On Tuesday June 30, Chinese President Xi Jinping signed the new national security law for Hong Kong. The new legislation has been controversial with critics claiming that it will violate Hong Kong’s freedom. Boris Johnson responded on July 1 that UK will offer up to 3 million Hong Kong citizens the chance to move to the UK. On July 3, the US Senate passed a bill that will penalise banks doing business with Chinese officials, showing their concerns about the new Hong Kong law.
Prime Minister of France Edouard Philippe resigned on Friday July 3. On the same day, Jean Castex, who was active in handling the reopening of the economy from the pandemic lockdown, was appointed as the new Prime Minister to form a new government. The reshuffled government will focus on the economic recovery from the Covid-19 shock.
On Thursday July 2, US nonfarm payrolls data was published, showing an employment increase of 4.8 million in June, significantly higher than the estimates of 2.9 million. The US unemployment rate decreased by 2.2%, standing at 11.1%.
China Caixin Services PMI for June hit the highest level over a decade, recorded at 58.4, beating the market expectation of 53.2. The jump in business activities reflects the surge in demand after the easing of lockdown restrictions in China.
Eurozone retail sales for May will be published on Monday July 6, expected at -7.5%.
China CPI will be announced on Thursday July 9, with an expectation of 2.70% YoY.
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*as at latest realignment 30/06/20
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