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Unformatted text preview: the outside world. Hong Kong remained almost untouched by the Asian turmoil until a massive selloff of its sharemarket in the week of 20 October, a trauma that brought home to the world that the crisis would not be isolated to Southeast Asia. The dive in the market was driven by fears of a downturn in the Hong Kong economy and the prospect it would abandon the peg between the Hong Kong and US dollars. In the background was a deeper concern, that financial strife in Hong Kong could have profound effects on China. China had been the darling of Western investors for several years, and huge projects will be under threat if the Chinese economy strikes trouble. China is partially insulated from the turmoil because its own financial markets are rigidly controlled. But its banks are similarly overburdened with debt and its exports at risk from a worldwide slowdown in demand....
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This note was uploaded on 10/06/2010 for the course MKT MKT501 taught by Professor Lin during the Spring '10 term at University of Management and Technology.
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