The US-China tensions intensified over last week. China passed the new National Security Law for Hong Kong on Thursday May 28 despite US President Trump’s threats to take very powerful actions against the new Hong Kong law. China responded saying the matter was an internal affair and called for the US and its allies to stop interfering.
On Wednesday, the European Commission proposed a €750 billion recovery fund plan of which €500 billion would be distributed as grants to member states and €250 billion would be offered as loans. Italy and Spain, which were impacted the most by Covid-19 pandemic will receive the highest level of the grants.
The Japanese government approved the second stimulus package worth $1.1 trillion on Wednesday May 27. The package will be funded by the issuance of government bonds. Together with the previous stimulus package, Japan will spend $2.18 trillion or 40% of the country’s GDP to help its economic recovery.
The US initial jobless claims published on Thursday showed another 2.1 million people filed for unemployment benefits in the week ending May 23. The total number of jobless people in the US reached a new historical level of more than 40 million since the start of the pandemic.
On Monday June 1, China Manufacturing PMI will be released and is expected to come in at 49.6.
US unemployment rate will be released on Friday June 5, expected at 19.8%.
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