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Hong Kong’s extradition bill could plunge it into the US-China trade war

If the law is passed, the US could remove Hong Kong's special commercial status, potentially exposing it to tariffs on Chinese goods.
Rare-earth metals, clockwise from top center: praseodymium, cerium, lanthanum, neodymium, samarium and gadolinium.

China could restrict its export of rare-earth metals as a trade-war tactic. Here’s what they are and why they’re so crucial.

China controls a lion's share of the planet's rare-earth elements, which are hard to mine and used in everything from missile tech to smartphones.

Germany’s economy is flashing yet another ‘grim’ warning after more weak data and a slump in demand

Weak manufacturing data and lower growth forecasts are signalling major weakness in Germany.
Shipping containers are seen piled up at a port in Qingdao, Shandong province December 10, 2013.

A data point seen as the bellweather for global trade just tanked — and ‘the floor is not yet in sight’

South Korea's 20-day exports, seen as a canary in the coal mine for the global economy, dropped 5%. Exports to China and Japan fell by more than 10%.
A woman walks at a market in Caracas.

Venezuela’s debt has exploded to $156 billion, according to a new report

Venezuela's external debt rose to $156 billion in 2018, a new report estimates.

These 10 emerging markets will dominate the global economy in the next decade

Rankings of the biggest growth stars in emerging markets sees India take top spot in the next decade, according to Oxford Economics.

US pork sales to China dropped by more than 250,000 tons last year as the trade war hits American farmers

Chinese pork imports from the US dropped more than 50% in 2018 as a result of the tariffs put in place during the Trump administration-led trade war.

China’s export boom is a worrying signal that Trump’s trade war will get worse

Chinese exports have risen this year as the country looks to get as many goods as possible off its shores before steeper tariffs come in January.
Iowa is known for its corn.

Here’s the most important export from every US state

The biggest export by 2016 dollar value from every state.
President Donald Trump at a Carrier factory in Indiana

Trump seems to have a back-up plan if his trade wars fail

For decades in the US, government officials on both sides of the aisle have generally made a point to back a strong dollar in public — especially those in the Oval Office. President Donald Trump, on the other hand, has repeatedly lashed out about a strengthening greenback.