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.

Latest from David Dodwell

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 - 7:19AM

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.

29 Apr 2019 - 6:31AM

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 - 12:48AM

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
Inside Out | Europe’s self obsession nurtured its naivety about China for the wrong reasons. It’s time for a reality check

Throughout the EU’s history, Europe’s leaders were more concerned with links between themselves than with the global economy, in particular Asia

24 Mar 2019 - 4:04PM

Throughout the EU’s history, Europe’s leaders were more concerned with links between themselves than with the global economy, in particular Asia

Europe’s self obsession nurtured its naivety about China for the wrong reasons. It’s time for a reality check
Outside In | Hong Kong, like other cities, is running out of room for the dead

With urban living comes the challenge of housing the dead. In Hong Kong, where most bodies are cremated, even a niche for an urn can be hard to come by. Aside from the exotic ‘green’ burial options, a more lasting solution must be found.

23 Mar 2019 - 7:11AM

With urban living comes the challenge of housing the dead. In Hong Kong, where most bodies are cremated, even a niche for an urn can be hard to come by. Aside from the exotic ‘green’ burial options, a more lasting solution must be found.

Hong Kong, like other cities, is running out of room for the dead
Inside Out | Who are airlines kidding with their unrealistic ads when air travel is mostly a nightmarish experience?

Airline travel is definitely not what it’s made out to be by marketing and advertising wizards. Instead, airlines will be respected so much more if they made some efforts towards easing the pain of long-distance travel

17 Mar 2019 - 2:14PM

Airline travel is definitely not what it’s made out to be by marketing and advertising wizards. Instead, airlines will be respected so much more if they made some efforts towards easing the pain of long-distance travel

Who are airlines kidding with their unrealistic ads when air travel is mostly a nightmarish experience?
Outside In | Boeing’s woes fuel Washington’s fears of the age of the made-in-China plane

The worldwide grounding of the 737 Max 8 jet is giving the US a chance to fixate on another Chinese sector: aviation. To trade hawks, China’s C919 project is a sore reminder of the way Beijing is using state subsidies, and US tech, to compete.

16 Mar 2019 - 3:47PM

The worldwide grounding of the 737 Max 8 jet is giving the US a chance to fixate on another Chinese sector: aviation. To trade hawks, China’s C919 project is a sore reminder of the way Beijing is using state subsidies, and US tech, to compete.

Boeing’s woes fuel Washington’s fears of the age of the made-in-China plane
Inside Out | For all of Apec’s talk of lowering trade barriers, its single biggest success is removing visas for business travellers in the group

Business travel accounted for a quarter of international journeys in 2017, valued at around US$1.33 billion.

11 Mar 2019 - 9:21AM

Business travel accounted for a quarter of international journeys in 2017, valued at around US$1.33 billion.

For all of Apec’s talk of lowering trade barriers, its single biggest success is removing visas for business travellers in the group
Outside In | What Donald Trump should know about the global trade in human hair

The story of the hair trade is a story about women in developing countries cutting, collecting and untangling hair to make a living. But it is also a story about billions of dollars in global trade.

9 Mar 2019 - 1:42AM

The story of the hair trade is a story about women in developing countries cutting, collecting and untangling hair to make a living. But it is also a story about billions of dollars in global trade.

What Donald Trump should know about the global trade in human hair
Inside Out | Hong Kong millennials’ trust in government surprisingly higher than others. But what brought about this change?

Edelman’s Hong Kong executives say that rising household incomes, jobless rate at 20-year low and a decline in serious crimes has lifted community mood

3 Mar 2019 - 9:57PM

Edelman’s Hong Kong executives say that rising household incomes, jobless rate at 20-year low and a decline in serious crimes has lifted community mood

Hong Kong millennials’ trust in government surprisingly higher than others. But what brought about this change?
Outside In | Women’s rights aren’t just for women shattering the glass ceiling, they are for millions of working women

This International Women’s Day, remember not just the corporate women warriors, but also the millions of women in low-income jobs and those seeking to return to work after raising their children. Surely, they are the ones feminist advocates should be fighting for.

2 Mar 2019 - 12:44PM

This International Women’s Day, remember not just the corporate women warriors, but also the millions of women in low-income jobs and those seeking to return to work after raising their children. Surely, they are the ones feminist advocates should be fighting for.

Women’s rights aren’t just for women shattering the glass ceiling, they are for millions of working women
The Greater Bay Area is Hong Kong’s economic opportunity of a lifetime. Don’t let prejudice or ignorance get in the way
Outside In | China has a right to its own economic vision. US trade negotiators should remember that

The argument for supporting local industry in the face of fierce foreign competition is not unique to the Chinese. In some sectors, such as clean energy, state support might even be desirable. The challenge to China’s industrial policy is not justified.

23 Feb 2019 - 1:04AM

The argument for supporting local industry in the face of fierce foreign competition is not unique to the Chinese. In some sectors, such as clean energy, state support might even be desirable. The challenge to China’s industrial policy is not justified.

China has a right to its own economic vision. US trade negotiators should remember that
Inside Out | The Earth’s climate could be about to do something it hasn’t done for billions of years

British policy report underscores the increasingly obvious – the world’s ecology is in a costly death spiral and time is running out

25 Feb 2019 - 5:52PM

British policy report underscores the increasingly obvious – the world’s ecology is in a costly death spiral and time is running out

The Earth’s climate could be about to do something it hasn’t done for billions of years
Outside In | Donald Trump’s America is proof that no country can ignore the danger of sliding into a kakistocracy – rule by the worst

The US president’s impulsive decisions, garbled communication and revolving-door administration raise the spectre of a kakistocracy, putting at risk clean, efficient global trade and investment.

16 Feb 2019 - 4:53AM

The US president’s impulsive decisions, garbled communication and revolving-door administration raise the spectre of a kakistocracy, putting at risk clean, efficient global trade and investment.

Donald Trump’s America is proof that no country can ignore the danger of sliding into a kakistocracy – rule by the worst
Opinion | How Silicon Valley’s ‘surveillance capitalism’ is enriching its leaders and making us their pawns

The business model spawned by the likes of Facebook and Google is invisibly concentrating corporate power and destroying our privacy, says David Dodwell

10 Feb 2019 - 10:44PM

The business model spawned by the likes of Facebook and Google is invisibly concentrating corporate power and destroying our privacy, says David Dodwell

How Silicon Valley’s ‘surveillance capitalism’ is enriching its leaders and making us their pawns
Outside In | Are Chinese students in the US a national security threat, or an economic benefit to both countries?

The many Chinese students studying abroad were putting Apec’s ‘earn, learn, return’ model into practice – then US ideologues saw something more sinister at play.

9 Feb 2019 - 3:47AM

The many Chinese students studying abroad were putting Apec’s ‘earn, learn, return’ model into practice – then US ideologues saw something more sinister at play.

Are Chinese students in the US a national security threat, or an economic benefit to both countries?