1. Protests in Hong Kong have intensified in the run-up to the 70th anniversary on Tuesday of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
  2. U.S. President Donald Trump has warned of “big consequences” as Democrats are poised to accelerate an impeachment inquiry over his dealings with Ukraine.
  3. Companies in Japan are busy making last-minute preparations for a consumption tax hike. The rate is set to increase for a variety of goods on October 1.