The world, China and Hong Kong included, seems to be veering towards tipping points on a number of fronts. Will China's apparently no-holds-barred anti-corruption campaign incite political instability? Or will it succeed in unfolding a brave new world of rule of law? How is an assertive and ascendant China reshaping global geopolitics? Will flareups in Europe and the Middle East distract America's Asian Pivot? Will Hong Kong become ungovernable as the pan-democrats dig in heels against Beijing over how to realize universal suffrage in 2017?
Amidst the global disconnect, turmoil and confusion, perhaps the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympics Opening trailer ,"The Dream of Youth", captures what humanity needs for a better world in the 21st century!
Down to earth, though, I hope that you may be able to gather some clues to these vexing questions of our times from the following update. I will be off shortly to London to be with my daughter and first grandchild. I will send out a further update when I'm back in Hong Kong before the X'mas season.
- China's former public security chief Zhou Yongkang under investigation (TV interview with Singapore's Channel News Asia here)
- China's on the brink of digital revolution (a synthesis of the latest McKinsey research pieces)
- Accommodating China's rise is America's only realistic option (SCMP Op-ed article of 18 June)
- Japan overturning pacificism? (A TV panel discussion on Inside Story with Aljazeera English)
- BRICS $100bn Development Bank (Two TV interviews with RT)
- Cool heads needed to get Hong Kong on the right path towards democracy (Op-ed in the South China Morning Post of 25th August, based on my earlier analysis here)
- Beijing's White Paper lays down the red lines for Hong Kong (SCMP Op-ed article of 30 June)
- Hong Kong referendum: A showdown with China (Op-ed article commissioned by Aljazeera Online dated 30 June)
- Perspectives on 17th Anniversary of Hong kong's return to the motherland (TV interview with Beijing's CCTV here)
- Democracy in Hong Kong - 1st July demonstrations (TV interview with Singapore's Channel News Asia here)
Anti-Occupy Central Campaign in Hong Kong (TV guest appearance on Dialogue with Beijing's CCTV News)
- "China gasses up for a new Golden Age" (An update in the IEA Medium Term Gas Market Report)
- Blue Skies and Eco-Cities - Success Factors (My sponsored presentation at a "Siemens Media Saloon")
Nicaragua canal to rival Panama’s is part of China's global infrastructural links (A brief overview)
My beloved elder sister Josephina recently passed away in Vancouver. Here is a Memorial Site with glimpses of her life and her art. Online respects may be paid and a message left if so desired.
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Visiting Professor, Sun Yat-sen University Business School, China (2005-10)
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(The following until 19 May 2010, on permanent relocation back to Hong Kong)
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