David Dodwell

David Dodwell is the executive director of the Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Study Group, a trade policy think tank.
David Dodwell
David Dodwell is the executive director of the Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Study Group, a trade policy think tank.

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Outside In | Donald Trump is putting global cooperation to a stress test. And the world may be better for it

The spirit of international cooperation that emerged from the ashes of World War II is under threat, after decades of global economic growth. As the US abandons multilateralism, will other nations step forward as new spiritual leaders?

14 Jul 2019 - 11:15PM

The spirit of international cooperation that emerged from the ashes of World War II is under threat, after decades of global economic growth. As the US abandons multilateralism, will other nations step forward as new spiritual leaders?

Donald Trump is putting global cooperation to a stress test. And the world may be better for it
Inside Out | It’s China’s job to restore public trust in Hong Kong. Carrie Lam can’t do it alone

The Hong Kong government can’t convince the world its autonomy is intact when it’s assumed Beijing calls the shots Carrie Lam’s government should focus on building bridges in the community, rather than consider mounting any global PR campaign.

12 Jul 2019 - 10:29PM

The Hong Kong government can’t convince the world its autonomy is intact when it’s assumed Beijing calls the shots Carrie Lam’s government should focus on building bridges in the community, rather than consider mounting any global PR campaign.

It’s China’s job to restore public trust in Hong Kong. Carrie Lam can’t do it alone
Inside Out | How to reverse the global food crisis: listen to your grandmother – eat better, waste less, drink water and cut the sugar

There is more food on the planet than ever before, but diets are becoming more impoverished, dominated by sugar and junk food. Eating better and wasting less are the first steps to equilibrium.

8 Jul 2019 - 4:39PM

There is more food on the planet than ever before, but diets are becoming more impoverished, dominated by sugar and junk food. Eating better and wasting less are the first steps to equilibrium.

How to reverse the global food crisis: listen to your grandmother – eat better, waste less, drink water and cut the sugar
Outside In | The looming global trade crisis created by Donald Trump’s administration that you may not have heard about

The WTO’s system for dispute resolution will collapse in December after a US block on appointing new judges means the panel will have insufficient numbers when two retire. After that, it will be the ‘law of the jungle’, favouring big players like the US.

6 Jul 2019 - 3:52AM

The WTO’s system for dispute resolution will collapse in December after a US block on appointing new judges means the panel will have insufficient numbers when two retire. After that, it will be the ‘law of the jungle’, favouring big players like the US.

The looming global trade crisis created by Donald Trump’s administration that you may not have heard about
Inside Out | When it comes to airports and baggage handling, Asia is miles ahead of the rest of the world

The world’s airlines mislaid only 24.8 million bags last year, which is still 24.8 million too many. Fortunately, in Asia, with its modern airports, the mishandling rate is significantly lower than in Europe.

23 Jun 2019 - 10:25PM

The world’s airlines mislaid only 24.8 million bags last year, which is still 24.8 million too many. Fortunately, in Asia, with its modern airports, the mishandling rate is significantly lower than in Europe.

When it comes to airports and baggage handling, Asia is miles ahead of the rest of the world
Outside In | Hong Kong extradition protests reveal deep-rooted problems that need addressing. How will Carrie Lam and Beijing respond?

The government failed to account for people’s mistrust of China, lack of faith in the ability of Hong Kong’s leadership to make independent decisions and the demographic complexity of the community.

21 Jun 2019 - 10:28PM

The government failed to account for people’s mistrust of China, lack of faith in the ability of Hong Kong’s leadership to make independent decisions and the demographic complexity of the community.

Hong Kong extradition protests reveal deep-rooted problems that need addressing. How will Carrie Lam and Beijing respond?
Inside Out | US-China rivalry makes rare earths a matter of national security, rather than economics

Should China, a major exporter of these minerals critical to US military capabilities, try to hold the US hostage by threatening a ban, it can be sure America will pay the price, however high, for alternatives.

17 Jun 2019 - 7:22AM

Should China, a major exporter of these minerals critical to US military capabilities, try to hold the US hostage by threatening a ban, it can be sure America will pay the price, however high, for alternatives.

US-China rivalry makes rare earths a matter of national security, rather than economics
Outside In | High-performers are drawn to marathons and ultramarathons, while joggers jog because we can

Completing a marathon – or ultramarathon – shows the determination it takes to succeed in the boardroom. ‘Joggers’ merely enjoy it, and can spare some extra calories

15 Jun 2019 - 11:34AM

Completing a marathon – or ultramarathon – shows the determination it takes to succeed in the boardroom. ‘Joggers’ merely enjoy it, and can spare some extra calories

High-performers are drawn to marathons and ultramarathons, while joggers jog because we can
Inside Out | Donald Trump’s tariffs are big, fat American snake oil meant to win re-election, not solve real problems

The days when the mercurial president seemed to have focused his tariffs on China are long gone. With the election looming, he now sees tariffs as an all-purpose tool to assert his will.

10 Jun 2019 - 12:09AM

The days when the mercurial president seemed to have focused his tariffs on China are long gone. With the election looming, he now sees tariffs as an all-purpose tool to assert his will.

Donald Trump’s tariffs are big, fat American snake oil meant to win re-election, not solve real problems
Outside In | More than a year after China’s ban on waste imports, the world is still learning to clean up after itself

The loss of the world’s No 1 dumping ground has forced some to turn more to recycling and others to find more amenable waste importers. Everywhere, however, minds are being focused on the staggering amounts of rubbish we produce each year.

8 Jun 2019 - 7:50AM

The loss of the world’s No 1 dumping ground has forced some to turn more to recycling and others to find more amenable waste importers. Everywhere, however, minds are being focused on the staggering amounts of rubbish we produce each year.

More than a year after China’s ban on waste imports, the world is still learning to clean up after itself
Inside Out | US hawks’ talk of a clash of civilisations is rooted in an intolerance of differences

US State Department official Kiron Skinner’s comments on the US-China conflict being between two vastly different civilisations betray a sense of Judeo-Christian superiority and a lack of understanding of the reality of China.

3 Jun 2019 - 3:00AM

US State Department official Kiron Skinner’s comments on the US-China conflict being between two vastly different civilisations betray a sense of Judeo-Christian superiority and a lack of understanding of the reality of China.

US hawks’ talk of a clash of civilisations is rooted in an intolerance of differences
Outside In | Migrants mean more than birth rates in meeting Hong Kong’s labour shortage, which is why we must act now

Hong Kong has traditionally depended on migrant labourers to meet its domestic demand. The problem is that neighbouring countries are set for similar shortages, thus thinning the pool.

1 Jun 2019 - 11:15AM

Hong Kong has traditionally depended on migrant labourers to meet its domestic demand. The problem is that neighbouring countries are set for similar shortages, thus thinning the pool.

Migrants mean more than birth rates in meeting Hong Kong’s labour shortage, which is why we must act now
Inside Out | Donald Trump’s trade and tech wars with China take a sinister turn, endangering the global economy

Increasingly, the Trump administration’s trade war is not about tariffs but about keeping China in its place, regardless of the costs to US companies and consumers – and the world. The trade conflict is heading in a dangerous new direction.

27 May 2019 - 4:00AM

Increasingly, the Trump administration’s trade war is not about tariffs but about keeping China in its place, regardless of the costs to US companies and consumers – and the world. The trade conflict is heading in a dangerous new direction.

Donald Trump’s trade and tech wars with China take a sinister turn, endangering the global economy
Outside In | From the third runway to Lantau Tomorrow, Hong Kong’s ambition to build has one snag – the world is running out of sand

Our increasingly urban world is now using sand and gravel faster than they can be replenished naturally. The recent problem in building the Hong Kong airport’s third runway due to a delay in sand supply illustrates the challenge to come.

25 May 2019 - 7:34AM

Our increasingly urban world is now using sand and gravel faster than they can be replenished naturally. The recent problem in building the Hong Kong airport’s third runway due to a delay in sand supply illustrates the challenge to come.

From the third runway to Lantau Tomorrow, Hong Kong’s ambition to build has one snag – the world is running out of sand
Inside Out | The Arctic is the next geopolitical hot spot that the US wants to freeze China out of

As countries race to benefit from a new shipping route and other resources in the Arctic, the US, viewing the region through a national security lens, is pushing back against Russia and China.

20 May 2019 - 1:00AM

As countries race to benefit from a new shipping route and other resources in the Arctic, the US, viewing the region through a national security lens, is pushing back against Russia and China.

The Arctic is the next geopolitical hot spot that the US wants to freeze China out of
Outside In | Is the palm oil industry going up in smoke as market forces and environmental concerns collide?

Malaysia and Indonesia are grappling with an impending European Union ban on palm oil in biofuel combined with uncertain demand from the food industry, declining global oil prices and questions about the credibility of ‘sustainable’ plantations.

18 May 2019 - 11:00AM

Malaysia and Indonesia are grappling with an impending European Union ban on palm oil in biofuel combined with uncertain demand from the food industry, declining global oil prices and questions about the credibility of ‘sustainable’ plantations.

Is the palm oil industry going up in smoke as market forces and environmental concerns collide?
Inside Out | No trade deal? Why China should walk away and hit back at the US, in the sectors where it really hurts

While all may seem calm in markets despite the failure of the latest round of talks, a protracted trade war risks doing severe harm to the global economy. China should draw up countermeasures to hit US businesses and be ready to shift its dealings to the EU, Japan and Asean.

13 May 2019 - 3:00AM

While all may seem calm in markets despite the failure of the latest round of talks, a protracted trade war risks doing severe harm to the global economy. China should draw up countermeasures to hit US businesses and be ready to shift its dealings to the EU, Japan and Asean.

No trade deal? Why China should walk away and hit back at the US, in the sectors where it really hurts
Outside In | Alarm bell on one million species facing extinction has been sounded and heard. What now?

The damning report on the acceleration of species extinction and its impact on human life is the wake-up call we all need. Unfortunately, it was short on clear guidance on what must be done to reverse the current trend.

11 May 2019 - 7:20AM

The damning report on the acceleration of species extinction and its impact on human life is the wake-up call we all need. Unfortunately, it was short on clear guidance on what must be done to reverse the current trend.

Alarm bell on one million species facing extinction has been sounded and heard. What now?
Inside Out | Hold the champagne, Mr Trump. China isn’t about to give the US a preferential trade deal

Trump’s tariff war is harder to win than he claimed. Studies have found that the US economy is paying the costs of his tariffs. Meanwhile, China’s overtures to other trade partners suggest it won’t cut a preferential deal with the US.

6 May 2019 - 9:00AM

Trump’s tariff war is harder to win than he claimed. Studies have found that the US economy is paying the costs of his tariffs. Meanwhile, China’s overtures to other trade partners suggest it won’t cut a preferential deal with the US.

Hold the champagne, Mr Trump. China isn’t about to give the US a preferential trade deal
Outside In | China’s massive market means big business for baijiu and Kweichow Moutai. The belt and road may take them even further

With China sending its money, workers and influence abroad, the baijiu brands that have benefited from its massive market alone may get yet another big boost.

4 May 2019 - 8:45AM

With China sending its money, workers and influence abroad, the baijiu brands that have benefited from its massive market alone may get yet another big boost.

China’s massive market means big business for baijiu and Kweichow Moutai. The belt and road may take them even further
Inside Out | Swine fever ails more than just China’s favourite meat, with millions of small farmers, exports likely to suffer

News that African Swine Fever has swept into China has massive ramifications not just for millions of pig farmers and the world’s largest consumer market for pork, but for industries across the world, whether it is German sausage makers, or Iowan soybean exporters.

5 Jun 2019 - 12:01AM

News that African Swine Fever has swept into China has massive ramifications not just for millions of pig farmers and the world’s largest consumer market for pork, but for industries across the world, whether it is German sausage makers, or Iowan soybean exporters.

Swine fever ails more than just China’s favourite meat, with millions of small farmers, exports likely to suffer
Outside In | For a more equal and still diverse Indonesia, all of Asia should hope Joko Widodo’s second term is successful

Joko Widodo had many successes in his first term, but not as many as promised. As Islamism threatens and inequality looms, a prosperous second term would bring relief to investors, neighbours and minorities.

27 Apr 2019 - 12:55AM

Joko Widodo had many successes in his first term, but not as many as promised. As Islamism threatens and inequality looms, a prosperous second term would bring relief to investors, neighbours and minorities.

For a more equal and still diverse Indonesia, all of Asia should hope Joko Widodo’s second term is successful
Inside Out | Turning China’s Belt and Road Initiative into a new cold war weapon by the US is deeply frustrating

The US must put aside it bitterness over the Belt and Road Initiative to ensure infrastructure development in neglected corners of the developing world to help lift millions out of poverty.

21 Apr 2019 - 8:54PM

The US must put aside it bitterness over the Belt and Road Initiative to ensure infrastructure development in neglected corners of the developing world to help lift millions out of poverty.

Turning China’s Belt and Road Initiative into a new cold war weapon by the US is deeply frustrating
Outside In | Does Japan’s Reiwa era promise a new economic dawn even as China rises?

The Heisei era under Emperor Akihito was blighted by decades of economic stagnation. As the country enters the Reiwa era under Naruhito, there are encouraging signs that Japan has found a new regional role.

19 Apr 2019 - 10:22PM

The Heisei era under Emperor Akihito was blighted by decades of economic stagnation. As the country enters the Reiwa era under Naruhito, there are encouraging signs that Japan has found a new regional role.

Does Japan’s Reiwa era promise a new economic dawn even as China rises?
Inside Out | Poor diets, both among the overindulged and malnourished, kill more people every year than smoking, Lancet study finds

A study last week by The Lancet found that poor diets - both by the overindulged and the malnourished - cause one in five deaths worldwide every year, more than smoking

15 Apr 2019 - 9:23AM

A study last week by The Lancet found that poor diets - both by the overindulged and the malnourished - cause one in five deaths worldwide every year, more than smoking

Poor diets, both among the overindulged and malnourished, kill more people every year than smoking, Lancet study finds
Outside In | Why pour billions into searching for a black hole and reaching distant stars when worthier causes exist at home?

From photographing a black hole to China’s particle collider, billions are being spent on esoteric physics and space research, which could more fruitfully allocated to projects that would solve the planet’s pressing problems.

14 Apr 2019 - 10:13AM

From photographing a black hole to China’s particle collider, billions are being spent on esoteric physics and space research, which could more fruitfully allocated to projects that would solve the planet’s pressing problems.

Why pour billions into searching for a black hole and reaching distant stars when worthier causes exist at home?
Inside Out | How many rats are there in Hong Kong? Their thriving population reflects human society’s inability to clean up after ourselves

Humans, unable to keep our nests clean, have relied on our shadow selves – rats, cockroaches, pigeons, dogs – to scavenge a living by cleaning up after us

7 Apr 2019 - 7:41PM

Humans, unable to keep our nests clean, have relied on our shadow selves – rats, cockroaches, pigeons, dogs – to scavenge a living by cleaning up after us

How many rats are there in Hong Kong? Their thriving population reflects human society’s inability to clean up after ourselves
Outside In | War on climate change is doomed if China turns back towards the coalface

While last year’s summit in Poland signalled renewed commitment to the fight against climate change, recent studies point to China quietly moving back towards coal-fired power and Chinese institutions financing coal plants in other countries.

6 Apr 2019 - 3:36AM

While last year’s summit in Poland signalled renewed commitment to the fight against climate change, recent studies point to China quietly moving back towards coal-fired power and Chinese institutions financing coal plants in other countries.

War on climate change is doomed if China turns back towards the coalface
Inside Out | Who is the real April’s Fool, 1,000 fateful days after Britain’s vote to divorce its destiny from the European Union?

The price of the Brexit mess has been paid not just at home, but far beyond Britain’s shores, and that is no-one’s April Fool’s Day joke

1 Apr 2019 - 8:24AM

The price of the Brexit mess has been paid not just at home, but far beyond Britain’s shores, and that is no-one’s April Fool’s Day joke

Who is the real April’s Fool, 1,000 fateful days after Britain’s vote to divorce its destiny from the European Union?
Outside In | Green revolution for the world’s shipping fleet comes not a moment too soon

New regulations restricting the use of high-sulphur fuel have oil markets in a panic. But shippers are coming up with innovative new solutions to power their vessels, essential for the future given that ships account for 90 per cent of world trade.

29 Mar 2019 - 10:21PM

New regulations restricting the use of high-sulphur fuel have oil markets in a panic. But shippers are coming up with innovative new solutions to power their vessels, essential for the future given that ships account for 90 per cent of world trade.

Green revolution for the world’s shipping fleet comes not a moment too soon