There’s money in property, and that’s good enough for Hong Kong

I’ve little doubt what the typical Hongkonger would do if he or she won a lottery jackpot. Firstly, they would be secretive about who they tell for fear of having to unnecessarily part with cash. A portion would probably go to charity, but the biggest chunk would go into buying property – a large flat for the lucky winner, the rest for lifelong rental income. It’s an idea that flies in the face of good financial investment advice, which stresses the importance of diversification to limit risk…

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If Taiwan is Hong Kong’s past, Guangzhou is our future

Back-to-back trips I recently made to Guangzhou and Taiwan from Hong Kong were like taking a crystal ball and gazing into the future. There are those in this city who look to one or the other as the way forward and such people are often labelled as either patriotic or pro-democracy. But if it’s growth and development we’re talking about, love of the nation and politics shouldn’t come into play. Even from a few days of exposure to each, it’s obvious that the mainland is the sensible direction. I…

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Why pick on Huawei when all advanced technologies, including those from the US, carry security risks?

Anyone supposing Huawei products are spying on them or that they are a security risk hasn’t given any thought to the technology already around them. Apple and Samsung smartphones, voice assistants like Siri and Alexa, Facebook and Google, among so many others, collect and store and even share endless amounts of data about us whenever we activate them. Those big tech companies often also work with governments and militaries and it’s anyone’s guess what gets passed on, as…

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