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Why Hong Kong’s “zero-covid” strategy could backfire

The Economist – 6 October 2021 The people of Hong Kong can enjoy freedom within their own borders however are subject to strict immigration and quarantine rules out-with as a result of a no-toleration approach to the pandemic. The Economist explains why Hong Kong’s ‘zero-Covid’ strategy has resulted in a population with high vaccine-hesitancy and…

Asian countries are at last abandoning zero-covid strategies

The Economist – 9 October 2021 “Yet those with a good first act are struggling in the second. The coronavirus, especially the highly infectious Delta variant, usually has the last word”. According to this article on The Economist, despite the risks of low vaccination rates, Southeast Asian countries opening up their economies are right to…

Reaction and revenge

Duncan Bartlett, Asian Affairs – April 2021 The US and its allies have reacted to China’s tightened control over Hong Kong by placing sanctions on top Communist Party figures. In this article on Asian Affairs, Duncan Bartlett considers whether or not and how China will respond to this overseas condemnation. Read the full article here.

How rugby is helping Hong Kong’s ethnic minority children overcome pain, pandemics and prejudice

Andrew McNicol, South China Morning Post – 8 April 2021 The Integrated Brilliant Education Limited, an ethnic minority-friendly educational centre, recently organised a “rugby fun day” with the Hong Kong Rugby Union. This article in SCMP describes why the partnership’s sports activities are encouraging ethnic minority children to get outside after Covid-19 and keep active,…

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…

10 Traditional Trades To Support In Hong Kong Before They Disappear

Helen Yu, Tatler Hong Kong – 18 February 2021 Beneath Hong Kong’s cosmopolitan and modern exterior there are many traditional heritages that are often forgotten but are a key part of the city’s historical and cultural identity. In this article, Helen Yu shines a light on these trades, including birdcage making, mahjong tile carving and…