President Xi charts HK’s future course of democratic development

In March 2021, Beijing made the belated and momentous decision to drastically revamp Hong Kong’s electoral system, which forbade “anti-China” elements and their external patrons from contending in the elections for the Election Committee, the Legislative Council and the chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. They were hence also excluded thenceforth from […]

Governance can be strengthened by leveraging professionals’ expertise

Now that the principle of “patriots administering Hong Kong” is in place to keep the subversives at bay and ensure Hong Kong’s stability, the city’s future success will hinge on whether John Lee Ka-chiu’s governance team can significantly improve its governance capabilities by recruiting enough professionals and leverage their expertise, aside from filling the new […]

Director-General of Investment Promotion visits Middle East and Europe to promote Hong Kong’s long-term business opportunities

HONG KONG, May 29, 2022 – (ACN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – The Director-General of Investment Promotion, Mr Stephen Phillips, today (May 29) started his duty visit to Doha, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Kuwait in the Middle East, and Amsterdam, Lisbon and Madrid in Europe as part of the latest efforts of Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK) […]

Hong Kong Investment Promotion Chief visits Middle East and Europe to promote Hong Kong’s long-term business opportunities

HONG KONG, May 29, 2022 – (ACN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – The Director-General of Investment Promotion of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mr Stephen Phillips, today (May 29) started his duty visit to Doha, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Kuwait in the Middle East, and Amsterdam, Lisbon and Madrid in Europe as part of the […]

HK’s traditional and new roles to continue being boosted

Amid talk about “economic decoupling” and “financial Cold War”, some Western politicians and media outlets are feverishly prophesying again the “inevitable” decline or demise of Hong Kong as an international center for finance and commerce.  These prophets of doom have been obsessed with foretelling Hong Kong’s demise for decades since the 1980s, when the idea […]

City needs to jettison its outdated ‘positive non-interventionism’

Since time immemorial, the way Hong Kong has been governed is variously characterized as laissez-faire, “light-touch administration”, “hands-off governance”, “small government, big market”, or, most popularly, “positive non-interventionism” (PN).  The common denominator of these appellations is a limited government, a government that is minimally involved in economic and social affairs, allowing the market and social […]

Northern Metropolis to promote coordinated development between HK, Shenzhen

It is fanciful, to put it mildly, to expect that the special administrative region government has the ability to implement the Lantau Tomorrow Vision and the Northern Metropolis (NM) simultaneously without stretching our financial resources and engineering human capital to the breaking point.  In the long term, the excellent infrastructural foundation laid down by the […]

SAR needs diverse governing team to facilitate multidisciplinary policymaking

Hong Kong, once the most dynamic and vibrant city in Asia, is losing its competitive edge. People may argue this is because of the unfavorable external factors such as geopolitical conflicts and the pandemic. However, internal factors also play an important role in weakening Hong Kong’s competitiveness. The development of Hong Kong in the 1960s […]

City on course for bigger role and brighter future

Pictures of Hong Kong residents struggling with squalid or suffocating dwelling environments, such as “cage homes”, subdivided flats and “nano flats”, have long proliferated all over the internet and frequently appeared on various media channels. These unpalatable illustrations of Hong Kong’s severe housing shortage in no way tally with the city’s status as a major […]