals only for them to dissolve within weeks, President Donald Trump is a standing reminder that talk is cheap. But on January 15th he signed a phase one trade agreement with China alongside Liu He, the Chinese vice-premier, and published its contents for the world to see. The 86 pages set out the terms of a new economic relationship between these two giants. Alongside some welcome measures, there are some howlers—and glaring omissions.

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Why China’s assault on Cathay Pacific should scare all foreign firms

China can get its way in corporate boardrooms but hurts itself with its pressure tactics


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Global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows fell by 23% in 2017, to $1.43 trillion from $1.87 trillion in 2016, according to UNCTAD’s World Investment Report 2018. The decline is in stark contrast to other macroeconomic variables, which saw substantial improvement in 2017.
“Downward pressure on FDI and the slowdown in global value chains are a major concern for policymakers worldwide, and especially in developing countries,” UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi said.
“Investment in productive assets will be needed to achieve sustainable development in the poorest countries.”

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" Les investisseurs français en Afrique attendent d'Emmanuel Macron un vrai "virage africain"."

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By : Mr. Etienne Giros, Deputy Chairman of the CIAN.

Le Monde


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