Trade and Capital Wars

The trade war has taken a new turn with further calls to “decouple” the global supply chains, as more US sanctions threaten to curtail the flow of electronic goods (1). Many nations are now calling for more domestically produced essential goods (2) as they are pressured by the US to cut economic ties with China (3) and look for alternatives in India (4) and Southeast Asia.

Tensions are spilling over into the stock market with tightening regulations (5) and major US-based investors pushed to divest from China. This was largely due to the questions of ethics and human rights (6). Speculation of a voluntary delisting has hit the stock price of some major Chinese Megacaps (7) and has pushed China into a five-year independence plan (8).

The German Federal Intelligence Service has concluded that the WHO colluded with China to delay the release of critical COVID-19 information (9), prompting the US to terminate its relationship with the WHO (10).

China might not make it out of COVID-19 with its reputation intact (11), as more nations start to question the CCP's behaviour and investigate China's possible involvement in economic coercion (12) and manipulation against nations that subvert their national interests (13).

The shift from trade war to cold war could eventually lead to China either having its access to Western stock markets revoked or forced to adhere to higher standards of transparency (14) and to ensure the absence of governmental control (15).

Tightening Western regulations could see listings in Hong Kong’s exchange rise (16) as Chinese corporations look for accommodative platforms with access to foreign money. However, the laying of blame is likely to further exasperate fraying global connections (17) and frustrate attempts to maintain peace (18).

 

References

  1. World's Largest Contract Chipmaker Halts Deliveries To Huawei As New US Sanctions Bite

  2. US-China decoupling is much harder than Donald Trump thinks - Nikkei Asian Review

  3. "Polite Deflection Will No Longer Cut It" - US Pressures Israel To Sever Economic Ties With China

  4. India rolls out red carpet for hundreds of American firms that Washington wants out of China

  5. Here comes the US crackdown on China stocks

  6. Blackrock Pressed To Divest of All Chinese Assets By NPLC After COVID, Human Rights Abuses

  7. China's Baidu Considers Delisting From Nasdaq; Stock Tumbles, Drags Chinese Megacaps Lower

  8. China five-year plan to focus on independence as US decoupling threat grows

  9. German intelligence says China’s Xi pressured WHO to delay global warnings about COVID-19 in January

  10. Trump announces he's 'terminating' the US's relationship with the World Health Organization

  11. China’s Coronavirus Diplomacy Has Finally Pushed Europe Too Far

  12. Business feels the fear in Australia-China trade dispute

  13. Beijing slaps tariffs on Australian barley; enough toadying to US on China hostility

  14. Nasdaq to tighten requirements for companies seeking to list

  15. Potential impact on Chinese Internet ADRs from the "Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act"

  16. US Senate’s bill to fence off Wall Street from Chinese companies

  17. Trump is right about one thing: The World Health Organization deserves some blame for the pandemic

  18. A US move to seek coronavirus pandemic damages from China might well trigger war