March 26, 2018 / 2:06 AM / a month ago

China, Hong Kong stocks extend declines on trade war fears

* SSEC -1.1 pct, CSI300 -1.0 pct, HSI -0.5 pct

* HK->Shanghai Connect daily quota used 1.7 pct, Shanghai->HK daily quota used 2.7 pct

* FTSE China A50 -0.8 pct, BNY Mellon ADR China Select Index -2.4 pct

SHANGHAI, March 26 (Reuters) - China and Hong Kong stocks extended declines on Monday morning, reflecting investors’s fears of a potential full-blown trade war between the United States and China.

At 01:37 GMT, the Shanghai Composite index was down 54.53 points or 1.73 percent at 3,098.23, while China’s blue-chip CSI300 index was down 1.63 percent at 3,841.28.

Chinese H-shares listed in Hong Kong fell 0.82 percent to 12,028.75, while the Hang Seng Index was down 0.77 percent at 30,075.97.

The trade war fears led to the largest fall China’s main stock indexes in six weeks on Friday.

Vice Premier Liu He told U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Saturday that the United States had flouted trade rules with an inquiry into intellectual property and China would defend its interests, China’s state media reported.

Despite threats of retaliation from China over U.S. plans to impose tariffs on up to $60 billion in Chinese goods, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Sunday said President Donald Trump had no intention of backing down and was not worried about a trade war.

Tech firms were relatively stable on Monday morning, with the tech-heavy start-up board ChiNexpt up around 0.5 percent.

Reporting by Luoyan Liu and John Ruwitch; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore

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