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Ben Chu is The Independent's economics editor. Previously he was the newspaper's chief leader writer. He is the author of 'Chinese Whispers: Why everything you've heard about China is wrong' (2013). Follow him on Twitter: @BenChu_. Contact him on email via

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What did the Chinese do during the Great War?, Eagle Eye

What did the Chinese do during the Great War?

An alliance of Chinese British political and social organisations have launched a campaign to raise public awareness of the efforts of the Chinese in the First World War.

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 14 August 2014 at 5:40 pm

Britain’s trade headache could be about to get worse, Chunomics

Britain’s trade headache could be about to get worse

Net trade could easily slip from making zero contribution to growth to being an outright drag over the coming years.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Friday, 8 August 2014 at 1:51 pm

What’s really happening to rents?, Chunomics

What’s really happening to rents?

Rents have been rising in real terms according to HomeLet, even though the Office for National Statistics says they are becoming more affordable. Why the divergence?

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 29 July 2014 at 7:55 pm

Paul Fisher: the full transcript, Chunomics

Paul Fisher: the full transcript

I’ve interviewed Paul Fisher, who this month attended his final Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee meeting. He is now deputy head of the Bank’s Prudential Regulation Authority.

Here’s the full transcript below for those who are interested in monetary policy and financial regulation.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 23 July 2014 at 12:01 am

Those incredible spending cuts continued…, Chunomics

Those incredible spending cuts continued…

The collective day-to-day spending of all those other departments – Business, Home Office, Justice, Environment, Culture etc – would fall from £94.6bn in 2011/12 to just £29.7bn in 2018/19. That’s a real terms cut of 70%.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Monday, 7 July 2014 at 2:09 pm

Is business investment really back this time?, Chunomics

Is business investment really back this time?

I think it’s reasonable to hope business investment growth will, this time, be sustained. But after the disappointments of recent years we should be wary of taking anything for granted.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Friday, 27 June 2014 at 11:40 am

Don’t underestimate the productivity gap, Chunomics

Don’t underestimate the productivity gap

Ian McCafferty is implicitly assuming that trend productivity growth has been lost forever and the only element to be explained is the shortfall relative to 2007. That makes the rest of his analysis, I would argue, inherently pessimistic.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 25 June 2014 at 2:30 pm

UK and China trade: “The figures tell the story”, Chunomics

UK and China trade: “The figures tell the story”

Let’s not kid ourselves that we’re, yet, outstripping our European peers when it comes to exporting to China

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 18 June 2014 at 12:20 pm

Adair Turner: the full transcript, Chunomics

Adair Turner: the full transcript

* Backs a 50p top rate of tax, but not a mansion tax
* Admits that the merger of Lloyds and HBOS during the financial crisis was a mistake
* Treasury resisted pressure from former Bank of England Governor Mervyn King to put more capital into RBS
* Outlines why he disagrees with the present Governor, Mark Carney, on the desirability of rising debt to GDP levels

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Thursday, 12 June 2014 at 9:56 am

Cameron the productivity destroyer, Chunomics

Cameron the productivity destroyer

It’s one-eyed to hype the jobs figures over the past four years without mentioning the fact that output growth has been abysmal.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 11 June 2014 at 2:05 pm

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