Curb on US dollar trading in HK may damage global confidence in US assets: HK finance chief

HONG KONG, June 7 (Xinhua) - Financial Secretary of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government Paul Chan said on Sunday that to limit US dollar trading in Hong Kong will in return damage global confidence in the US dollar and US financial assets.


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Extreme measures, such as restricting Hong Kong using the US dollar or the settlement system, are also highly risky to the United States itself, the Hong Kong finance chief wrote in an online article in response to concerns over threatened sanctions by the United States.

Any move to rattle the financial system of Hong Kong, which is the third largest US dollar trading center in the world, will also have an enormous impact on global financial markets, Chan noted.

Hong Kong is closely connected to global economic and financial systems, and provides investment, wealth management, trade and settlement services to numerous businesses from Asia-Pacific and other parts of the world, he wrote.

The United States has recently threatened to slap sanctions on Hong Kong after China's national legislature adopted a decision to make the national security legislation for Hong Kong.

Chan reiterated that the actual impact of the so-called sanctions will be very limited and that other global financial centers also have their own national security laws.

He wrote that he remains optimistic about Hong Kong's status as a global financial center as it has been supported by businesses and capital from the Chinese mainland with closer financial ties and has been increasingly recognized by global investors.

In the article, Chan also noted the Hong Kong's unique advantages under the "one country, two systems" principle.