James Fok is a veteran financial and strategic advisor to corporations and governments. He served as a senior executive at Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX) from 2012 until 2021. While there, he played a major role in a number of landmark financial markets initiatives, including the launch of the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect programme (2014), Bond Connect (2017) and the Hong Kong market’s Listing Reforms (2018). Prior to HKEX, Fok worked as an investment banker in both Europe and Asia, specialising in the financial services sector. James is the author of the recently published book: Financial Cold War: A View of Sino-US Relations from the Financial Markets (2021). In this podcast we discuss:
The impact of the global financial crisis on the US and China
How US-China relations have shifted since the Second World War
China’s demographic challenge
China dynastic history and what it tells us about China
The need for China capital market reforms
Reliance of China on the US dollar financial system
The impact of Russia sanctions
Costs to the US of dollar dominance
Why Cold War analogies are incorrect
How China’s reliance on food and energy imports affects its view on US containment policies
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