Given the rich commercial opportunities available during this time of year, international brands have increasingly looked to capitalize on the holiday, with companies such as Apple, Burberry and football giant Manchester United over the years releasing Spring Festival inspired products and advertisements to coincide with the celebration.
With unprecedented fires scorching much of Australia and the WEF working hard to push the climate debate to the top of the event’s agenda, the stage was well prepared for the so-called ‘Climate Showdown’ between Donald Trump and Greta Thunberg.
2020 follows on from a year in which the world’s economy grew at its slowest pace since the global financial crisis, and the continued rise of protectionist policies and trade disputes.
Though the United States remains Japan and South Korea’s most important trade and security partner, and an important trading partner of China, its actions in the region show it is acting out of step with the three, and appears more side-lined than ever before.
It is hoped that in the current climate of economic uncertainty and a worrying slowdown witnessed in global GDP growth, the FIL will alleviate [business] concerns, encourage investment into China and also reestablish confidence within the international business community.
Whilst the outcome of the 2019 General Election may be the first step towards uniting a bitterly divided British public over Brexit – it could also mark the first step towards the break-up of the United Kingdom.