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A new and troubling question is suddenly looming for Beijing: will the Trump administration abuse the power of the US dollar to hurt China following Beijing’s plan to impose a new national security law in Hong Kong?While the probability remains very low that China will be treated like Russia or Iran, and US President Donald Trump has not mentioned sanctions against Hong Kong or Chinese financial institutions, the risk of a financial war – including being cut off from the US dollar system – is...
Have we finally reached the turning point where the world economy starts staging a comeback? With coronavirus lockdowns easing in many countries, businesses slowly getting back to work and the world hopeful of a return to normality soon, it’s no surprise that stock markets have been in a more positive mood just lately.But is it just a chimera of recovery and are investors simply jumping the gun? After all, there are precious few signs of recovery evident in any of the real economy numbers…
Google has taken aggressive action to scrub coronavirus conspiracies from its news service and YouTube, at a time when social media companies have come under intense scrutiny for their potential to spread dangerous disinformation about the global pandemic.It has begun labelling misleading videos aimed at US audiences, and has joined with other major internet companies to coordinate a response against what the World Health Organisation has described as an "infodemic".But Google is also placing...
A prime Hong Kong property put on the market by the US government has hardly generated any excitement among the city’s developers, as they weigh the sector’s prospects amid a difficult economic and political climate, while market observers expect the sale may not live up to its top billing.Last Saturday, the US government invited tenders for six multi-storey mansions at 37 Shouson Hill Road with stunning views of Deep Water Bay.
Hong Kong’s business community, backed by some of its famous billionaires, is upbeat on the benefits of a national security law for the city, according to an industry survey, while expressing concerns about foreign sanctions on their operations.About 61 per cent of the respondents said the law will either have a positive or no impact at all on their businesses over the long term, according to the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce.
Chinese government officials told major state-run agricultural companies to pause purchases of some American farm goods including soybeans as Beijing evaluates the ongoing escalation of tensions with the US over Hong Kong, according to people familiar with the situation.State-owned traders Cofco and Sinograin were ordered to suspend purchases, according to one of the people, who asked not to be identified discussing a private matter.
Credit Suisse has taken control of its China securities joint venture, Credit Suisse Founder Securities (CSFS), becoming the latest foreign bank to take advantage as the country opens up its financial services sector.The Swiss bank said on Monday that it had upped its shareholding in CSFS to 51 per cent from 33.3 per cent after the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) granted the bank the approval to become the majority shareholder in April.Credit Suisse promised to continue to invest...
For nearly 60 years, export-led development strategies have propelled economic growth throughout the Asia-Pacific. The famous “four tigers” – South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore – rapidly sped up industrialisation by exporting goods in which they had a comparative advantage, moving quickly up the economic development ladder. Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and others later did the same.In theory, export-led growth works like this: a country’s economy becomes more efficient by shifting the…
A unit of debt-laden Chinese conglomerate HNA Group has been hit with a lawsuit by Deloitte Advisory (Hong Kong), which is suing for HK$4 million (US$515,952) in unpaid service fees, according to a court document seen by the South China Morning Post.Deloitte Advisory, a consultancy unit of "Big Four" international accounting firm Deloitte, submitted a writ on Friday to the Court of Instance at Hong Kong’s High Court against HNA Technology, formerly known as HNA Logistics Group, a Shanghai-based...
Charles Lu Zhengyao, the former billionaire co-founder of scandal-hit Luckin Coffee, appears set to exit from China’s largest car rental firm after agreeing to sell his remaining interest in the company to Beijing Automotive Group.UCAR, an investment unit controlled by Lu, plans to dispose of all its remaining 21.26 per cent stake in Hong Kong-listed Car Inc to Beijing Automotive for an undisclosed price, according to an exchange filing on Monday.
A former Singapore police officer, Derrick Tan readily admits he is not a tech-savvy guy.The Bank of Singapore’s Hong Kong chief executive previously relied on a gaggle of information technology staff to arrange conference calls and set up video conferences.But, the coronavirus pandemic has forced Tan – and his staff of private bankers – to radically adjust how they go about their business and interact with their clients, who already expect a high level of service.
Chinese internet company NetEase aims to raise between HK$21.6 billion and HK$24.2 billion (US$2.8 billion and US$3.1 billion) in fresh capital via a secondary listing in Hong Kong, the video games giant said on Monday, making it one of the largest equity deals so far this year.The offering is expected to be one of several major secondary listings expected in the Hong Kong stock exchange this year, as rising tensions between the US and China have led Washington to question whether Chinese...
The Hong Kong stock market opened higher on Monday, as optimism rose among investors after US President Donald Trump did not extend his threat of punitive actions beyond the city to mainland China.The Hang Seng Index was up 2.5 per cent to 23,539.91, with blue chips, property and consumer stocks leading the gains.
Bankers and other financial services workers in Hong Kong are taking pay cuts of as much as 20 per cent and seeing even sharper hits to their annual bonuses as the city navigates a historic economic downturn spawned by months of anti-government street protests and the coronavirus pandemic, according to headhunters.The pay cuts come amid rising concerns about Hong Kong’s future as an international financial centre and as global lenders slash expenses and slow hiring to navigate a downturn that...
China’s most important political event of the year told investors to expect three key things: stimulus will be put on a diet, stock volatility following China’s move to tighten its control over Hong Kong will offer buying opportunities, and helpful breaks are coming for targeted sectors such as electric vehicles, medical equipment and the 5G network.Of the three, analysts predict the surprise move at the National People’s Congress meeting that ended last week to impose a highly controversial...
If a lack of maintenance undermines a structure’s foundations, the damage can be hidden by a bigger disaster such as an earthquake. Similarly, a sudden heart attack may disguise the patient’s underlying conditions or the poor medical treatment they have received. These are simple analogies for what is happening to the global economy and the international financial system. The economy is in deep recession and the financial system is traumatised, but few are asking why. The assumption is that it…
More Chinese banks are issuing perpetual bonds as a way to replenish capital and support their loan growth, with regulatory incentives spurring 569.6 billion yuan (US$79.6 billion) in total issuance last year for one of the riskiest types of bank debt.But with more unlisted city and rural lenders also issuing perpetual bonds this year, analysts say investors are facing higher risk issuers with weaker governance.
Shenzhen plans to drastically increase the supply of new housing this year, as it ramps up efforts to curb a rapid gain in home prices amid nascent signs of an asset bubble emerging in the post-pandemic period.The city is set to make a further 69,350 flats available by the end of 2020, a significant increase from the 50,434 on sale at the end of May, according to the Shenzhen Housing and Construction Bureau.

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