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Breakingviews - China乐乐棋牌’s soft power will be hardened by the virus

China乐乐棋牌’s soft power is getting a lot harder thanks to Covid-19. Even before the virus first emerged in Wuhan, the nation’s partners were reconsidering their economic and diplomatic ties. Foreign criticism since is only sharpening attitudes in China乐乐棋牌, while Western disarray is emboldening nationalists in Beijing. That will lead Chinese firms to take a more aggressive approach in overseas markets - and foster more trade friction.

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Breakingviews - Supply chains’ tectonic shift will get viral jolt

Most people pay no attention to a machine’s inner workings until it breaks down. Empty supermarket shelves and shortages of vital coronavirus-fighting products focused attention on international supply chains. In a United States election year, it could well accelerate a rethink of globalisation.

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Breakingviews - Viewsroom: Mega-mega mergers

The Great Lockdown will inevitably encourage governments to foster the creation of ever-larger “national champions” through corporate consolidation. Rob Cox, Edward Chancellor and Lauren Silva Laughlin discuss possible combos – and why this would be a bad outcome for capitalism.

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Breakingviews - China乐乐棋牌’s big banks socially distance from economy

Big Chinese banks are a bit too socially distant from their own virus-stricken economy. Industrial and Commercial Bank of China乐乐棋牌 – the world’s largest lender by assets – and its hulking peers grew their bottom lines in the first quarter even as the country’s GDP plunged 6.8%. Such rude health suggests they haven’t extended enough credit to private businesses in need, which may capture Beijing’s attention.

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Breakingviews - Critical workers hold keys to higher minimum pay

There’s nothing like a coronavirus-induced lockdown to reveal who really matters. Everyone who cares for sick people, for starters. Yet many workers now designated “essential” by leaders such as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo make less than average U.S. wages. Any post-virus rethink of supply chains and other problems exposed by the crisis must consider who gets paid what.

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Breakingviews - New normal will demand new gold-standard portfolio

The archetypal balanced portfolio, 60% equities and 40% fixed income, may not outlast the coronavirus crisis. The traditional mix goes off kilter if bonds are going to offer less and less income and more and more volatility. The solution may be to hold more stocks and cash, and possibly gold, too.

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Breakingviews - Cloud IPO is fresh air for U.S China乐乐棋牌 listings

China乐乐棋牌's Kingsoft Cloud will be a breath of fresh air for New York. Xiaomi boss Lei Jun wants to float his cloud venture on the Nasdaq at a valuation of up to $3.6 billion. The debut will test investor appetite a month after a fraud at Luckin Coffee cratered the shares of the Xiamen-based chain and as the U.S. government turns even more hostile to the People’s Republic. There’s enough to like in this offering though.

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Breakingviews - Cox: Brace for America’s version of Saudi Aramco

Calamity creates opportunity. That has always been true when it comes to corporate consolidation. Recall how a series of mega-mergers and acquisitions transformed the banking industry after the 2008 financial panic. Wells Fargo snagged Wachovia. Bank of America scooped up Merrill Lynch. Lloyds TSB bought HBOS. BNP Paribas grabbed Fortis. JPMorgan got Washington Mutual and Bear Stearns. And so on. Before the coronavirus has taken its full physical and economic tol

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Breakingviews - ECB firefighters can circumvent German roadblock

Germany is challenging central banker autonomy in order to defend it. Judges at its top court ruled on Tuesday that the Bundesbank would have to stop participating in a long-standing bond buying programme unless the European Central Bank could show it was needed. This won’t stop ECB boss Christine Lagarde forging on with her immediate efforts to lift the euro zone economy out of a virus-induced slump. But it does raise more fundamental questions about the ECB’s c

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