Facts matter: Understanding what's going on with the economy, trade wars and the Hong Kong protests

News stories this week were speculating about an impending recession because of the ongoing trade war between China and the United States -- all while protests in Hong Kong against the Chinese government were ramping up. These matters are not always well explained by mainstream media. However, the global network of The Conversation has produced several outstanding articles that can help you better understand the complex issues behind these important world events.

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Scott White


Weekend Reads

What is an inverted yield curve? Why is it panicking markets, and why is there talk of recession?

Mark Crosby, Monash University

Precedent suggests that what's happened in the US will lead to a recession, but maybe it'll be different this time.

Canada will antagonize either the U.S. or China with wireless tech decisions

Justin Longo, University of Regina

The place of Huawei in Canada's 5G network, and the associated national security implications, will be a key issue for the next federal government.

Will Trump’s trade war with China ever end?

Charles Hankla, Georgia State University

Trump’s endgame for the US-China trade war still seems elusive as the conflict continues to escalate.

The US branding China a ‘currency manipulator’ threatens global stability

Winnie King, University of Bristol

The US and China have an interdependent economic relationship. If this unravels it will have global ramifications.

Are Trump’s tariffs legal under the WTO? It seems not, and they are overturning 70 years of global leadership

Shiro Armstrong, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University

Illegality doesn't matter when you've kneecapped the umpire who would have enforced the rules.

Beijing is moving to stamp out the Hong Kong protests – but it may have already lost the city for good

Adam Ni, Macquarie University

The Chinese government has a multi-pronged approach to quell the protests –building support among business elites, putting pressure on companies and ramping up its misinformation campaigns.

Hong Kong protests and Brexit could both end up benefiting financial elites

Philip Roscoe, University of St Andrews

Hong Kong’s protesters like many Brexiters seek political freedom – but this may come at a heavy price.

Hong Kong fears losing its rule of law; the rest of the world should worry too

John Garrick, Charles Darwin University

Beijing's view of the rule of law is very different to what most of the rest of the world understands.