David Dodwell

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 | The US will regret breaking WTO’s dispute settlement mechanism

From December 11, the WTO’s Appellate Court will stop hearing disputes, forcing the growing number of countries subject to US tariff wars to take their own defensive actions. As disputes stack up over trade, climate change and tech taxes, one thing is for certain: the US will rue the day it broke the mechanism to settle disputes multilaterally.

9 Dec 2019 - 3:40AM

From December 11, the WTO’s Appellate Court will stop hearing disputes, forcing the growing number of countries subject to US tariff wars to take their own defensive actions. As disputes stack up over trade, climate change and tech taxes, one thing is for certain: the US will rue the day it broke the mechanism to settle disputes multilaterally.

The US will regret breaking WTO’s dispute settlement mechanism
Outside In | Despite Donald Trump’s attack on the international postal system, he might be in for a nasty surprise in the mail next year

The Trump administration forced the Universal Postal Union to allow the US to set its own international postal fees from July next year. However, this is likely to make only a small dent in the country’s mail woes.

7 Dec 2019 - 1:36AM

The Trump administration forced the Universal Postal Union to allow the US to set its own international postal fees from July next year. However, this is likely to make only a small dent in the country’s mail woes.

Despite Donald Trump’s attack on the international postal system, he might be in for a nasty surprise in the mail next year
Inside Out | Carrie Lam must use the window of calm to start repairing the damage she has done to Hong Kong

Protesters have lost the campus battle but not the war, and the district elections watershed confirms that young, pro-democracy voters will only grow in power. Lam must use this window of calm to reflect wisely and act quickly.

1 Dec 2019 - 10:25PM

Protesters have lost the campus battle but not the war, and the district elections watershed confirms that young, pro-democracy voters will only grow in power. Lam must use this window of calm to reflect wisely and act quickly.

Carrie Lam must use the window of calm to start repairing the damage she has done to Hong Kong
Outside In | Tofurkey for Thanksgiving and mock roast suckling pig? How the world can eat less meat

Given global warming and the emergence of pseudo meats, more of us should be replacing the Thanksgiving turkey with meatless alternatives. Meanwhile, China’s meat prices have surged on its pork crisis: a chance for pseudo-meat makers to enter the world’s biggest meat-eating market.

30 Nov 2019 - 1:33AM

Given global warming and the emergence of pseudo meats, more of us should be replacing the Thanksgiving turkey with meatless alternatives. Meanwhile, China’s meat prices have surged on its pork crisis: a chance for pseudo-meat makers to enter the world’s biggest meat-eating market.

Tofurkey for Thanksgiving and mock roast suckling pig? How the world can eat less meat
Inside Out | China isn’t gaming global trade through its industrial polices or ‘unique’ economic model – the problem is out-of-date WTO rules

There’s a myth that says China got a pass into the WTO, and has used state-owned enterprises to break the rules ever since. But those rules were written before the digital age, and perhaps the state role in the market needs to be reconsidered.

25 Nov 2019 - 3:04AM

There’s a myth that says China got a pass into the WTO, and has used state-owned enterprises to break the rules ever since. But those rules were written before the digital age, and perhaps the state role in the market needs to be reconsidered.

China isn’t gaming global trade through its industrial polices or ‘unique’ economic model – the problem is out-of-date WTO rules
Outside In | Hong Kong’s protesters should reserve some fury for bigger problems: the climate crisis and our mountain of waste

Dozens of countries have set the goal of ‘net zero carbon’ by 2050, though how they will achieve this is far from clear. They are ahead of Hong Kong, though, which has yet to turn its attention to a task that will require changes from all of us.

22 Nov 2019 - 10:52PM

Dozens of countries have set the goal of ‘net zero carbon’ by 2050, though how they will achieve this is far from clear. They are ahead of Hong Kong, though, which has yet to turn its attention to a task that will require changes from all of us.

Hong Kong’s protesters should reserve some fury for bigger problems: the climate crisis and our mountain of waste
Inside Out | US exceptionalism thrives, but not all in Washington see US-China rivalry as a tussle between good and evil

Blame US exceptionalism for the seemingly widespread view of some US experts and Trump advisers that China threatens American values and freedoms – a threat the US needs to eradicate for good. Such a “Washington consensus” is far from the truth.

18 Nov 2019 - 6:22AM

Blame US exceptionalism for the seemingly widespread view of some US experts and Trump advisers that China threatens American values and freedoms – a threat the US needs to eradicate for good. Such a “Washington consensus” is far from the truth.

US exceptionalism thrives, but not all in Washington see US-China rivalry  as a tussle between good and evil
Outside In | Singles’ Day sales are no cause for optimism – when Chinese consumerism wakes, it may trash the world

The good news is that China’s Singles’ Day numbers show it is boosting domestic demand, becoming less reliant on exports. The bad news? If China, and India, replicate the West’s consumption and waste habits, we’ll have an environmental crisis.

16 Nov 2019 - 8:05AM

The good news is that China’s Singles’ Day numbers show it is boosting domestic demand, becoming less reliant on exports. The bad news? If China, and India, replicate the West’s consumption and waste habits, we’ll have an environmental crisis.

Singles’ Day sales are no cause for optimism – when Chinese consumerism wakes, it may trash the world
Inside Out | The world economy is headed for a recession. China won’t be there to save it this time

China’s economic health is important to the world not just because of its importance as a buyer and supplier, but also because of anxieties that it is less well placed to provide the massive stimulus it did after the 2008 financial crash.

11 Nov 2019 - 10:47AM

China’s economic health is important to the world not just because of its importance as a buyer and supplier, but also because of anxieties that it is less well placed to provide the massive stimulus it did after the 2008 financial crash.

The world economy is headed for a recession. China won’t be there to save it this time
Outside In | What Brexit supporters can learn from India pulling out of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership

RCEP is an important assurance that countries remain committed to multi-country liberalisation. India’s withdrawal from the pact leave the other 15 members in a quandary and highlights the difficulty of concluding trade deals.

8 Nov 2019 - 10:21PM

RCEP is an important assurance that countries remain committed to multi-country liberalisation. India’s withdrawal from the pact leave the other 15 members in a quandary and highlights the difficulty of concluding trade deals.

What Brexit supporters can learn from India pulling out of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership
Inside Out | Can Carrie Lam keep her deathbed promise to David Akers-Jones by helping Hong Kong’s poor and building more housing?

A Business Professionals Federation report suggests reforms to Hong Kong’s minimum wage, MPF, tax system and housing policy. Taking on these suggestions would help Chief Executive Carrie Lam keep her promise to David Akers-Jones.

4 Nov 2019 - 9:17AM

A Business Professionals Federation report suggests reforms to Hong Kong’s minimum wage, MPF, tax system and housing policy. Taking on these suggestions would help Chief Executive Carrie Lam keep her promise to David Akers-Jones.

Can Carrie Lam keep her deathbed promise to David Akers-Jones by helping Hong Kong’s poor and building more housing?
Outside In | Why the ‘Disunited Kingdom’ will remain trapped in the Brexit Groundhog Day cycle of destructive drama

At the fourth attempt, a date has been set for an election which will essentially be a Brexit referendum. Although Boris Johnson and his kamikaze Brexiters expect to win, a hung parliament and more uncertainty are more likely outcomes.

1 Nov 2019 - 10:44PM

At the fourth attempt, a date has been set for an election which will essentially be a Brexit referendum. Although Boris Johnson and his kamikaze Brexiters expect to win, a hung parliament and more uncertainty are more likely outcomes.

Why the ‘Disunited Kingdom’ will remain trapped in the Brexit Groundhog Day cycle of destructive drama
Inside Out | Promote women’s equality in the workplace – it’s long overdue, and it would boost the economy for everyone

Frustratingly outdated attitudes, including in East Asia, still keep women from reaching their potential in workplaces and governments. Numbers show that if we can bridge the gender divide worldwide, the boost to GDP would be substantial.

27 Oct 2019 - 8:47PM

Frustratingly outdated attitudes, including in East Asia, still keep women from reaching their potential in workplaces and governments. Numbers show that if we can bridge the gender divide worldwide, the boost to GDP would be substantial.

Promote women’s equality in the workplace – it’s long overdue, and it would boost the economy for everyone
Outside In | Is Hong Kong willing to make the drastic lifestyle changes necessary to head off the climate crisis? The signs aren’t good

Drastic behavioural shifts are urgently needed, with households worldwide responsible for three-quarters of carbon emissions. In Hong Kong, as elsewhere, the challenge is to fly less, eat less meat and improve energy and transport efficiency.

25 Oct 2019 - 10:34PM

Drastic behavioural shifts are urgently needed, with households worldwide responsible for three-quarters of carbon emissions. In Hong Kong, as elsewhere, the challenge is to fly less, eat less meat and improve energy and transport efficiency.

Is Hong Kong willing to make the drastic lifestyle changes necessary to head off the climate crisis? The signs aren’t good
Inside Out | What Hong Kong’s crisis and Britain’s Brexit woes have in common

In both cases, deep societal rifts and a political misstep combined to wreak political civil war and economic harm, leaving deep, perhaps permanent scars. Brexit’s lesson for Hong Kong? It is hard to stuff the genie back in the bottle.

21 Oct 2019 - 7:24AM

In both cases, deep societal rifts and a political misstep combined to wreak political civil war and economic harm, leaving deep, perhaps permanent scars. Brexit’s lesson for Hong Kong? It is hard to stuff the genie back in the bottle.

What Hong Kong’s crisis and Britain’s Brexit woes have in common
Outside In | Hong Kong’s economy is reeling from the one-two blow of local protests and US-China trade conflict, but it will survive

The impact of the unrest has been quick and devastating, but the city has lived through worse crises. While longer-term damage from the trade war is more of a worry, Hong Kong is not alone in this.

19 Oct 2019 - 10:30AM

The impact of the unrest has been quick and devastating, but the city has lived through worse crises. While longer-term damage from the trade war is more of a worry, Hong Kong is not alone in this.

Hong Kong’s economy is reeling from the one-two blow of local protests and US-China trade conflict, but it will survive
Inside Out | How China can help rescue the WTO, at a critical time for global trade

The World Trade Organisation is floundering. Its trade dispute settlement system is falling apart, and it can’t seem to seal a minor deal on global fishing subsidies. This is the hour for China to honour its commitment to multilateralism.

13 Oct 2019 - 11:10PM

The World Trade Organisation is floundering. Its trade dispute settlement system is falling apart, and it can’t seem to seal a minor deal on global fishing subsidies. This is the hour for China to honour its commitment to multilateralism.

How China can help rescue the WTO, at a critical time for global trade
Outside In | Asia-Pacific needs the WTO to stay relevant in an increasingly uncertain world

Bilateral negotiations never favour smaller economies and losing the WTO’s multilateral dispute settlement channel would be a major loss for the Asia-Pacific. We simply cannot afford to take the WTO for granted, weakened as it is and in sore need of reforms.

12 Oct 2019 - 4:26AM

Bilateral negotiations never favour smaller economies and losing the WTO’s multilateral dispute settlement channel would be a major loss for the Asia-Pacific. We simply cannot afford to take the WTO for granted, weakened as it is and in sore need of reforms.

Asia-Pacific needs the WTO to stay relevant in an increasingly uncertain world
Inside Out | Why the 13th round of US-China trade war talks may well be unlucky for some

Far from making America great, Trump’s tariffs have brought US manufacturing to its knees and failed to address the challenges of doing business in China. Going down that road will only produce a deal of little substance.

7 Oct 2019 - 1:06AM

Far from making America great, Trump’s tariffs have brought US manufacturing to its knees and failed to address the challenges of doing business in China. Going down that road will only produce a deal of little substance.

Why the 13th round of US-China trade war talks may well be unlucky for some
Outside In | How the flames of Hong Kong’s out-of-control protests are being fanned by a rigid mindset, leaving no place for those with an open mind

Like a political rally, the Red Guards or a heated football match, the protests have been taken over by a frenzied mindset. It’s no longer clear what the protesters’ goal is, but it is obvious that they are doing lasting damage to Hong Kong.

5 Oct 2019 - 6:10AM

Like a political rally, the Red Guards or a heated football match, the protests have been taken over by a frenzied mindset. It’s no longer clear what the protesters’ goal is, but it is obvious that they are doing lasting damage to Hong Kong.

How the flames of Hong Kong’s out-of-control protests are being fanned by a rigid mindset, leaving no place for those with an open mind
Inside Out | Can big banks and bosses look Greta Thunberg in the eye as they talk the talk on climate change?

Even as bankers and company CEOs signal a seismic shift in business approaches amid the climate crisis, environmental groups are sceptical. With billions funnelled each year into fossil fuel financing, worries about “greenwashing” do not seem far-fetched.

29 Sep 2019 - 9:48PM

Even as bankers and company CEOs signal a seismic shift in business approaches amid the climate crisis, environmental groups are sceptical. With billions funnelled each year into fossil fuel financing, worries about “greenwashing” do not seem far-fetched.

Can big banks and bosses look Greta Thunberg in the eye as they talk the talk on climate change?
Outside In | Climate change isn’t bad for everyone – disease-carrying mosquitoes may be heading for a heyday

Mosquito-spread diseases claim millions of lives each year and remain an economic drag on poor countries. And despite years of efforts to eradicate the insects, environmental mismanagement may be making humans more vulnerable.

28 Sep 2019 - 3:35AM

Mosquito-spread diseases claim millions of lives each year and remain an economic drag on poor countries. And despite years of efforts to eradicate the insects, environmental mismanagement may be making humans more vulnerable.

Climate change isn’t bad for everyone – disease-carrying mosquitoes may be heading for a heyday
Inside Out | Capitalism is in crisis. It cannot be business as usual for very much longer

Capitalism has been keeping shareholders happy with merger mania, tax avoidance and an unhealthy preoccupation with share price that has inflated CEO pay beyond the reasonable. It is time for a painful reset to focus instead on economic growth and improving livelihoods – or risk jeopardising capitalism itself

23 Sep 2019 - 11:32AM

Capitalism has been keeping shareholders happy with merger mania, tax avoidance and an unhealthy preoccupation with share price that has inflated CEO pay beyond the reasonable. It is time for a painful reset to focus instead on economic growth and improving livelihoods – or risk jeopardising capitalism itself

Capitalism is in crisis. It cannot be business as usual for very much longer
Outside In | The climate is changing, the Amazon is burning, trillions are needed – where’s the money coming from?

The biggest obstacle to climate action is this: the countries that will be most affected by global warming have the least power, but powerful, rich countries that have the means to take action – like the US – don’t worry enough the climate.

21 Sep 2019 - 7:28AM

The biggest obstacle to climate action is this: the countries that will be most affected by global warming have the least power, but powerful, rich countries that have the means to take action – like the US – don’t worry enough the climate.

The climate is changing, the Amazon is burning, trillions are needed – where’s the money coming from?
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