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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Inside Out | Hongkongers feel betrayed by the system. Here are eight ways for the city to find hope again

Hong Kong is not alone in facing problems, beginning with widening inequality and middle-class stagnation. In times of distress, we must seek ways to secure our future as a critically important city.

16 Sep 2019 - 9:15AM

Hong Kong is not alone in facing problems, beginning with widening inequality and middle-class stagnation. In times of distress, we must seek ways to secure our future as a critically important city.

Hongkongers feel betrayed by the system. Here are eight ways for the city to find hope again
Outside In | Singapore, the US, Hong Kong and other developed economies lead the pack in waste. What will we do when the rest of the world catches up?

China’s ban on imported waste in 2018 was not welcomed by the rest of the world, but it now appears to be a blessing. Developed countries must learn how to deal with their own waste, primarily by seeing it all as a resource to be recovered.

14 Sep 2019 - 2:29AM

China’s ban on imported waste in 2018 was not welcomed by the rest of the world, but it now appears to be a blessing. Developed countries must learn how to deal with their own waste, primarily by seeing it all as a resource to be recovered.

Singapore, the US, Hong Kong and other developed economies lead the pack in waste. What will we do when the rest of the world catches up?
Inside Out | Inverted yield curves may alarm Donald Trump and the wealthy, but it’s just more stagnation and inequality for the rest of us

Low interest rates after the 2008 crisis limit our response to the next recession, but that’s not the only problem. For those who aren’t wealthiest of the wealthy, prevailing low interest rates have meant salaries stagnate and savings evaporate.

9 Sep 2019 - 7:42AM

Low interest rates after the 2008 crisis limit our response to the next recession, but that’s not the only problem. For those who aren’t wealthiest of the wealthy, prevailing low interest rates have meant salaries stagnate and savings evaporate.

Inverted yield curves may alarm Donald Trump and the wealthy, but it’s just more stagnation and inequality for the rest of us
Outside In | With any luck, Hong Kong’s ninja protesters will hang up their masks and the summer of discontent will pass

To keep things in perspective, the Hong Kong protests have been less self-destructive than Brexit. With Carrie Lam’s withdrawal of the extradition bill, the city may have a slim chance of returning to calm and restarting political reform.

7 Sep 2019 - 6:28AM

To keep things in perspective, the Hong Kong protests have been less self-destructive than Brexit. With Carrie Lam’s withdrawal of the extradition bill, the city may have a slim chance of returning to calm and restarting political reform.

With any luck, Hong Kong’s ninja protesters will hang up their masks and the summer of discontent will pass
Inside Out | Why even Donald Trump can’t stop the march of overseas workers, and the money flows going home

International worker remittances have topped overseas funds sources for developing economies. This is not a passing trend, as ageing advanced nations fuel demand for international labour, and the lack of work opportunities back home ensures a steady supply.

2 Sep 2019 - 1:11AM

International worker remittances have topped overseas funds sources for developing economies. This is not a passing trend, as ageing advanced nations fuel demand for international labour, and the lack of work opportunities back home ensures a steady supply.

Why even Donald Trump can’t stop the march of overseas workers, and the money flows going home
Outside In | It’s bananas: global food crisis warning that the Asia-Pacific can’t afford to ignore

The deadly Panama disease fungus has arrived in South America, threatening the world banana trade and highlighting species vulnerability and risks to food security amid climate change. Apec food ministers’ silence on this in Chile was inexplicable.

30 Aug 2019 - 10:24PM

The deadly Panama disease fungus has arrived in South America, threatening the world banana trade and highlighting species vulnerability and risks to food security amid climate change. Apec food ministers’ silence on this in Chile was inexplicable.

It’s bananas: global food crisis warning that the Asia-Pacific can’t afford to ignore
Inside Out | Carrie Lam has to reconnect with the people if she is ever to understand the root of Hong Kong’s crisis

Hong Kong’s extradition bill debacle is a good example of bad crisis management: the government needs to realise the crisis is rooted in the plan it developed, not in the way it communicated the idea.

25 Aug 2019 - 10:18PM

Hong Kong’s extradition bill debacle is a good example of bad crisis management: the government needs to realise the crisis is rooted in the plan it developed, not in the way it communicated the idea.

Carrie Lam has to reconnect with the people if she is ever to understand the root of Hong Kong’s crisis
Outside In | Donald Trump’s laughable bid for Greenland reveals a great power tussle over the Arctic that’s deadly serious

As climate change makes the Arctic Ocean navigable and opens up access to fisheries and buried minerals, the fight over its riches will only intensify. Outrageous and comical as it may seem, Trump’s proposal to buy Greenland is unlikely to go away.

24 Aug 2019 - 2:48AM

As climate change makes the Arctic Ocean navigable and opens up access to fisheries and buried minerals, the fight over its riches will only intensify. Outrageous and comical as it may seem, Trump’s proposal to buy Greenland is unlikely to go away.

Donald Trump’s laughable bid for Greenland reveals a great power tussle over the Arctic that’s deadly serious
Inside Out | China will think long and hard before sending in the PLA – it needs the Hong Kong ‘experiment’ to work, and it wants Taiwan back

There is still time for the violent protests to be reined in. Hong Kong remains an indispensable connector between mainland companies and the world, and the city stands as proof of China’s commitment to the market-driven global economy.

19 Aug 2019 - 8:00AM

There is still time for the violent protests to be reined in. Hong Kong remains an indispensable connector between mainland companies and the world, and the city stands as proof of China’s commitment to the market-driven global economy.

China will think long and hard before sending in the PLA – it needs the Hong Kong ‘experiment’ to work, and it wants Taiwan back
Outside In | China is the world leader in special economic zones but the results are erratic at best, with many being underused or failing to benefit the wider economy

In a country where liberalisation is contentious and vested interests are many, SEZs have provided Beijing with avenues for test beds. As a result, China has more than half the world’s total special economic zones, with dozens in Shanghai alone.

16 Aug 2019 - 10:24PM

In a country where liberalisation is contentious and vested interests are many, SEZs have provided Beijing with avenues for test beds. As a result, China has more than half the world’s total special economic zones, with dozens in Shanghai alone.

China is the world leader in special economic zones but the results are erratic at best, with many being underused or failing to benefit the wider economy
Inside Out | Donald Trump’s war on climate science, Brexit and Hong Kong’s housing disaster are what happens when governments disregard evidence

Western societies, which once prided themselves on reason and respect for science, have become overrun with populists who reject both. Hong Kong has shown a similar malady when it comes to addressing the city’s major issues.

12 Aug 2019 - 5:04AM

Western societies, which once prided themselves on reason and respect for science, have become overrun with populists who reject both. Hong Kong has shown a similar malady when it comes to addressing the city’s major issues.

Donald Trump’s war on climate science, Brexit and Hong Kong’s housing disaster are what happens when governments disregard evidence
Outside In | In the midst of Hong Kong’s turmoil, Carrie Lam must prioritise the housing crisis and get tough with property developers

The chief executive found the political will to introduce the ill-judged extradition bill. Surely her energy would be better expended on securing land in the New Territories for public housing projects, using emergency powers if necessary.

10 Aug 2019 - 9:30AM

The chief executive found the political will to introduce the ill-judged extradition bill. Surely her energy would be better expended on securing land in the New Territories for public housing projects, using emergency powers if necessary.

In the midst of Hong Kong’s turmoil, Carrie Lam must prioritise the housing crisis and get tough with property developers
Inside Out | It is up to Hong Kong to end this leaderless drift and save itself

The government needs to crawl out of its bunker and show it is not a puppet leader. The protesters need to make clear their concerns and reach for solutions. A leaderless drift will only allow thugs and hardliners to take brutal control – as happened with Tiananmen

5 Aug 2019 - 1:06PM

The government needs to crawl out of its bunker and show it is not a puppet leader. The protesters need to make clear their concerns and reach for solutions. A leaderless drift will only allow thugs and hardliners to take brutal control – as happened with Tiananmen

It is up to Hong Kong to end this leaderless drift and save itself
Outside In | As melting ice opens up Arctic routes, can the US set aside China and Russia rivalry for climate’s sake?

The Arctic Council has always focused on studying climate change and sustainable development. But the US choice to ignore climate change at a recent meeting in Finland and underline Arctic rivalries instead is a cause for concern.

3 Aug 2019 - 1:36PM

The Arctic Council has always focused on studying climate change and sustainable development. But the US choice to ignore climate change at a recent meeting in Finland and underline Arctic rivalries instead is a cause for concern.

As melting ice opens up Arctic routes, can the US set aside China and Russia rivalry for climate’s sake?
Inside Out | Resurgence of trade protectionism means Malaysia – and Apec – face huge challenges for 2020

Apec has unfinished business, including how it defines the ‘free and open’ trade it was supposed to have achieved by 2020. How this, the rise of protectionism and threat of climate change, is addressed will set the tone for its next 25 years.

29 Jul 2019 - 12:19PM

Apec has unfinished business, including how it defines the ‘free and open’ trade it was supposed to have achieved by 2020. How this, the rise of protectionism and threat of climate change, is addressed will set the tone for its next 25 years.

Resurgence of trade protectionism means Malaysia – and Apec – face huge challenges for 2020
Outside In | As Hong Kong steps deeper into a political mess, let us pray that the PLA doesn’t descend upon us

In a bad news week, British PM Boris Johnson is set to blunder his way into a no-deal Brexit and Hong Kong is thrown deeper into strife. As the Carrie Lam administration blinks in the headlights, Beijing might have to step in.

27 Jul 2019 - 9:13AM

In a bad news week, British PM Boris Johnson is set to blunder his way into a no-deal Brexit and Hong Kong is thrown deeper into strife. As the Carrie Lam administration blinks in the headlights, Beijing might have to step in.

As Hong Kong steps deeper into a political mess, let us pray that the PLA doesn’t descend upon us
Inside Out | What Trump’s tale about the US trade war’s role in China’s economic decline got wrong

China’s second-quarter GDP slowdown has more to do with the government’s debt crackdown than the US president’s efforts. Given China’s huge contribution to global GDP growth, any decline will adversely affect all economies.

22 Jul 2019 - 9:03AM

China’s second-quarter GDP slowdown has more to do with the government’s debt crackdown than the US president’s efforts. Given China’s huge contribution to global GDP growth, any decline will adversely affect all economies.

What Trump’s tale about the US trade war’s role in China’s economic decline got wrong
Outside In | Donald Trump should learn a lesson from imperial China’s failed rhubarb war with Britain

Rhubarb played an overlooked role in the opium war, after Qing China made a ludicrous miscalculation of foreigners’ reliance on the plant. In the current trade war, is Trump similarly in danger of misjudging China’s economic situation?

20 Jul 2019 - 5:55AM

Rhubarb played an overlooked role in the opium war, after Qing China made a ludicrous miscalculation of foreigners’ reliance on the plant. In the current trade war, is Trump similarly in danger of misjudging China’s economic situation?

Donald Trump should learn a lesson from imperial China’s failed rhubarb war with Britain
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