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Economic Report

Japan: Decent economic growth in first half of 2019, central bank weighs options

Japan’s economic growth did not disappoint in the first two quarters of 2019. Domestic focus is on the BoJ meeting in September and the VAT hike in October. The external environment remains challenging because of slowing global activity and rising tensions with South Korea.

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Hong Kong’s airport’s closure and its meaning

The recent HKIA occupation has already hit Hong Kong’s economy and its global reputation; any repeat would be exponentially more damaging. Yet if such action were to trigger a crackdown from China the potential risks would be far larger than just to Hong Kong’s GDP or its reputation.

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New round of US tariffs raises the pressure on China

On 24 September the United States have installed tariffs on another 200 billion USD imports from China. China responded with tariffs on 60 billion USD of imports from the US. We expect the negative economic effects to be more pronounced for China than for the US.

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China: de groeivertraging die je wist dat zou komen? (Dutch)

Wij verwachten dat de Chinese bbp-groei afneemt in het tweede kwartaal. Dit past in het beeld van een geleidelijke groeivertraging als gevolg van een afkoelende binnenlandse economie. Deze vertraging kan echter harder uitvallen als het handelsconflict tussen China en de VS verder escaleert.

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China: handelsspanningen versus binnenlandse stabiliteit (Dutch)

Het nationale volkscongres laat zien dat China de binnenlandse focus meer verschuift naar de kwaliteit van economische groei. Ondertussen nemen de spanningen met de VS steeds verder toe. Dit zorgt voor grote onzekerheden en risico’s bij het huidige economische beeld.

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North Korea’s pressure point: the economy

China’s economic lifeline is key for North Korea’s economy. Recent sanctions are expected to put more pressure on the regime in Pyongyang, but China also has its strategic interests related to North Korea.

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The (potential) impact of Trump on Asia Pacific

Trump’s policy regarding Asia presents a downside risk for APAC’s economy and security situation. If the US increase trade barriers, this is expected to have major implications for the region. Even more so if there would be protectionist retaliations.