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Events

Name organizer Where
“Doing business with Mongolia”, “UK Investors show” бизнес хөтөлбөр March 27-April 02. 2019 ЛОНДОН ХОТ, ИХ БРИТАНИ Mongolian Business Database London UK
SYMPOSIUM ON GLOBAL MARKETS Nationalism and Protectionism: The United States in the International Arena June 17-18, 2019 The Center for American and International Law Plano, Texas, USA The Center for American and International Law (CAILAW) Plano Texas June 17-18 2019
"Open to Export" ICC WTO International business award ICC WTO London

NEWS

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Copper price jumps as China imports hit all-time high www.mining.com

At the end of November copper hit an 18-month high on the back of optimism about the possible impact of president-elect Donald Trump's $500 billion-plus infrastructure plan on the metal, widely used in construction, manufacturing transportation and power industries.

The price has since come off the boil, official customs data from China, responsible for some 45% of global consumption of the red metal, released overnight is helping the metal attempt these height again.

Copper futures trading on New York Comex added a couple of pennies trading near its day high of $2.6915 per pound ($5,934 a tonne) in lunchtime dealings. Copper is up 5.7% this week toCopper price jumps as China imports hit all-time high a one-month high.

China's refined copper imports surged nearly 30% to 490,000 tonnes in December compared to November, boosting imports for 2016 to a new record of 4.95 million tonnes, up just under 3% compared to the 2015 total.

Concentrate imports soared in 2016, with volumes gaining 28% year on year hitting an all-time high of 16.96 million tonnes for the year. December imports declined only 5% from the monthly record of 1.76 million tonnes in November.

Chinese imports compare to global mined production of an estimated 20.4 million tonnes per year.

After underperforming other metals and steelmaking raw materials for the better part of 2016, copper has been playing catch-up and is now up 40% from six-year lows hit mid-January last year.

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Iron ore price: China imports top 1 billion tonnes for first time www.mining.com

The Northern China import price of 62% Fe content ore declined slightly on Friday, but stayed above the $80 per dry metric tonne level after data showed imports by China, top consumer of the steelmaking raw material, hit an all-time high last year.

Trade figures released overnight showed China imported just under 89 million tonnes of iron ore in December, down 3.2% month on month. The value of imports for December was the highest since September 2014 with the benchmark price averaging just under $80 during the month.

Forging more than half the world's steel, Chinese imports of iron ore for the full year 2016 topped one billion tonnes for the first time. The 1.024 billion tonnes constitute a 7.5% increase over the annual total in 2015 and is indicative to what extent exporters from Brazil and Australia has been able to displace domestic producers struggling with low grades and high costs.

The total value of cargoes climbed to just under $58 billion, with the average import price over the course of 2016 at $56.50 per tonne. The all-time record in terms of dollar value was set in January 2014, when the country imported $11.3 billion worth of iron ore back when prices were firmly in triple digit territory.

The all-time record for monthly Chinese imports in terms of volume was in December 2015 with shipments totalling 96.3 million tonnes. But the price of iron ore fell to below $40 a tonne, the lowest in nearly a decade during that month, pushing the value of shipments below $5 billion.

The iron ore price has doubled in value over the past year following near-decade lows of $37 a tonne in December last year according to data supplied by The Steel Index.

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Russian Food Sanctions May Not Be Extended – Deputy Prime Minister www.themoscowtimes.com

Russia’s embargo against Western food imports may come to an end in the near future, according to Russia’s deputy prime minister.

The news comes after warming relations with the West following Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential elections.

“The time has probably come to understand that the sanctions may soon be halted,” Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said today at the Gaidar Forum, an economic conference held in Moscow.

However, this change will not come immediately. Legally, the sanctions end on December 31, 2017, and Shuvalov did not exclude the possibility that they could be further extended.

Still, his words give hope to Russians longing for the taste of Italian parmesan or Polish apples – both of which disappeared from supermarket shelves after the embargo’s imposition.

“All players on the market should be prepared for [the sanctions’ cancellation],” Shuvalov said. “Whether they’ll be extended or not – that’s a question of politics.”

In August 2014, Russian authorities imposed sanctions against food products produced in the European Union, the United States, and several other Western countries. The embargo came as a response to Western sanctions on Russia for annexing the Crimean peninsula and intervening in eastern Ukraine.

The sanctions led the authorities to summarily bulldoze and otherwise destroy pallets of food products deemed illegal under the embargo. It also contributed to a rapid decrease in the quality and safety of food sold in Russian supermarkets.

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Japanese diplomats to discuss business in Africa www.nhk.or.jp

Japanese diplomats working in Africa will meet to discuss ways to help Japanese businesses procure natural resources from the resource-rich continent.

Representatives from the Japanese embassies in 20 African countries will gather on Tuesday and Wednesday in Pretoria, the capital of South Africa. The Foreign Ministry says the meeting will be the first of its kind.

The participants will discuss what specific assistance they can extend to Japanese firms trying to do business in Africa.

Some African countries are politically unstable and tensions often exist between ethnic groups in those countries. Thus, building ties with influential government figures is deemed crucial for firms wishing to operate on the continent.
The Japanese diplomatic missions have long been reluctant to directly support private firms.

Japan is now lagging behind China in securing drilling rights for oil and mineral resources in Africa. Last year, China acquired the rights for large-scale copper and cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Chinese government is known to be working aggressively to acquire such rights in Africa by working jointly with the private sector.

Ministry officials say Japan's advanced technology and investment, when aligned with the needs of African countries, will generate meaningful results for all the parties.

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Shenzhen to build overseas industrial innovation centers www.chinadaily.com

 

Shenzhen will accelerate the construction of a number of overseas and industrial innovation centers this year as part of its efforts to ramp up innovation-driven economic growth.

The city in southern Guangdong province plans to build 10 overseas innovation centers in countries and regions where there are abundant resources - such as the US, Canada and Europe - to absorb and make use of the innovative skilled staff located there.

Shenzhen Mayor Xu Qin mapped out the initiative in his government work report on Friday, when the Shenzhen people's congress kicked off.

"We will formulate special plans to support enterprises and organizations, to set up 10 innovation centers overseas to create an international collaborative innovation platform and gather innovative talent from across the world," Xu said, adding that the first four will start construction this year.

"To implement the action plans of Internet Plus and 'Made in China 2025', we also plan to build 10 manufacturing innovation centers in such areas as robotics, 3D printing and new energy vehicles to enhance our capability in high-end, precise and smart manufacturing," Xu added.

Known as the country's innovation hub, Shenzhen has been taking the lead in China in pursuing an innovation-driven economic development model.

Investment in research and development by the city amounted to more than 80 billion yuan ($11.6 billion) last year, accounting for 4.1 percent of its total gross domestic product. The number of its national high-tech companies increased by 2,513 in 2016, triple the growth a year earlier, to 8,037.

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Chelsea given planning permission for new 60,000-seater stadium www.itv.com

Chelsea have been given the green light to build a new 60,000-seater stadium at Stamford Bridge after winning planning approval for the project.
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The club's hopes of redeveloping their current home received a boost on Wednesday evening when Hammersmith and Fulham Council's planning and development control committee voted unanimously in favour of the scheme.
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A statement on the club's official website, said:
More than a year ago, a planning application for a new stadium at Stamford Bridge with an expanded seating capacity was submitted to our local council, Hammersmith & Fulham.

Over the past 12 months, we have consulted widely with neighbouring residents, local businesses, statutory authorities and continued to work closely with the council.

The council's planning committee considered the application and we are grateful that planning permission was granted for the redevelopment of our historic home.

The committee decision does not mean that work can begin on site. This is just the latest step, although a significant one, that we have to take before we can commence work, including obtaining various other permissions.

The estimated £500million cost of the work would be funded by club owner Roman Abramovich, although there is still some way to go before it can begin.

Chelsea will still need full planning consent, which they hope to achieve by working closely with council officers, and to complete the detailed design of the stadium and finalise logistical plans for the site and the surrounding area.

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50 percent of waste could be recycled www.gogo.mn


There are 357 authorized landfill sites in rural areas. However, only 68 of the landfills bury waste under layers of soil.
As of 2015, total 2.3 million tons of waste were taken to 371 landfills. 
50 percent of waste could be recycled. However, less than 1 percent of total waste are being reused, recycled and exported throughout Mongolia. 
Thus, Ministry of Environment and Tourism is working to approve the amended law on waste by State Great Khural. 
The amended law on waste will regulate not only regular waste but also radioactive and hazardous waste of the country, which is estimated to be around 29-58 thousand tons per year.
 
 
 
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China posts worst export fall since 2009 as fears of U.S. trade war loom www.reuters.com

 
China's massive export engine sputtered for the second year in a row in 2016, with shipments falling in the face of persistently weak global demand and officials voicing fears of a trade war with the United States that is clouding the outlook for 2017.
 
In one week, China's leaders will see if President-elect Donald Trump makes good on a campaign pledge to brand Beijing a currency manipulator on his first day in office, and starts to follow up on a threat to slap high tariffs on Chinese goods.
 
Even if the Trump administration takes no concrete action immediately, analysts say the specter of deteriorating U.S.-China trade and political ties is likely to weigh on the confidence of exporters and investors worldwide.
 
The world's largest trading nation posted gloomy data on Friday, with 2016 exports falling 7.7 percent and imports down 5.5 percent. The export drop was the second annual decline in a row and the worst since the depths of the global crisis in 2009.
 
It will be tough for foreign trade to improve this year, especially if the inauguration of Trump and other major political changes limit the growth of China's exports due to greater protectionist measures, the country's customs agency said on Friday.
 
"The trend of anti-globalization is becoming increasingly evident, and China is the biggest victim of this trend," customs spokesman Huang Songping told reporters.
 
"We will pay close attention to foreign trade policy after Trump is inaugurated president,” Huang said. Trump will be sworn in on Jan. 20.
 
China's trade surplus with the United States was $366 billion in 2015, according to U.S. customs data, which Trump could seize on in a bid to bring Beijing to the negotiating table to press for concessions, economists at Bank of America Merrill Lynch said in a recent research note.
 
A sustained trade surplus of more than $20 billion against the United States is one of three criteria used by the U.S. Treasury to designate another country as a currency manipulator.
 
China is likely to point out that its own data showed the surplus fell to $250.79 billion in 2016 from $260.91 billion in 2015, but that may get short shrift in Washington.
 
"Our worry is that Trump’s stance towards China’s trade could bring about long-term structural weakness in China’s exports," economists at ANZ said in a note.
 
"Trump’s trade policy will likely motivate U.S. businesses to move their manufacturing facilities away from China, although the latter’s efforts in promoting high-end manufacturing may offset part of the loss."
 
On Wednesday, China may have set off a warning shot to the Trump administration that it is prepared to push back. Beijing announced even higher anti-dumping duties on imports of certain animal feed from the United States than it proposed last year.
 
"Instead of caving in and trying to prepare voluntary export restraints like Japan did with their auto exports back in the 1980s, we believe China would start by strongly protesting against the labeling with the IMF, but not to initiate more aggressive retaliation ... immediately," the BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research report said.
 
"That said, even a 'war of words' could weaken investor confidence not only in the U.S. and China, but globally."
 
CHINA'S DECEMBER EXPORTS FALL
 
China's December exports fell by a more-than-expected 6.1 percent on-year, while imports beat forecasts slightly, growing 3.1 percent on its strong demand for commodities from coal to iron ore which has helped buoy global resources prices.
 
An unexpected 0.1 percent rise in shipments in November, while scant, had raised hopes that sluggish global demand for Chinese goods was turning around.
 
China reported a trade surplus of $40.82 billion for December, versus November's $44.61 billion.
 
While the export picture has been grim all year, with shipments rising in only two months out of 12, import trends have been more encouraging of late, pointing to a pick-up in domestic demand as companies brought in more raw materials from iron ore to copper to help feed a construction boom.
 
Indeed, China imported record amounts of crude oil, iron ore, copper and soybeans in 2016, plus large volumes of coal used for heating and in steelmaking.
 
"Trade protectionism is on the rise but China is relying more on domestic demand," said Wen Bin, an economist at Minsheng Bank in Beijing.
 
Prolonged weakness in exports has forced China's government to rely on higher spending and massive lending to boost the economy, at the risk of adding to a huge pile of debt which some analysts warn is nearing danger levels. [nL4N1F23BM]
 
But signs are growing that the red-hot property market may have peaked, meaning China may have less appetite this year for imports of raw materials.
 
"It is hard to see what could drive a more substantial recovery in Chinese trade," Julian Evans-Pritchard, China Economist at Capital Economics, wrote in a note.
 
"Further upside to economic activity, both in China and abroad, is probably now limited given declines in trend growth. Instead, the risks to trade lie to the downside...," he said, saying the chance of a damaging China-U.S. trade spat has risen since Trump's appointment of hardliners to lead trade policy.
 
A decline in China's trade surplus in 2016, to just under $510 billion from $594 billion in 2015, may also reduce authorities' ability to offset capital outflow pressures, which have helped drive its yuan currency to more than eight-year lows, ANZ economists said.
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Steve Jobses continue to be born ... in China www.asia.nikkei.com

 
CHONQING -- The man who championed computers as tools that would enrich people's lives, then decades later introduced us to the smartphone and put apps in our pockets, is now, more than five years after his death, helping to spawn a wave of like-minded entrepreneurs in China.
 
Steve Jobs is so revered in the country that one entrepreneur after the other has been knighted "the Steve Jobs of China."
 
The first to gain the title was Jack Ma Yun, chairman of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding. Ma quit a teaching job in 1999 to start a business that would go on to become one of the world's largest companies.
 
But it has been bestowed upon many others. Feng Jun, head of Aigo Digital Technology, which emerged as a maker of portable music players around the time of the Beijing Olympics, succeeded Ma as the next Steve Jobs of China.
 
More recently, Lei Jun, CEO of rapidly flourishing smartphone maker Xiaomi, has followed. Huang Zhang, head of Zhuhai Meizu Technology, one of the leading candidates for greatness in the post-Xiaomi race, has also made the list. Jia Yueting, chairman of LeEco -- which began as a video streaming service before diversifying into TV services, smartphones and environmentally friendly vehicles -- has also worn the halo.
 
Many Chinese dream of becoming huge successes. The number of Chinese citizens in the Hurun Report ranking of wealthy individuals with assets of 2 billion yuan ($289 million) or more increased by 179, to 2,056, in 2016. Of them, at least 68 were born in 1980 or later. Most in this subset head information technology ventures.
 
Although most Chinese university students prefer stable jobs, either in the public sector or at big companies, about 3%, or just over 200,000, start their own businesses after graduating. Close to half of university graduates are said to want to start businesses after gaining some work experience.
 
The government has begun helping would-be entrepreneurs gain funding.
 
Some question whether the Steve Jobses of China are really producing any new value, and some of their companies are losing momentum. Yet entrepreneurs wishing to become the next Jobsian guru are in fact invigorating Chinese society and driving economic growth.
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Foxconn-Sharp considering LCD plant in US www.asia.nikkei.com

 
OSAKA -- Hon Hai Precision Industry and its Japanese subsidiary Sharp have begun studying the possibility of building a liquid crystal display panel plant in the U.S., a Sharp executive said Friday.
 
The plan is "on the table," the executive said. "We will make a decision carefully."
 
The Taiwanese electronics contract manufacturer, also known as Foxconn, and its Japanese alliance partner SoftBank Group reportedly told Donald Trump they would jointly make significant investments creating new jobs in the U.S. when SoftBank Chairman Masayoshi Son met the President-elect in New York last month.
 
The joint investment plan was proposed by Son, the Sharp executive said.
 
With Trump urging American manufacturers to bring operations back to the U.S., Hon Hai is considering production in the U.S. due to its huge market for TVs and other home appliances.
 
In late December, an LCD panel maker jointly owned by Hon Hai and Sharp announced it would build one of the world's largest panel plants for LCD TVs in Guangzhou, China. The plant is to be jointly built with the local government at a cost of around 1 trillion yen ($8.69 billion) and is scheduled for completion in autumn 2018.
 
Details of the possible new U.S. plant, including the amount of investment and the date for the launch of operations, have yet to be decided. But people familiar with the plan said approximately the same amount may be spent on the U.S. project as it would entail the construction of a similar facility to to the one in Guangzhou.
 
Hon Hai, a major producer for Apple, is also considering iPhone production to the U.S.
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