A quarter-century after the handover, is Hong Kong still attractive as a business hub?

Jun 29, 2022
Crackdowns by Beijing and severe COVID restrictions have undermined its status. Friday marks the anniversary of the transfer of control.
The Hong Kong skyline at sunset. The territory has seen security crackdowns and severe COVID restrictions, and many residents have left in recent years. Friday marks 25 years since its return to Chinese rule.
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Inflation's a global problem. Curbing it may send some countries' economies into recession.

Jun 16, 2022
The U.S. economy might have an easier time achieving a "soft landing" than economies in Europe and elsewhere.
Europe has not yet reached pre-pandemic employment or output levels, and the ECB has signaled an interest rate hike next month. Above, the European Central Bank headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany.
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How industrial standards help explain Russia's economic motives for invading Ukraine

May 17, 2022
International standards can be tools of globalization. They can also keep other countries locked within an economic orbit.
A Ukrainian soldier guards a road near the Russian border in April 2014, just weeks after Russia invaded and annexed Crimea. After the invasion, Ukraine rejected Russia’s industrial standards and opted for Europe’s instead.
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China’s efforts to address domestic problems can lead to global challenges

Restrictions on exports like fertilizer and steel have major economic ramifications for trading partners.
When the prices of fertilizer began to increase last year, China moved to restrict fertilizer exports. Above, workers move bags of fertilizer in China's northwest Qinghai province in 2005.
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Global economic growth will be almost cut in half this year — or will it?

Apr 19, 2022
The IMF forecasts a slowdown in growth from 6.1% in 2021 to 3.6% in 2022. But the pandemic and the war could change its outlook.
The uncertainties of the pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war make it especially difficult to predict future economic conditions. Above, inside the New York Stock Exchange.
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Global food prices reach all-time high

Apr 8, 2022
The United Nations’ index of global food prices rose 12.6% in March, increasing the risk of hunger in the developing world.
In Egypt, the government subsidized bread so much that it costs consumers less than the value of the grain it's made with, leading to waste.
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Could the U.S. have weakened its financial clout by using it to sanction Russia?

Apr 4, 2022
Probably not, but Russia and China are likely to keep looking for ways to avoid U.S.-controlled financial infrastructure.
The U.S. has a lot of leverage in the global financial system — at least for now.
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How Russian sanctions could speed up the corrosion of globalization

Mar 23, 2022
Adam Posen of the Peterson Institute says that could lead to less varied, costlier goods and a more divided and politically uncertain world.
As globalization corrodes, Adam Posen argues, American consumers could see a smaller variety of goods at higher prices.
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Trade deals improve relations with U.S. allies — gradually

Mar 23, 2022
A new trade deal with the U.K. will erase Trump-era tariffs on steel and aluminum imported into the U.S., and motorcycles and whiskey exported to the U.K.
Shipping containers at Seaforth Dock in Liverpool. In the latest trade deal, U.S. tariffs are being replaced with import quotas.
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Central Asia suffers collateral economic damage from Russia's war in Ukraine

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Mar 22, 2022
These neighbors of Russia played no part in Putin’s invasion, but they are caught in the economic crossfire triggered by sanctions.
Kazakhstan's president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, left, meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in February. The value of Kazakhstan's currency has fallen since Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
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