Germany’s insistence on austerity in the euro zone has left Europe more divided than ever and a break-up of the European Union is no longer inconceivable, German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel told Der Spiegel magazine. Gabriel, Social Democrats (SPD), said strenuous efforts by countries like France and Italy to reduce their fiscal deficits came with political risks. Source Reuters
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Singapore stands ready to partner China to jointly build the Belt and Road Initiative, Singapore’s Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong said on Tuesday. Source: China Daily
Cambodian authorities have signed an $880 million contract with Chinese companies, allowing the latter to build a new international airport in Siem Reap next year. Source: People’s Daily
The International Monetary Fund increased its estimate for China’s average annual growth rate through 2020, while warning that it would come at the cost of rising debt that increases medium-term risks to growth. China’s economy will expand at an average pace of 6.4% annually from 2017 through 2020. Source: China Economic Review