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FirstFT: Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen and US Speaker to satisfy in California, not Taipei

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Simon Case is pondering of quitting his job as UK cupboard secretary, sources advised the Monetary Instances, after his leaked WhatsApp messages angered Conservative MPs.

In Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-wen has satisfied US Home Speaker Kevin McCarthy to satisfy in California as a substitute of Taipei to keep away from frightening China.

Scroll down for extra on each tales. In the meantime, I’ll be protecting tabs on:

  • US Federal Reserve: Chair Jay Powell testifies right now earlier than the Senate Banking Committee as fellow Fed officers trace at protecting rates of interest increased for longer.

  • Outcomes: Ashtead, Financial institution of Eire, Foxtons, Fresnillo, Greggs, Henkel, IWG and Attain report.

  • French strikes: Widespread protests are anticipated in opposition to President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to lift the authorized retirement age from 62 to 64.

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As we speak’s high information

1. EXCLUSIVE: US Home Speaker Kevin McCarthy will meet Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen in California and never Taipei to keep away from an aggressive Chinese language navy response, as tensions run excessive between Beijing and Washington. Extra on why the venue was modified.

2. The US defence secretary stated Iran is doing the “unthinkable” in Ukraine by gaining expertise via deploying drones for Russia. Right here’s why Lloyd Austin thinks this “doesn’t bode nicely” for the Center East.

3. EXCLUSIVE: Simon Case is pondering of quitting after leaked WhatsApp messages angered Conservative MPs. The UK’s most senior civil servant is “fed up”, his pals advised the FT.

4. Chinese language firms are selecting Switzerland to lift cash, shunning the US as a result of geopolitical tensions and Britain over harder audit requirements. Learn the way Chinese language firms raised practically seven occasions the capital in Zurich as in New York final 12 months.

5. EXCLUSIVE: Personal credit score teams are set to write down the most important direct mortgage on report, with Apollo, Ares and Blackstone assured they will land a deal to assist Carlyle purchase 50 per cent of healthcare analytics firm Cotiviti, sources stated. Learn the complete story.

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China’s political management introduced an unambitious 5 per cent progress goal this weekend, regardless of optimism following three years of closures. Why has Beijing set its lowest purpose in a long time? Learn our evaluation to seek out out.

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