There will undoubtedly be debate over US President Donald Trump at Mines and Money Asia 2017, running from April 5 to 7 in Hong Kong, but organiser Andrew Thake said Trump’s impact was still uncertain whereas China could be counted on to dictate global market movements.
“The phrase I always hear is: ‘Is he moving the needle, and if so is it in a positive or a negative way?’,” he said.
“We’ll have a lively light debate on that but when I talk to people based in Asia, they say Trump might be moving the needle but not as much as China.”
The conference (and, of course, deal-making venue) will be taking place in a very different atmosphere to last year’s event, even though the recovery was starting to kick in by then.
Thake said the sector’s progress could be ...