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Financial Cold War


Financial Cold War

A View of Sino-US Relations from the Financial Markets
1. Aufl.

von: James A. Fok

19,99 €

Verlag: Wiley
Format: EPUB
Veröffentl.: 17.12.2021
ISBN/EAN: 9781119862789
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 512

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<p><b>A groundbreaking exploration of US-China relations as seen through the lens of international finance</b></p> <p>Rising tensions between China and the United States have kept the financial markets on edge as a showdown between the world&rsquo;s two largest economies seems inevitable. But what most people fail to recognise is the major impact that the financial markets themselves have had on the creation and acceleration of the conflict.</p> <p>In <i>Financial Cold War: A View of Sino-US Relations from the Financial Markets</i>, market structure and geopolitical finance expert James Fok explores the nuances of China-US relations from the perspective of the financial markets. The book helps readers understand how imbalances in the structure of global financial markets have singularly contributed to frictions between the two countries.</p> <p>In this book, readers will find:</p> <ul> <li>A comprehensive examination of the development of financial markets in both China and the US, as well as the current US dollar-based global financial system</li> <li>Insightful observations of the roles of technology, innovation, regulation, taxation, and politics in the markets, and on their resulting effect on US-Sino relations</li> <li>Thorough explorations of the role of Hong Kong as an intermediary for capital flows between China and the rest of the world</li> <li>Suggestions for how, balancing the many varying interests, policymakers might be able to devise effective strategies for de-escalating current Sino-US tensions</li> </ul> <p><i>Financial Cold War</i> is a can&rsquo;t-miss resource for anyone personally or professionally interested in the intersection of economics and international relations, financial markets, and the infrastructure underlying the international financial system.</p>
<p>Preface xi</p> <p>Acknowledgements xix</p> <p>Abbreviations xxiii</p> <p><b>Chapter 1 </b><b>Introduction 1</b></p> <p>Legacy of the GFC 5</p> <p>Modern History of Sino-US Relations 6</p> <p>The Financial Roots of Sino-US Conflict 11</p> <p>The Financial Path Out of Conflict 15</p> <p><b>Part One </b><b>The Colour Of Money Turns Green 17</b></p> <p><b>Chapter 2 </b><b>How the US Dollar Took Over the World 19</b></p> <p>An Ad Hoc Position 21</p> <p>The Barbarous Relic 24</p> <p>Two Competing Plans 30</p> <p>A British Innovation 34</p> <p>The Coupon Express 36</p> <p>Plumbing the World&rsquo;s Financial Markets 42</p> <p>Niksonu Shokku 47</p> <p>Volatility 51</p> <p>&lsquo;Risk Free&rsquo; Assets 57</p> <p>Boom and Bust 62</p> <p><b>Chapter 3 </b><b>Whose Problem? 65</b></p> <p>The Unipolar Moment 69</p> <p>The Almighty Mr. Market 74</p> <p>Emerging Markets Crises 84</p> <p>The Weakest Link 98</p> <p>The Music Stops 102</p> <p>Anyone for Tea? 108</p> <p>A Tipping Point? 113</p> <p><b>Part Two </b><b>Capitalism With Chinese Characteristics 123</b></p> <p><b>Chapter 4 </b><b>From First World to Third and Back Again 125</b></p> <p>Maritime Power 131</p> <p>The Milk of Paradise 135</p> <p>Wars and Revolutions 147</p> <p>A Leap into the Abyss 156</p> <p>Herding Cats 161</p> <p>Crackdown 172</p> <p>Journeys to the South 177</p> <p>A New Path 181</p> <p>The Bird&rsquo;s Nest 187</p> <p><b>Chapter 5 </b><b>Two Steps Forward, One Step Back 192</b></p> <p>Going Public 197</p> <p>The Protection Racket 206</p> <p>The Price of Money 212</p> <p>Still Building, But Will They Come? 221</p> <p>Alien Attack 228</p> <p>Who Will Look After Grandma? 237</p> <p>Connecting China and the World 242</p> <p>Can&rsquo;t Buy Me Love 262</p> <p><b>Part Three </b><b>The Financial Cold War 271</b></p> <p><b>Chapter 6 </b><b>A New Cold War? 273</b></p> <p>A Close Call 277</p> <p>Fly Me to the Moon 279</p> <p>Tax Me If You Can 284</p> <p>A War of Words? 291</p> <p>Geo-economic</p> <p>Warfare 294</p> <p><b>Chapter 7 </b><b>The Role of Markets in the 21st Century 307</b></p> <p>Selective Efficiency 310</p> <p>What Happens When Competition Dies 313</p> <p>Wrong Incentives 318</p> <p>Bubbles and Cycles 321</p> <p>Funny Money 328</p> <p>We&rsquo;re All in the Same Boat 342</p> <p>Chapter 8 Avoiding the Thucydides Trap 343</p> <p>Admitting the Problems 345</p> <p>A New Bretton Woods? 350</p> <p>MAD for Markets 362</p> <p>It All Starts with Leadership 365</p> <p>Afterword 369</p> <p>Cast of Characters 381</p> <p>Bibliography 399</p> <p>Notes 423</p> <p>Index 453</p>
<p><b>James A. Fok</b> is a veteran financial and strategic advisor to corporations and governments. He served as a senior executive at Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX) during a decade of rapid internationalisation in China’s capital markets. Prior to that, he worked as an investment banker specialising in the financial services sector.</p>
<p><b>PRAISE FOR FINANCIAL COLD WAR</b></p> <p>“James Fok’s book highlights the explosive risks in the relationship between the US and China today. It also offers insights into fundamental driving forces of international frictions and is a call to take urgently necessary steps to address the sources of conflict.” <p><B>—Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum</b> <p>“My only gripe about James Fok’s take on the bumpy road ahead for US-China relations is that his book doesn’t include a seatbelt. His message that things are about to get turbulent, one offered in uniquely personal terms, should be necessary reading for investors and businesspeople everywhere.” <p><b>—William Pesek, award-winning Tokyo-based journalist; Forbes and <i>Nikkei Asia</i> columnist; author of <i>Japanization: What the World Can Learn from Japan’s Lost Decades</i></b> <p>“<i>Financial Cold War</i> is a profoundly important book necessary for understanding China-US relations as well as the challenges facing the modern day global economy. James Fok has used his unique vantage point of working at the intersection of international finance and the Chinese economy to provide invaluable insights and analysis of this new geopolitical and geoeconomic frontline. It is remarkable in its breadth—tracking, from ancient days, how modern China and America have found themselves in this precarious position. Fok also offers practical steps for Chinese and US policy makers, business leaders and market participants to avoid, and de-escalate, tensions within this financial Cold War.” <p><b>—James Shipton, former Chair, Australian Securities & Investments Commission; former Executive Director, Harvard Law School’s Program on International Financial Systems; former Executive Director, Securities & Futures Commission of Hong Kong</b> <p>“The multi-trillion-dollar financial market relationship between America and China has profound implications for the whole world. As the United States and China head down the path of digital and technology decoupling, their tension in finance­—especially China’s new sovereign digital currency potentially challenging the US dollar’s supremacy—adds a new layer of complexity to the global economy. Thankfully, James Fok has delivered exactly the kind of comprehensive, timely and thought-provoking account you need to get up to date.” <p><b>—Winston Ma, CFA, Managing Partner of CloudTree Ventures; author of <i>The Digital War: How China’s Tech Power Shapes the Future of AI, Blockchain and Cyberspace</i></b> <p>“James Fok is a China expert and he found himself on the frontline of the Sino-US rivalry that threatens the world's financial ecosystem. This book benefits from his personal experiences, and from his passion for original research and for telling a story of global significance.” <p><b>—Dato’ Seri Cheah Cheng Hye, Co-Founder and Head of Value Partners Group, Hong Kong</b>

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