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Asia Pacific Stocks Climbed Amid Chinese Tech Crackdown

On Monday, July 12, all major Asia Pacific stocks went up despite China, the region’s largest economy, continuing to crack down on its big tech firms.

Shanghai Composite Index and Shenzhen Component both rose 0.93% or 32.84 points to $3,556.93 and 2.38% or 353.92 points to $15,198.27, respectively. The country recently released its economic growth, trade, retail sales, and industrial output as it eased its policy last week.

Analysts’ and investors’ expectations around the outlook of China soured over the previous months due to the results of some disappointing partial data. This has been made a lot worse by the optics of the upcoming off-peak growth from the pandemic recovery. 

However, an analyst said the nation’s annual growth should still reach over 8.00%. The quarterly growth pulse should bounce back through the second half of 2022.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 and TOPIX Index climbed 2.29%. They had a net gain of $640.36 to $28,580.78 and 2.13% with a net increase of $40.64 to $1,953.02, respectively. These benchmarks rebounded amidst renewed hopes on global economic recovery. Both indexes fell in the last three sessions, hitting their lowest in almost eight weeks last Friday.

In South Korea, KOSPI also gained 0.95% or 30.44 points. This sent the stocks higher to $3,248.39 per share as foreign investors unloaded almost $436 million stocks in June. An analyst stated that the reason for this is to remain net sellers for the second consecutive month.

Consequently, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index and Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 rallied 0.49% or 134.30 points to $27,478.84 and 0.62% or 45.30 points to $7,318.60, respectively.

 

Beijing Tech Crackdown

 

So far, Beijing has been unclear on some of its details over the crackdown. However, last Saturday, it stated that the firms that hold data on over 1 million users must now apply for cybersecurity approval when seeking overseas listings. An analyst said that this is a move that will confine nearly all offshore IPO aspirants.

He added that some of the financial consequences of the nation’s curbs on its own big technology sector have been dramatic. This started last November when Chinese regulators forced the financial services provider Ant Group to suspend its initial public offering. Remarkably, it was the world’s largest listing ever.

Since then, Alibaba Group Holding founder Jack Ma, who owns a third of Ants, lost $300 billion, a third of its market value.

Other major companies such as Tencent Holdings and e-tailer JD.com also declined. They lost a combined $310 billion since their stocks peaked last February.

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