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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has certified to Congress that Hong Kong no longer maintains a high degree of autonomy from China and therefore no longer merits special treatment under US law. The US Congress could now revoke Hong Kong's special trade status, jeopardising billions of dollars’ worth of trade between Hong Kong and the US. The Hong Kong government has told the American Chamber of Commerce in the city that it's "unhelpful" to spread rumours and fear or speculate on the details of Beijing's national security law for Hong Kong when it's not even been drafted yet. The chamber has raised concerns that the law could jeopardise business prospects and stoke fears among foreign nationals over their safety. The European Commission has proposed a €750 billion (US$825bn) recovery fund consisting of grants and loans for every EU state to help the EU tackle the Covid-19 pandemic. The Japanese government is preparing a new 117.1 trillion-yen (US$1.1 trillion) stimulus package. That brings the total amount Japan has spent on combating the Covid-19 pandemic to 234 trillion yen, roughly 40% of Japan’s GDP. The fall in Chinese industrial profits slowed in April dropping 27.4% y/y to 1.26 trillion yuan in the January to April period compared to a 36.7% drop in January to March. On today’s Money Talk, we’re joined by Quentin Webb from the Wall Street Journal and John Schofield of Apastron Investment.
28/05/2020 - 8:10am Business and Market Discussion
John Schofield, Executive Director at Apastron Investment says that US sanctions on China could also harm Hong Kong and warns that both sides will need to carefully calculate their actions.
Quentin Webb, Asia Markets Editor at the Wall Street Journal says that US tariffs on China could end prospects of a further trade deal between the two countries.
Calls are growing in Hong Kong for a general strike tomorrow, the day of the second reading of the extradition bill. Local van-hailing company CALL4VAN announced it would cease operations for the day and called for other local businesses and workers to join them. The call was heeded by more than 50 other companies including department store AbouThai which announced that all its 13 stores will close on Wednesday.
Donald Trump has warned Xi Jinping that additional tariffs of 25% on US$300bn of goods will be levied immediately if the Chinese President doesn’t meet him at the G20 summit in Osaka later this month. Mr. Trump said in an interview with CNBC that he believed their countries' differences could be worked out very quickly but if Mr Xi didn’t show up then “the best deal we can have is 25% on $600bn.”
President Trump has also accused the Federal Reserve of being “very disruptive” to the US for not cutting interest rates. He said China devalues its currency putting them at “tremendous competitive advantage but we don’t have that advantage because we have a Fed that doesn’t lower interest rates.”
Joining today’s Money Talk are Nitin Dialdas of Mandarin Capital and David Roche at Independent Strategy. Providing the view from Japan is Nick Smith from CLSA in Tokyo.
11/06/2019 - 8:09 Business and Market Discussions
Nitin Dialdas, Chief Investment Officer of Mandarin Capital, comments that President Trump’s tariffs will hurt the US economy ultimately.
David Roche, President and Global Strategist at Independent Strategy, expects that the Hong Kong extradition bill will affect the local economy and investor confidence.
11/06/2019 - 8:25 View from Japan