FirstFT: Yellen Warns US-China Detachment Would Be ‘Disastrous’

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Good day. US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned yesterday that any effort to disengage from China would be “disastrous” and “destabilizing for the rest of the world.”

In a major speech, Yellen said Washington’s national security measures targeting Beijing were not designed to “stifle” the Chinese economy and called for a “constructive and just” economic relationship between the two nations.

“America will assert itself when our vital interests are at stake,” said the Treasury secretary. “But we are not looking to ‘decouple’ our economy from China’s.”

While Yellen called for a “healthy economic relationship” and cooperation on macroeconomics and climate change, she said the US would continue to work with allies to resist Beijing’s “unfair” economic policies. Furthermore, she noted that the United States was preparing more measures that would likely anger Beijing. Read more of Yellen’s comments.

This is what else is happening today:

  • UK Foreign Secretary Tour: James Cleverly’s four-day tour tour focuses on promoting a “free and open Indo-Pacific.” Cleverly will visit New Zealand today.

  • Profits: Results from China XD Electric, ZTE Corp, SAP SE and Woodside Energy are expected today.

  • Eid: The Muslim holiday marks the end of Ramadan. Financial markets are closed in several Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan.

Five more main stories

1. The Russian Wagner paramilitary group failed to ask China for arms supplies earlier this year., according to a leaked US intelligence report. Wagner representatives “sought ammunition and equipment” from China in “early 2023,” according to the previously unreported document – a request that indicated the group had some confidence that Beijing would be willing to arm Moscow.

2. Regional US banks have largely halted the massive outflow of deposits that threatened its stability after the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, but its profit margins are shrinking unexpectedly fast. Here’s what we learned from the midsize banks that reported earnings this week.

3. SpaceX’s giant Starship rocket exploded after its first launch yesterday in a setback for Elon Musk’s company and its effort to build a spacecraft capable of flying to Mars. The nearly 400-foot-tall rocket, the most powerful ever launched, reached an altitude of nearly 25 miles before falling back to earth.

4. Credit Suisse investors in Singapore are in talks to sue the Swiss government for his decision to write down $17 billion of Credit Suisse bonds on the grounds that it violated a free trade agreement. Possible lawsuit in Singapore would open a new legal front.

5. Google has plans to introduce generative artificial intelligence into its advertising business. as big tech groups rush to incorporate innovative technology into their products. Read the full story.

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