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Trump Aides Weigh Proposals to Undermine Hong Kong’s Dollar Peg

  • Some Pompeo advisers support proposal among other options
  • Proposal hasn’t gone to Trump or senior White House aides
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Trump Aides Weigh Proposals to Undermine H.K. Dollar Peg
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Some top advisers to President Donald Trump want the U.S. to undermine the Hong Kong dollar’s peg to the U.S. dollar as the administration considers options to punish China for recent moves to chip away at the former British colony’s political freedoms, according to people familiar with the matter.

The idea of striking against the Hong Kong dollar peg -- perhaps by limiting the ability of Hong Kong banks to buy U.S. dollars -- has been raised as part of broader discussions among advisers to Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and hasn’t been elevated to the senior levels of the White House, suggesting that it hasn’t gained serious traction yet, according to people who discussed the matter on condition of anonymity.