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Hong Kong stocks have plunged in their biggest one-day fall in almost five years after China said it will introduce national security law in the territory. The White House said on Sunday that the US will likely impose sanctions on China if the law is enacted.
China’s National People’s Congress has declined to set a gross domestic product target for the first time. Premier Li Keqiang said the pandemic has not come to an end yet and that the country “must redouble efforts to minimize the losses resulting from the virus.” He also pledged to implement the Phase 1 trade deal agreed with the US.
President Xi Jinping said he won’t let the world’s second-largest economy return to its days as a planned economy. He told delegates at the “two sessions” meeting that the country has strengths that will allow it to recover after the Covid-19 pandemic. He also pledged to defend globalisation and reject protectionism.
On Friday, the US government added a further 33 Chinese companies and other institutions to its so-called “entities list”, restricting their ability to receive export licenses for US software and hardware.
On today’s Money Talk, we’re joined by Michelle Lam from Societe Generale and Steve Wang at CITIC CLSA. With a view from mainland China is Shanghai-based Independent Economist, Andy Xie.
25/05/2020 - 8:10am Busines and Market Discussion / View from the mainland
Michelle Lam, Greater China Economist at Societe Generale says that the proposed national security legislation and escalating protests are adding further uncertainty to Hong Kong's local businesses, some of which have only just started to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Steve Wang, Senior Credit Analyst at CITIC CLSA says that Hong Kong’s role as a financial centre for China corporates is weakening and the number of bond issues over the last year has declined.
Andy Xie, Shanghai-based Independent Economist is of the view that China's decision not to set a growth target for this year is understandable, as the figures would be too pessimistic.
The European Union's anti-trust commission has launched an investigation into Amazon regarding suspicions that the online retailer misuses "sensitive data" from independent retailers who sell on the company's site. Anti-trust commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Amazon has a dual role as a retailer selling products on its site and a marketplace where independent traders can sell directly to consumers. When providing a marketplace, she says Amazon appears to collect and use competitively sensitive data about sellers, their products and transactions.
Project Dragonfly, Google's controversial plan to launch a censored search engine in China has been "terminated", Karan Bhatia told the US Senate Judiciary Committee. Work on the project was reported to have ceased late last year but rumours that it remained active persisted.
The Federal Reserve’s Beige Book showed economic activity in the US “continued to expand at a modest pace” and the outlook is for “continued modest growth, despite widespread concerns about the negative impact of trade-related uncertainty”.
On today’s Money Talk we’re joined by Enzio von Pfeil from St. James’s Place and Sunil Kashyap of the Bank of Nova Scotia. Providing the view from Singapore is Justin Kendrick of Ingenia Consultants.In the second half of the programme we talk about the Hong Kong Stock Exchange’s ESG Reporting Guide consultation, which closes tomorrow, with Pat Dwyer and Fiona Donnelly from The Purpose Business. We also look at frontier markets with Ruchir Desai, Fund Manager at Asia Frontier Investments.
18/07/2019 - 8:00-8:20 Market Discussion
Sunil Kashyap, Managing Director of the Bank of Nova Scotia says that the amount of Chinese capital flowing overseas has been reduced and China is diversifying its foreign holdings.
Enzio von Pfeil, Private Wealth Advisor from St. James’s Place believes that US consumers are paying the cost of increased tariffs on Chinese goods.
18/07/2019 - 8:20-8:30 View from Singapore
18/07/2019 - 8:30-8:45 ESG Reporting Guide consultation
Pat Dwyer, Founder and Director of The Purpose Business says that the current consultation paper on ESG reporting guidelines puts the responsibility on company boards to meet the requirements.
Fiona Donnelly, Co-Founder and Business Development Lead from The Purpose Business says that it will be mandatory for listed company to disclose KPIs on ESG.