By Andrew Galbraith and Daniel Leussink SHANGHAI/TOKYO (Reuters) - Not for the first time, China's markets are marching to their own beat. Just as investors come to terms with a bleak outlook for global growth and earnings, with weak German industrial and trade data just the latest portents of gloom, China's economy may be bottoming out, helped by Beijing's early moves to prop up a stuttering economy. At the same time, Chinese regulators' drive to open up financial markets to foreign involvement is making the country more accessible, and a potentially rich target for foreign investors looking to diversify. "The more you see stabilisation of the Chinese growth story - and I think you'll see that coming through in the middle of the year - the more comfortable you'll be with looking at the debt and equity side of things in China," said Kerry Craig, Global Market Strategist at J.P. Morgan Asset Management in Melbourne. To be fair, global markets are having a good year. Index provider … [Read more...] about Out-of-sync and out-performing China markets lure foreign inflows
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Published March 29, 2019 Features Associated Press Facebook Twitter Comments Print Image 1 of 2 ▼ China's Vice Premier Liu He, right, shakes hands with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin as they pose for a group photo at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing Friday, March 29, 2019. (Nicolas Asfouri/Pool Photo via AP) Chinese and U.S. negotiators adjourned trade talks in Beijing on Friday with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin saying they had been "constructive." Continue Reading Below Neither side gave any details on whether the talks made progress on issues preventing them from reaching an agreement to end a wide-ranging dispute over technology and industrial policy between the world's two biggest economies. Mnuchin said in a tweet Friday that he and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer had "concluded constructive trade talks." "I look forward to welcoming China's Vice Premier Liu He to continue these important discussions … [Read more...] about Mnuchin: China, US trade talks in Beijing “constructive”
A dark cloud has lifted from over the trade talks between the U.S. and China. For months, the prospect that President Donald Trump or his close associates could be accused of collusion with Russia has thrown a shadow over the administration’s trade negotiations with China. Sunday’s release of the special counsel’s conclusions, which largely ended the threat of impeachment, give China more incentive to agree to a deal, according to many experts.“This will be seen as a win for the President. And therefore, on balance, it will be seen as strengthening the U.S. negotiating position,” Kevin Rudd, president of the Asia Society Policy Institute and former Australian prime minister, said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” Monday morning. John Rutledge, SAFANAD Chief Investment Officer, agreed with CNBC “Worldwide Exchange” anchor that the end of the Mueller investigation and exoneration of Trump would “open up the possibility for … [Read more...] about Mueller Report Seen as Strengthening Trump Hand in Trade Talks
By Tom Wilson LONDON (Reuters) - London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) said on Wednesday it had invested in a start-up that lets companies issue debt on blockchain, signalling growing interest from mainstream finance in the technology behind cryptocurrencies. LSEG led a $20 million (15 million pounds) investment round in London-based Nivaura, paying an undisclosed sum for a minority stake, the two companies said in a statement. Nivaura, a digital platform used for issuing and administering corporate bonds, loans and equity, was behind the world's first automated cryptocurrency-denominated bond issuance in November 2017. The platform enables financial instruments to be settled on existing clearing infrastructure, or as digital tokens that are recorded on public blockchain - the distributed ledger technology behind cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and ethereum. Nikhil Rathi, LSEG's head of international development, told Reuters that LSEG was seeking to leverage technology to develop new … [Read more...] about London Stock Exchange invests in start-up behind world’s first cryptocurrency bond
Sections Skip to content Skip to site index Feature Hua Qu is fighting to save her husband — one of at least seven U.S. captives being used as pawns in a nearly 40-year secret history of hostage taking. Hua Qu and her son, Shaofan. Credit Adam Ferguson for The New York Times Supported by ByLaura Secor July 10, 2018 Xiyue Wang could easily never have gone to Iran. He was a graduate student at Princeton, researching similarities across regional governments in 19th-century inner Asia. His work touched on neither the United States’ Iran policy nor any Iranian political reality less than a hundred years old. He initially planned to use the archives in Turkmenistan, but Turkmenistan denied him a visa. He wasn’t looking for an adventure — he had a 2-year-old son and a wife who had only just arrived in the United States from China. Compared with Turkmenistan, Iran was an open book, and compared with Afghanistan, which he also … [Read more...] about Her Husband Was a Princeton Graduate Student. Then He Was Taken Prisoner in Iran.