Financial Cold War: A View of Sino-US Relations from the Financial Markets


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Program on Apr 11, 2022: Book Author Program with James A. Fok: Financial Cold War

- Size: 23.5 (L) x 16 (W) cm  

- Binding: hardcover, 512 pages

- Language: English

- Author: James A. Fok

- Publisher: Wiley, 2021

A groundbreaking exploration of US-China relations as seen through the lens of international finance

Rising tensions between China and the United States have kept the financial markets on edge as a showdown between the world’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.

In Financial Cold War: A View of Sino-US Relations from the Financial Markets, 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.

In this book, readers will find:

  • 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
  • Insightful observations of the roles of technology, innovation, regulation, taxation, and politics in the markets, and on their resulting effect on US-Sino relations
  • Thorough explorations of the role of Hong Kong as an intermediary for capital flows between China and the rest of the world
  • Suggestions for how, balancing the many varying interests, policymakers might be able to devise effective strategies for de-escalating current Sino-US tensions

Financial Cold War is a can’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.

About the author

James A. 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) 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.