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Australia’s powerful links to Asia

Australia’s powerful links to Asia

6 August 2014

Australia once suffered because of its distance from Western markets. Now it is blessed by its proximity to the world’s fastest-growing economies.…

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China and ASEAN trade

China and ASEAN trade

20 August 2014

China and ASEAN are a natural fit as trade partners. The links have strengthened in the last 20…

Asia’s wrinkles start to show

Asia’s wrinkles start to show

20 August 2014

Asia is ageing at an unprecedented rate – arguably the fastest the world has…

China reforms urban divide

China reforms urban divide

13 August 2014

China’s Hukou system, which divides people into rural and urban residents at…

Asia’s food inflation risks

Asia’s food inflation risks

13 August 2014

The most acute risks from an El Niño in the Pacific Ocean have subsided for 2014 but…

Paper demand stacks up

Paper demand stacks up

11 August 2014

Paper consumption is rising despite the advance of digital technology and growth is…

US inflation is stable

US inflation is stable

6 August 2014

Since 2008, when the US Federal Reserve introduced quantitative easing (QE), there has…

Emerging markets PMI

PMI at three-month low

Conditions in the Chinese manufacturing sector slowed, according to the HSBC Flash China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index™. The index fell to a three-month low of 50.3 in August, from 51.7 in July.

PMI

China

51.7

50.7

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Renminbi timeline

10 July 2014

China’s economic growth and liberalisation are leading to increasing international use of its currency, the renminbi. We chart some of the recent milestones.

RMB: moving forward

12 May 2014

The RMB is used by one fifth of the world’s population. Outside of China it remains little known, compared with the US dollar or euro. Helen Wong, Chief Executive Officer, HSBC China, explains why that is changing fast.

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