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Zero-Covid policies threaten Hong Kong’s place in the world

Tabby Kinder, Leo Lewis, Tom Mitchell, Primrose Riordan, Chan Ho-Him: The Financial Times: 14th of January 2022 Zero-Covid policies are calling in to question Hong Kong’s reputation as an international hub of business and finance. Global Financial centers depend on the free movement of people and ideas. That is impossible under the current restrictions and…

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Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing

Semiconductors are strategic technological assets of critical importance to the global economy. Their use is ubiquitous in laptops, smartphones, cars, and defense equipment. COVID-19 semiconductor supply issues have also highlighted the lack of companies that produce semiconductors and their geographical proximity. As we can see from this graph, the small island democracy of Taiwan dominates…

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Japan needs to navigate a pathway between the United States and China

East Asia Forum: 3rd of January 2022 Japan and its companies are increasingly finding themselves in the middle of US-China tensions. The CEO of a leading international Japanese firm, Uniqlo, has stated that he wants his business and japan to be neutral between the US and China. This position was reified when Uniqulo refused to…

How fall of property giant Evergrande sent a shockwave through China

Helen Davidson and Martin Farrer, The Guardian – 25 September 2021 “The potential collapse – the culmination of years of borrowing – has sent shockwaves through the finance and property sectors, and prompted concern that it could affect China’s entire financial system, even international markets.” This article on The Guardian discusses how the fall of…

Nestle signs pilot deal with co-working firm IWG allowing 10,000 employees in China to work remotely, while DBS surrenders Hong Kong office space in nod to Covid-19

Cheryl Arcibal, South China Morning Post – 24 March 2021 To appreciate the sheer impact of Covid-19 on work practises as we know them, you only have to look at the world’s largest food company and a multinational banking and financial services company, Nestle and DBS. Both companies have adapted to Covid-19 by completely reforming…

‘India can become global AI, data hub, enabling jobs’

Mini Tejaswi, The Hindu – 13 March 2021 In this article on The Hindu, Microsoft India president Anant Maheshwari discusses how enterprises are adapting to a Covid19 market, the importance of security and privacy in product development and service provision and why Microsoft sees India as a ‘global AI, data hub’. Read the full article…

HSBC offers lesson in corporate realpolitik

Financial Times – 23 February 2021 HSBC have made clear where their allegiances lie, with a relocation of some of their most senior leaders to Hong Kong. This article in the Financial Times explains why it should be no surprise that the bank is returning to their Asian roots in order to keep Beijing on…