Peter Lewis: A fast moving and topical business and finance show.
A fast moving and topical business and finance show bringing you breaking business and economic news and financial market updates. Presented by former CEO and investment bank global trading head Peter Lewis, with over 30 years' industry experience. Join Peter and his expert guests for analysis and discussion on the day's top business stories live every weekday morning (Mon - Thu 8 to 9 a.m.; Fri 8 to 8:30 a.m.) on RTHK Radio 3. We have a podcast to download after the show and you can also listen through the RTHK Radio 3 website live or later in the day. We welcome your questions, comments and feedback to read out in the show. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, post on our Facebook page "Money Talk on RTHK Radio 3 " or find us on twitter "MoneytalkRadio3") .
China’s State Council has unveiled a detailed plan for wide-ranging reforms for Shenzhen. The blueprint calls for the city to integrate its economy and culture with Hong Kong and Macau and to rank among the best in the world by 2025 in economic strength, competitiveness and innovation.
The US Commerce Department has granted a temporary reprieve for Chinese telecoms firm Huawei to buy components from US firms for another 90 days. However, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross added a further 46 Huawei affiliates to the US export blacklist.
Facebook and Twitter say they have shut down hundreds of Chinese state-backed disinformation campaigns on their platforms that sought to “sow political discord in Hong Kong”. Twitter said it has discovered 936 accounts originating from China, that were “deliberately and specifically trying to undermine the legitimacy and political positions of the protest movement on the ground”.
Joining us on today’s Money Talk to discuss the Hong Kong economy and the government’s latest stimulus plan is James Lau, the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury in the HKSAR Government. That’s after 8:30. Before that, reviewing the latest business and finance headlines, are Connie Bolland at Economic Research Analysis and Pete Sweeney from Reuters Breakingviews. Providing the view from Japan is Naoyuki Yoshino, Dean & CEO of the Asian Development Bank Institute.
20/08/2019 - 8:08 Business & Market Discussions
Connie Bolland, Founder & Chief Economist at Economic Research Analysis, comments that it’s much easier for Shenzhen to build a technology centre rather than a financial centre, which requires vital ingredients such as the free flow of capital and also credibility that takes time to establish.
Pete Sweeney, Asia Editor from Reuters Breakingviews, comments that the 90-day extension for Huawei reveals how much Chinese companies are dependent on American technology, without which their overseas sales will decline sharply.
20/08/2019 - 8:25 View from Japan
Naoyuki Yoshino, Dean & CEO of the Asian Development Bank Institute, says that Japan has to follow the US and Europe if their central banks decide to ease monetary policy, but Prof. Yoshino also points out that having too loose a monetary policy will have a negative impact in the coming years and may also lead to a big bubble in the Asian economies.
20/08/2019 - 8:34 HK's Multi-billion Dollar Relief Measures & Subsidies
Hong Kong’s Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, James Lau, says that the SAR government is seriously concerned about the slowdown in the local and global economy, and has introduced HK$19bn of relief measures. Talking about the ongoing protests, Mr. Lau says that the government is looking forward to engaging in open-minded dialogue with the public after disruptive actions such as blocking government buildings and disrupting traffic have been stopped.
The Trump Administration has delayed the introduction of an additional 10% tariffs on some Chinese goods until 15 December. Products that have been given the three-month reprieve include laptops and cellphones and represent more than half of the US$300 billion of products originally affected.
Anti-government protesters have caused flights to be suspended at Hong Kong International Airport for a second day and protestors involved in violent clashes with the police. The airport has been the site of protests for five consecutive days. Earlier in the day Hong Kong Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, issued a fresh warning to protesters. She said Hong Kong had "reached a dangerous situation" and that violence during protests would push it "down a path of no return".
On today’s Money Talk, we have with us Stewart Aldcroft of CitiTrust, Mark Michelson from IMA Asia and on the phone from Washington D.C., RTHK’s International Economics Correspondent, Barry Wood. After 8:30, we talk with Antony Dapiran, Hong Kong-based writer and lawyer and Author of “City of Protest: A Recent History of Dissent in Hong Kong.” We also look at how China is investing in infrastructure across the Belt & Road corridor with Ada Li from Moody's Investors Service.
14/08/2019 - 8:09 Business & Market Discussions
Stewart Aldcroft, Chairman of CitiTrust, has an optimistic view of the US-China trade talks, after The Trump Administration postponed some of the tariff increases on Chinese goods to December.
Mark Michelson, Chairman of Asia CEO Forum of IMA Asia, comments that Japan may work on some mini agreements that do not require congressional approval in order to move forward in reaching a US-Japan trade deal.
RTHK’s International Economics Correspondent Barry Wood says the reason for the tariff delay is to protect consumers during the Christmas shopping season.
14/08/2019 - 8:34 HK Protests - Change of Tactics
14/08/2019 - 8:48 China Overseas Infrastructure Investment