Mark L. Clifford

October 21, 2020

China is wasting its Covid-19 leadership moment on the world stage

China led the world into the pandemic and its economy is leading the way out. This should be a time for Beijing to effortlessly extend its soft power. So why hasn’t China’s push to win friends and influence people paid dividends? By Asia Business Council Executive Director Mark Clifford.

September 23, 2020

The View: Long, hard coronavirus recovery ahead for Asian companies, especially those outside the digital economy

The worst is over, or at least that’s what many Asia Business Council members think about economic prospects for the next year. By Asia Business Council Executive Director Mark Clifford.

July 1, 2020

Can Hong Kong’s Financial Market Survive Without The Free Flow Of Information?

It is a truism that thriving financial markets need free flow of information. Can Hong Kong prove this truism wrong? By Asia Business Council Executive Director Mark Clifford.

June 30, 2020

The Great Disruption: Covid-19, Geopolitics, Trade And Technology Will Challenge Entire Business Sectors

Look for more geopolitical tensions and new technologies to continue a period of great disruption in supply chains, business models, and consumer behavior. By Asia Business Council Executive Director Mark Clifford.

June 18, 2020

North Korea’s Strategy to Grab Attention with Explosive Displays

It is unfortunate that North Korea plays with foreign relations–and Korean lives–as if it were just another mass-game spectacle. By Asia Business Council Executive Director Mark Clifford.

June 9, 2020

Hong Kong Activist Investor David Webb: ‘Unfortunately, There Are Going to Be Some Changes Around Here

David Webb believes in freedom–free markets and free people. He has been an unusually effective fighter for both kinds of freedom in three decades in Hong Kong. By Asia Business Council Executive Director Mark Clifford.

June 7, 2020

After the COVID-19 Panic: Three Lessons for Business

The panic is past. But the pandemic is still with us. Businesses are preparing for a world in which the Covid-19 virus and other pandemic diseases are a recurring feature. What will this new landscape look like? By Asia Business Council Executive Director Mark Clifford.

April 14, 2020

The View: In the battle against the coronavirus, Japan and the four ‘tiger economies’ offer the world a new ‘Asian miracle’

The relatively low infection and death rates in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan are a testament to investment in public health infrastructure, transparency and societies that prioritize group interests. By Executive Director Mark Clifford.

February 19, 2020

The View: The coronavirus was no black swan. Hong Kong and China just weren’t ready for a crisis

Lessons that should have been learned after the harrowing Sars experience were not: diseases like Covid-19 will happen from time to time in a hyper-connected world, and the trust and transparency that will fortify a society’s response to such a crisis is lacking. By Executive Director Mark Clifford.

January 15, 2020

The View: Companies must help defuse Hong Kong’s crisis, and do what the government can’t

Like the wildfires in Australia, the political flames in Hong Kong burn hotter with each outbreak. Given that the government shows no intention of heeding the public’s voices, corporate Hong Kong must get to work on community engagement. By Executive Director Mark Clifford.

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