Chinese market becomes last best hope in virus-ravaged world

BEIJING — Toyota Motor has been quicker than rivals to bounce back in China after the new coronavirus all but shut down the economy, with the Japanese automaker boosting output on the year here in April.

Tatsuro Ueda, its CEO for China, has sent a flurry of directives from the headquarters in Beijing to production sites across the country to get vehicles to as many customers as possible. Toyota seeks to capitalize on stronger demand for personal autos as consumers worry about catching the virus on public transit.

But, like many companies, it also has few alternatives with the pandemic

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China is not strong enough to pull off its bid for world dominance

The security law covers “subversion, terrorism, splittism, and interference by foreign countries or foreign influences”, the same categories that are routinely used within mainland China to crush the slightest flicker of civil dissent. Apologists claiming that this is a minor breach of Hong Kong’s autonomy – and this seems to include the EU’s foreign policy chief – are really saying that nothing should stand in the way of making money. 

Hong Kong’s success is built on the rule of law and an independent judiciary, but that is precisely what the Communist leadership cannot abide. They are incensed that just 60

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Race to run the World Trade Organisation heats up

Others say it’s Africa’s turn. Nigeria’s Yonov Frederick Agah, one of Azevedo’s deputies, and Eloi Laourou, Benin’s ambassador to the United Nations are on the list, along with Hamid Mamdouh, a lawyer and former WTO director of trade in services and investment who was previously a trade negotiator for Egypt. 

Mamdouh argues: “The African aspiration is predicated on the fact that post was never held by an African. The African Union decided last July that the next director-general of the WTO should be from Africa.”

Spain’s foreign minister Arancha González and Dutch trade minister Sigrid Kaag are also said to

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Trump seeks to shape world opinion on China with expanded G-7

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump hopes to invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India to the next Group of Seven summit, signaling his desire to find partners as he blames China for the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Trump said Saturday that he will postpone the G-7 summit from June to September, around the time that the United Nations General Assembly meets. But he also suggested it could be held after the U.S. election in November.

“So it might be a G-10, G-11, and it could be after the election is over,” he said.

Notably missing from the invitation list is

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