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October 16, 2019

The View: China’s targeting of the NBA shows why it may fail at building soft power – and the Chinese dream

By narrowing the boundaries of commentary, China is gradually alienating outsiders who might see opportunities there. In attacking the NBA, which does not need China and would be difficult to replace, Beijing may have finally gone too far. By Executive Director Mark Clifford.

June 18, 2019

The View: As the US-China trade war bites, Hong Kong’s economic survival rests on its liberal values

Hong Kong needs to trim its dependence on the services sector, accelerate research and development, and open up new growth paths — and key to its economic survival are its fundamental values of personal and judicial freedoms. By Program Director Janet Pau.

April 30, 2019

Hong Kong can make itself a role model in preparing for pandemics

Hong Kong can better prepare for pandemic risks by turning to disruptive technology and financial innovation. By Asia Business Council Program Director Janet Pau.

April 16, 2019

Along with climate change come mosquito-borne diseases. Is Hong Kong ready for a public health emergency?

Climate change is not just an environmental but also a looming public health crisis: expect more cases of heat-related illnesses and mosquito-borne diseases. Asian countries are finding hi-tech solutions and Hong Kong should prepare, too. By Asia Business Council Program Associate Jennifer Lo.

October 17, 2017

China Gets That Going Green Is A Win For Job Creation. Why Doesn’t Trump?

In 2016, China accounted for roughly one quarter of the world’s total $329 billion of new energy investment, according to BNEF. More importantly, China sees the green energy transition as an important source of innovation. By Asia Business Council Adjunct Fellow Jill Baker.

June 13, 2017

As Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam must lead the charge against gender barriers in the workplace

Getting more women into jobs by addressing workplace gender discrimination and the pay gap are priority issues for an ageing Hong Kong seeking economic transition. By Asia Business Council Program Director Janet Pau and Princeton in Asia Fellow Joanna Sobolewska.

September 26, 2016

Unleashing the Potential of Women in Asia and the Gulf

This briefing focuses on the opportunities and levers to unleash the potential of women, who present an immediate and sizable opportunity for Asia and the Gulf. Improving the education and workforce participation of women in the region is good for society, productivity, and the economy. Expanding opportunities and breaking barriers for women in Asia and

April 14, 2015

More green jobs in a cleaner China

Asia Business Council Executive Director Mark Clifford spoke to Reuters about green job growth in China.

October 21, 2014

Lack of opportunities in Hong Kong creating a generation without hope

This opinion piece calls for a rethink of Hong Kong’s job creation strategy to address young people’s frustration with social and personal stagnation – the real driving force behind the Occupy protests. By Asia Business Council Program Director Janet Pau.

September 27, 2014

Beyond GDP: Measuring Progress and Well-Being in Asia

  In the past half-century, Asia has seen remarkable growth, lifting millions out of extreme poverty and achieving GDP growth rates that are the envy of the world. While GDP growth has been impressive on the surface, not everyone is benefitting from growth, as higher GDP growth for countries has not necessarily translated to better