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Asia Stocks Fall As Trump Warns Higher Tariffs If China Doesn’t Make A Deal

Of late, stocks in Asia traded lower as U.S. President Donald Trump intimidated to surge taxes on Chinese products if the two economies do not hit a deal. Mainland Chinese stocks inched lower, with the Shanghai Composite dropping by 0.38% and Shenzhen Component shedding by 0.13%. The Shenzhen Composite was lower around 0.1%. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index dropped 0.63%. The PBC (People’s Bank of China) announced its new loan prime rates previously. The 5-Year and 1-Year loan prime rates were trimmed by 0.05% each from a previous month to 4.8 % and 4.15%, respectively. Elsewhere, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index declined 0.79% whilst the Topix index crashed by 0.58%. That came following Japanese export data for October by Japan’s Ministry of Finance showed that exports for the month slipped by 9.2% on a yearly basis.

In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 index dropped by 1.4% since the heavily-weighted financial sub-index dropped by about 2%. The shares of Australian “Big Four banks” crashed: Westpac fell 3.18%, Commonwealth Bank of Australia dropped 1.62%, National Australia Bank slid 2.29%, and Australia and New Zealand Banking Group slipped 1.81%. The moves across the sector came subsequent to Australia’s anti-money-laundering regulator—AUSTRAC—registered for civil fine orders against Westpac. In South Korea, the Kospi index shed by 1.29% as the shares of Samsung Electronics and chip producer SK Hynix dropped over 2.5% each.

On a similar note, recently, Trump threatened higher levies if China doesn’t make a trade agreement. The comments came at a summit with the president’s Cabinet. The U.S. and China—the two largest economies globally—have been stuck in an apparent deadlock in trade conciliations that have lasted for almost 2 Years. In the meeting, Trump said, “If we don’t make a contract with China, I will just increase the tariffs even higher.”

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