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Mr. Shangkong

Shanghai-born and Hong Kong-based George Chen is the financial editor at the South China Morning Post. He muses about the interplay between the two financial centres in Mr. Shangkong columns every Monday in print and online. George is on Twitter: @george_chen

What’s so special about ‘Yale kids’?

Since I began my life and studies at Yale University, one question I have frequently been asked by friends in China is:  what’s so special about Yale?

Thursday, 18 September, 2014, 11:22am 28 comments

No 1 risk for investing in Alibaba is Chinese politics

What is the biggest risk for investors in China's e-commerce giant Alibaba? In one word: politics.

15 Sep 2014 - 4:47am

Beijing to Hong Kong: you can vote, but we select the candidates

Seventeen years after taking control of Hong Kong, pledging universal suffrage for the territory, Beijing has made one-person one-vote meaningless by giving itself sole prerogative over choosing the candidates. As Hong Kong reels from the shock of this reversal of democratisation trend, the international community wonders about Hong Kong’s future and its standing in the eyes of the world. 

12 Sep 2014 - 12:40pm 4 comments

A 'correct' understanding of education in China

What is the purpose of education? Why are parents so keen to send children to top universities? What can our students really achieve with the help of education?

8 Sep 2014 - 9:42am 3 comments

Rumbling PLA carriers in Hong Kong set minds rolling

If there is one issue sure to make the business community nervous about the future of Hong Kong, it is the prospect of the leaders in Beijing miscalculating the political situation in the city.

1 Sep 2014 - 4:26am 28 comments

Which one fits: Hongkonger or Chinese?

Have you ever found yourself pausing for a second when people ask you where you come from? If you are like me, born in one place before moving to another to make a living, you may understand what I am saying.

25 Aug 2014 - 7:08am 14 comments

Spoilt child or not, Hong Kong merits attention

Li Ka-shing drew criticism from many when he warned in an interview earlier this year that Hong Kong is behaving like "a spoilt child".

18 Aug 2014 - 6:35am 7 comments

Antitrust or anti-foreigner in China?

First, it was Microsoft and then came Mercedes-Benz. Who's next? The list of foreign firms caught up in Beijing's antitrust probe - in particular the big multinationals - is growing.

11 Aug 2014 - 7:01am 1 comment

China's property story still goes on despite easing of curbs

More than 30 cities on the mainland have lifted home purchase restrictions in the past few months to allow locals and non-locals to buy more than one home.

4 Aug 2014 - 7:52am 2 comments

CAAC making name over flight delays

Did you know the mainland's aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), has a nickname given by frustrated travellers? To them, CAAC stands for "Chinese Airlines Always Cancel". How ironic.

28 Jul 2014 - 7:39am