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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.
Hong Kong's economy grew by 0.5% in the second quarter compared to the same period last year, missing estimates for growth of 0.6%. It’s the slowest growth since the global financial crisis. On a quarter-on-quarter basis GDP shrank by 0.4%. Protesters marched through Hong Kong for an eleventh successive weekend, with an estimated 1.7 million people demanding reforms. Financial Secretary Paul Chan warned yesterday Hong Kong should brace itself for an “economic typhoon.” President Trump said if Beijing uses violence in Hong Kong, it would make a trade deal with China hard.
Joining today’s Money Talk to review the latest business, finance and economic headlines are Alex Wong at Ample Capital and Samuel Faveur of Mandarin Capital. Providing the view from the Mainland is Ben Cavender at the China Market Research Group. After 8:30 we discuss innovation & technology in Hong Kong with Wong Kam-fai from the Chinese University of Hong Kong; Sankar Villupuram from ARUP; Ernest Lo, Founder of Future Impact Lab and Naubahar Sharif from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
19/08/2019 - 8:09 Business & Market Discussions
Alex Wong, Director of Asset Management at Ample Capital, says he is not optimistic about Hong Kong’s stock market until a political solution is found to the social unrest, but he is more positive on Chinese A-shares.
Samuel Faveur, CEO and Founder of Mandarin Capital, comments that it’s difficult to forecast how long the economic downturn in Hong Kong will last, since the main components of the economy including retail, tourism and exports are being dragged down by the protests and the international situation.
19/08/2019 - 8:24 View from China
19/08/2019 - 8:35 Monday Debate: Innovation & Tech in HK
Wong Kam-fai, Director of the Center for Innovation and Technology at the Chinese University, comments that although Hong Kong is moving forward in developing innovation and technology, the pace is still slow compared to other cities in Guangdong.
Sankar Villupuram, Digital Services Leader in East Asia from ARUP, points out that the internationally high-ranked universities in Hong Kong and the education system here have laid an important foundation for innovation to develop.
Ernest Lo, Founder of Future Impact Lab, expresses his concern that Hong Kong does have talent but is finding problems in keeping people.
Naubahar Sharif, Associate Professor at the Division of Social Science of HK University of Science and Technology, says that attracting foreign talent to the city goes beyond innovation and tech to areas like the government's policies and the quality of life in Hong Kong.