All eyes were on the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan where the globe’s most influential leaders met under one roof. Investors and businesses held high expectations over how the world’s most pressing issues will be resolved, and one good news heard in Osaka for investors is the US-China truce.
Following his meeting with Xi Jinping, Donald Trump tweeted that the US will suspend the increase in tariffs and open up negotiations. The two countries announced a “cease-fire” after the long, drawn-out trade war. The decision by the US to impose a 25 percent tariff on Chinese imports worth up to USD 250 billion came into effect from last May, sending shockwaves across capital, trade and currency markets. Although expectations were low on whether the trade war will end anytime soon and provide any positive outcomes, a blow of this magnitude was completely unforeseen. Fortunately, things are finally calming down after the Osaka meeting. Perhaps the US and China did not want to fight “to the last bullet,” as it affects everyone along the way, not just them. However, it is interesting to see who made the first move for compromise and doubts remain strong over whether they would reach a conclusive agreement.
While the world’s attention is focused on the Trump-Xi meeting and the trade war, Mongolia’s was on another issue. Mongolia’s parliament has decided to amend the Constitution for the first time after two decades and started discussing the draft proposals. It was a subject of criticism for its timing being one year before a general election and for being discussed during a parliament dominated by a single party. However, there are a handful of clauses in the draft that escaped the public’s attention. A Governor of a remote soum with only 2,000 residents will be elected by 800 voters. Not stopping there, a draft amendment will give authority to the Governors of soums to impose property and other types of taxation. The clause, presented as an opportunity to give greater opportunities for self-governance to the people and provide paths to development, may put a particularly heavy burden on mining companies.
We hereby deliver you the summer edition of Asia Mining Magazine. There will no doubt be considerable buzz around Mongolia’s mining sector by next fall. Erdenes Tavan Tolgoi’s IPO will be resolved while Oyu Tolgoi’s future will be settled upon parliament’s decision. At that time, we will be back with Asia Mining Supplier’s supplementary magazine and the website asiamining.mn.
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