Chinese growth at three-decade low - South Koreans call for boycott of Japanese goods
China doesn't need the former Crown colony quite as much as it did back in 1997 when it switched from British rule. But the Special Administrative Region remains a valuable conduit for Beijing.
The Japanese move is likely to disrupt supply chains and escalate tensions with South Korea. Tokyo said the decision was taken for national security reasons, but Seoul views it as retaliation.
Central and eastern European economies are said to be decoupling from western Europe as consumption-led growth replaces the export-driven model. But will domestic spending suffice to fend off a slowdown in the eurozone?
Donald Trump has suggested China resolve ongoing tension with Hong Kong before hashing out a trade deal with the US. The remarks follow his decision earlier this week to postpone imposing further tariffs on Beijing.
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