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Opinion - South China Morning Post
  1. I really have to hand it to the China bashers. The latest allegation that Chinese fishing boats are dumping raw sewage in Philippine waters is a clever attempt to stir anti-China feelings in the Philippines.It also bolsters the opposition to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s more congenial approach to China ahead of next year’s elections. Right on cue, Senator Grace Poe said the “stinking reality” is that China is treating the Philippines “as its toilet”.However, the allegations cry out…
  2. It has been over a month since the government announced an exemption of executives in Hong Kong’s financial sector from quarantine measures when returning to the city from overseas business trips, thus enabling the sector to resume normal operations to a certain degree, and maintain client relationships in the financial arena.Members of Hong Kong’s maritime community looked on in dismay at this development, which left one of the most globally vital industries confined to Hong Kong in continued…
  3. Angela Merkel paid her last visit to Washington as German chancellor earlier this month. US President Joe Biden sought Merkel’s commitment to his broader strategy of allied cooperation against the challenges posed by China – an ambition he laid out during his June trip to Europe – but he was probably frustrated by her reluctance to give specific details of Germany’s support.While trade relations between the United States and China have plummeted, China and Germany remain arguably each other’s…
  4. The US dollar has been doing well on the foreign exchanges recently but that doesn’t mean investors have fallen in love with the greenback. It feels more like a marriage of convenience. The currency market looks to have concluded that, for now, the US dollar is the cleanest shirt in a dirty laundry basket.That narrative might give a crumb of comfort to those who see the greenback weakening in due course, but US dollar strength may persist for a while.Markets have become skittish in the face of…
  5. If there is anything indicative of Hong Kong’s soft power, it would probably be the television, film and Canto-pop industries. They have helped put the city on the global map of pop culture, with their works followed by Chinese-speaking communities and beyond around the world during the golden era of the last century.Today, they continue to have an appeal, though not as strong as before.The recent surge in the popularity of boy band Mirror and a gay-themed TV soap opera featuring its members…
  6. Edgar Cheung Ka-long’s gold medal in fencing at the Tokyo Olympic Games was as unexpected to him as it was to Hong Kong. His is not a mainstream sport, so it is unlikely many among the crowds in his hometown cheering his victory on Monday night would have understood what they had witnessed. Nor would they have known the intense physical and mental demands, perseverance, family support and financial resources needed to become the best in the world. But with his final split-second hit, he also…
  7. When Hong Kong’s legendary director John Woo Yu-sen was all the rage in Hollywood during the 1990s, almost every American action movie had shooting scenes that mimicked his highly stylised cinematic violence. Even today, you can detect shades of Woo in the shooting style of the John Wick film franchise.The funny thing was, Hollywood wasn’t stealing from Hong Kong. When once asked where he got the ideas of stylistic Mexican stand-offs and slow-motion killings, he replied that it was from…
  8. There is wide recognition of the importance of demographic trends in economic growth. By and large, an ageing population is thought to reduce a country’s growth potential because growth is the sum of labour force growth plus productivity growth.For this reason, the steady decline in China’s population growth conjures up projections that the world’s second-largest economy may be heading for a permanent “middle income trap”.China does indeed face a unique demographic problem: the country is…
  9. If anyone wants to turn a blind eye to climate change, they have no excuse to continue to do so after a series of events this month.Scientists and the world watched in disbelief when unprecedented flooding caused by two months’ worth of rainfall in two days inundated cities and towns and killed at least 200 people in Germany and Belgium.A few days later, it was China’s turn. From July 17, the city of Zhengzhou received a year’s worth of rain in just three days. Serious floods swept through the…
  10. The Covid-19 pandemic could sound the death knell for the co-living sector, as the concept of communal living, which involves sharing, interacting and building a community, seems to conflict with the prevailing social-distancing measures. It was reported last year that some co-living operators in Hong Kong had to slash their monthly rents by up to 50 per cent to fight for tenants amid the drop in occupancy, reflecting the difficulties faced by the sector during the coronavirus outbreak…