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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 World Trade Organization has slashed its forecast for global trade growth by more than half this year, warning that the slowdown could hit living standards and jobs. The WTO said it expected trade volumes to grow by 1.2% in 2019, down from its previous prediction of 2.6% made in April. The organisation also cut its forecast for global economic growth this year from 2.6% to 2.3%.
Manufacturing activity in the US has hit a 10-year low. Exports, new orders and employment all contracted amid the worsening US-China trade war.
Japan has raised it sales tax for the first time in five years. The rate was hiked from 8% to 10% yesterday despite fears over the weak economy.
On today’s Money Talk we’re joined by Stewart Aldcroft from CitiTrust, Peter Churchouse of Portwood Capital and RTHK’s International Economics Correspondent, Barry Wood.
02/10/2019 - 8:08 Business and Market Discussions
Stewart Aldcroft, Chairman of CitiTrust, says he is positive about the UK leaving the EU with a deal and he expects that Brexit will happen by the end of October.
Peter Churchouse, Founder of Portwood Capital, comments that politicians have been making the global economy worse and relying on central banks to come to the rescue by lowering interest rates.
RTHK’s International Economics Correspondent Barry Wood sees further reductions in global GDP projections coming up because of slowing trade brought about by the US-China dispute.