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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

Shanghai 'revolution' may be uphill battle for Premier Li

Premier Li Keqiang has a tough job. From the new war on air pollution to maintaining strong economic growth in a more realistic manner, nothing is easy for the country's No 2 leader after President Xi Jinping.

Monday, 17 March, 2014, 8:59am 3 comments

Hong Kong should not be a dumping ground for middling IPOs

"As long as you can meet the listing requirements of the Hong Kong stock exchange, you should definitely go there." That was the clear message from one of the most senior stock market regulators on the mainland when asked about the funding needs of small-sized, capital-hungry private enterprises.

10 Mar 2014 - 10:18am 5 comments

Greedy Shanghai taxi drivers show the 'evil' side of new technology

Google once had an informal corporate motto - "Don't be evil" - a sentiment often shared by many other technology firms around the world. Technology itself can't be evil if we see it purely from a scientific perspective, but how we make use of it can be a very different story.

3 Mar 2014 - 12:07pm 9 comments

We need to hear more, not less, from our intellectuals

Many of my colleagues and friends know I have two real-life identities - by day I am an editor and journalist with the South China Morning Post, and at weekends I am a student at the University of Hong Kong who hopes to survive a four-year doctoral programme and someday be called Dr. Chen.

24 Feb 2014 - 8:26am 11 comments

Corruption the watchword as annual national summits near

Every year in March, the country's most important officials and businessmen will converge in Beijing for the two annual top-level political summits known as "Liang Hui".

17 Feb 2014 - 8:09am

Sochi Games brings back memories, but let's move on

My first trip to the United States in early 2008 - with the Beijing Olympic Games just months away - gave me a street-level glimpse of China's rising profile on Wall Street as well as among ordinary Americans.

10 Feb 2014 - 1:54pm

Have free trade zones become a victim of power struggle in China?

One, two, three … keep going … 12. Now you have reached the magic number the central government has come up with for free-trade zones to support its new round of economic reforms.

27 Jan 2014 - 11:24am 2 comments

Hong Kong's top ranking for economic freedom feels a good laugh

Did the Heritage Foundation ever send its experts into the streets of Hong Kong to meet ordinary people and ask them how free the city's economy has become in recent years?

20 Jan 2014 - 9:17am 3 comments

The deafening silence of Shanghai's free-trade zone

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What word do you think will best describe Shanghai's progress this year on its ambitious new free-trade zone? For Gordon Orr, that word is "quiet".

13 Jan 2014 - 8:45am 4 comments

Toys and games help us get back to a simpler way of life

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With politics seemingly crowding out business in Hong Kong these days, Asia's largest toy fair has come to town and is a welcome distraction.

6 Jan 2014 - 8:29am