A major trade conflict between the world's top two economies, uncertainty over Brexit and divisions with the eurozone: 2018 was a tough year for the global stock market.
More than 100 firms have applied to list on the STAR market, which is expected to channel billions to the tech sector. China's past failures at creating its own Nasdaq are prompting some investors to tread with caution.
Car sales have fallen in all key regions, especially in China, the world's biggest auto market. With concerns about the economy and stricter emissions rules looming, there is no end in sight for carmakers' troubles.
China's economic growth slowed to 6.2% in the second quarter — the weakest pace since 1992. But the numbers may not be as gloomy for the world's second-largest economy as they appear, says Wang Tao from Swiss bank UBS.
Bangladesh and China have inked billions worth of infrastructure deals. Investment from China promises advantages, but many remain concerned that reliance on Chinese money will make Dhaka beholden to Beijing.
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