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Biden in Asia: new economic cooperation against China
Joe Biden will travel to Asia for the first time since he took office as US president. Despite the Ukraine war, the dispute with China remains an important element of US policy. Washington wants to prevent China from attacking the Western-dominated "rules-based order". To its allies in the region, Washington wants to make new economic cooperation palatable. continue reading →
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Zero Covid: Europe’s companies consider exodus
The Omicron wave and China's harsh response to it are weighing on virtually all European companies. In a survey by the EU Chamber of Commerce in China, nearly every company complains about disrupted supply chains, lack of travel and other problems. They desire a different Covid policy. Impatience is growing. continue reading →
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Tesla builds second factory in Shanghai
Tesla has selected the site for its planned construction of a second production line in Shanghai, near its existing Gigafactory 3. This was reported by the South China Morning Post on Wednesday, citing a letter from the US electric carmaker to local authorities. In it, Tesla spoke of an annual capacity for the new assembly […] continue reading →
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Ships are again piling up at ports
The lockdowns in China affect already struggling international goods traffic. A huge ship jam is forming off Shanghai, while ports in the west suffer from a flood of containers. At a webinar hosted by AHK Hong Kong, experts discussed the implications of this. continue reading →
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Zero Covid burdens domestic trade and logistics
Experts try to predict the economic costs of the lockdown in China. Affected municipalities have to bear high costs and suffer from production cutbacks. Zero Covid is also a logistical nightmare. And problems in the transport sector further exacerbate the situation. continue reading →
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CATL starts battery replacement
Chinese battery giant CATL has launched a battery replacement service called Evogo in its home province of Fujian. Earlier this week, the company announced it launched four fast battery exchange stations in the island city of Xiamen. The number is expected to rise to 30 by the end of this year, CATL announced on Wednesday. […] continue reading →
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YouTube deletes channel of Hong Kong’s future chief executive
The online video platform YouTube has shut down the channel of the election campaign of Hong Kong’s presumably future chief executive John Lee. As the South China Morning Post reported on Wednesday, the platform, which belongs to the US group Google, removed all content from the “Johnlee2022” channel. Google had issued a statement that the […] continue reading →
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Where do companies get pure green power?
China plans to set up a trading scheme for green power. But a nationwide platform is still in its infancy. Meanwhile, ongoing reforms of the electricity market are contributing to making the trade of electricity from wind and sun more feasible in the future. Corporate demand for green power is high. continue reading →
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Uncertainties in the closed loop
To keep production going despite China's zero-covid policy, companies in affected regions have employees sleep in groups on site after work. The closed-loop method is supposed to keep the virus out. But this only works as long as companies still receive preliminary products. continue reading →
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