US President Donald Trump will play host to Chinese Premier Xi Jinping in Florida in April, reports Reuters The meeting, announced by China’s foreign ministry today, will be the first for the two leaders of the world’s biggest economies. While no official agenda was given, the meeting comes soon after U.S. Secretary of State Rex... View Article

Newspapers across Asia reported the UK’s triggering of Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty in Brexit features in ‘world’ sections, with many highlighting the references to security contained in the UK PM Theresa May’s letter to EU President Donald Tusk. The Times of India lead on the row over security fears that the UK, without... View Article

The EU has summoned envoy Alan Deniega to Brussels to explain Philippine President Duterte’s threats to hang EU critics of the country’s death penalty for drug dealers, reports the Philippine Star In a speech to Filipino-Chinese businessmen Dutetre claimed that the EU wanted to offer substitution drugs to addicts in the country, a claim that... View Article

Sterling slipped 2 points to 1.23 mark against the U.S. dollar Wednesday morning as the market adjusted to price in the article Article 50 trigger. Falls were also recorded against the Euro at 1.146 and Asian currencies, SG dollar 1.731 and HK dollar 9.62. Whilst the pound is higher than the 31 year dollar low... View Article

Charles Li, chief executive of the group that owns the Hong Kong stock exchange (HKEX), spoke to calm market jitters after Huishan’s shares collapsed 90 percent Monday. Li said that China investor inflows in had caused ‘some issues’, but the market is ‘not a casino’ reports the Financial Times. HKEX is attractive to Chinese investors looking for... View Article

In the process of UK’s exit of the European Union, the transition into the World Trade Organization (WTO) as a member outside the current EU framework is an essential part for Britain’s future trade. According to the Financial Times, UK’s Secretary of State, Liam Fox, who spoke at Asia House in February, has opened discussions... View Article

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor today becomes Hong Kong’s first female Chief Executive after securing 777 votes from the 1200 strong election committee Sunday, reports the South China Morning Post. Lam, who served as the Chief Secretary for Administration from 2012, saw off rivals ex-Hong Kong CFO John Tsang Chun-wah, former judge Woo Kwok-hing and former... View Article

Bloomberg recently reported that Trump has stated that the US may ignore WTO rulings if they go against national interests.

UK based bank HSBC, a founding stakeholder of Asia House, is set to add up to one thousand jobs in China’s Pearl River Delta region, according to a Reuters report Friday. The jobs will boost the retail and wealth management arm of the bank in southern China, bolstering its staff to 3,400. HSBC grew by... View Article

Hong Kong will hold elections this Sunday, 26 March, to select its new Chief Executive for the next five years. Back in 2014 the city saw tensions rising as the ‘umbrella revolution’, the term used for pro-democracy protests in the city, hit headlines globally. The protest was against new proposals by Beijing for a popular... View Article