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Acquisition of LME Poses Challenges to HKEx

HKEx’s bid for LME also raised concern among the British media. Nevertheless, Hong Kong's position as a former colony of the UK fosters a sense of familiarity between the two parties. The UK’s open financial environment will also facilitate approval of the HKEx-LME deal.

Still, the completion of the acquisition is just the beginning for HKEx, which lacks experience in trading commodities. Whether or not HKEx will ultimately fulfill its pledges will depend largely on the internationalization of the RMB in Hong Kong as well as the Chinese mainland’s willingness to open its market to LME. In addition, HKEx’s competition with major mainland futures exchanges will also affect the central government’s decision-making.

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