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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Outside In | With economic catastrophe looming, we can’t wait until everyone is vaccinated to get back to business as usual

The savage economic impact of the pandemic is, at present, being mitigated by widespread support, but such spending cannot go on for much longer. Leaders need to agree on global protocols so we can save jobs and resume work now.

23 Jan 2021 - 1:15AM

The savage economic impact of the pandemic is, at present, being mitigated by widespread support, but such spending cannot go on for much longer. Leaders need to agree on global protocols so we can save jobs and resume work now.

With economic catastrophe looming, we can’t wait until everyone is vaccinated to get back to business as usual
Inside Out | Biden’s best way to move on from Trump? Ignore him and his wall

As Trump fights impeachment, he will continue to do what he loves most and does best – dominate the headlines and divert attention from the efforts of others. Justice and decency tell us to prosecute him, but political pragmatism tells Biden to ignore him and focus on the important work of making America great again.

17 Jan 2021 - 10:03PM

As Trump fights impeachment, he will continue to do what he loves most and does best – dominate the headlines and divert attention from the efforts of others. Justice and decency tell us to prosecute him, but political pragmatism tells Biden to ignore him and focus on the important work of making America great again.

Biden’s best way to move on from Trump? Ignore him and his wall
Outside In | As cybercrime grows and spreads, we must learn to plug our vulnerabilities

From the weakest individual to the most powerful nations, no one who has an online presence is exempt from the risks of a cyberattack. The Covid-19 lockdowns are reported to have added powerfully to cybercrime activity, as online shopping surged.

16 Jan 2021 - 1:41PM

From the weakest individual to the most powerful nations, no one who has an online presence is exempt from the risks of a cyberattack. The Covid-19 lockdowns are reported to have added powerfully to cybercrime activity, as online shopping surged.

As cybercrime grows and spreads, we must learn to plug our vulnerabilities
Inside Out | With Trump’s exit, America’s return to reason and multilateralism is finally imminent

Biden and his team have provided clear notice of their intention to abandon Trump’s damaging preference for unilateralism. China has been at the heart of recent multilateral deal breakthroughs. Tests of further progress will include climate change, trade and the WTO.

11 Jan 2021 - 4:35AM

Biden and his team have provided clear notice of their intention to abandon Trump’s damaging preference for unilateralism. China has been at the heart of recent multilateral deal breakthroughs. Tests of further progress will include climate change, trade and the WTO.

With Trump’s exit, America’s return to reason and multilateralism is finally imminent
Outside In | How Hong Kong’s policy address history explains the city’s present struggles

The changes in the number of references to democracy, consensus, youth and inequality in policy addresses since the handover reveal that our leaders have abysmal political reflexes, are elitist and have failed to translate talk into action.

9 Jan 2021 - 7:11AM

The changes in the number of references to democracy, consensus, youth and inequality in policy addresses since the handover reveal that our leaders have abysmal political reflexes, are elitist and have failed to translate talk into action.

How Hong Kong’s policy address history explains the city’s present struggles
Inside Out | Covid-19 is only a dress rehearsal for the transformations coming with climate change

2020 has seen democracy challenged, and debt and deglobalisation threatening our future, but the bungled pandemic response has above all revealed a world perilously unprepared for climate change and its economic impact.

21 Dec 2020 - 3:32AM

2020 has seen democracy challenged, and debt and deglobalisation threatening our future, but the bungled pandemic response has above all revealed a world perilously unprepared for climate change and its economic impact.

Covid-19 is only a dress rehearsal for the transformations coming with climate change
Outside In | Why a HK$1 trillion MPF pot gives Hongkongers little reason to rejoice

Launched 20 years ago, the city’s pension system was inadequate to begin with, and the lack of government action to fix its shortfalls has made sure it still is. It’s time for officials to tackle some of the low-hanging fruits of MPF reform.

19 Dec 2020 - 10:32AM

Launched 20 years ago, the city’s pension system was inadequate to begin with, and the lack of government action to fix its shortfalls has made sure it still is. It’s time for officials to tackle some of the low-hanging fruits of MPF reform.

Why a HK$1 trillion MPF pot gives Hongkongers little reason to rejoice
Inside Out | How Covid-19 has worsened China’s growing north-south economic divide

China’s east-west divide remains a challenge, but an emerging divide – between north and south – is also worrying. The north is unlikely to be helped by the ‘dual circulation’ strategy, which is more likely to benefit the Greater Bay Area.

14 Dec 2020 - 10:15AM

China’s east-west divide remains a challenge, but an emerging divide – between north and south – is also worrying. The north is unlikely to be helped by the ‘dual circulation’ strategy, which is more likely to benefit the Greater Bay Area.

How Covid-19 has worsened China’s growing north-south economic divide
Outside In | Now, more than ever, we need to know how to manage our money. Yet many of us are financially illiterate

We need to cut spending, conserve savings and assume things are going to get worse. Yet, research suggests near-crisis levels of financial illiteracy, raising the prospect of greater suffering until Covid-19 is under control.

12 Dec 2020 - 6:45AM

We need to cut spending, conserve savings and assume things are going to get worse. Yet, research suggests near-crisis levels of financial illiteracy, raising the prospect of greater suffering until Covid-19 is under control.

Now, more than ever, we need to know how to manage our money. Yet many of us are financially illiterate
Outside In | Global vaccinations for Covid-19 will be costly, tricky and resisted by anti-vaxxers

Getting the world vaccinated would probably cost the earth, including the expense of storage and distribution. While markets and pharmaceutical companies celebrate news that a vaccine will soon be ready for use, for most people relief may be a long way off.

27 Nov 2020 - 10:20PM

Getting the world vaccinated would probably cost the earth, including the expense of storage and distribution. While markets and pharmaceutical companies celebrate news that a vaccine will soon be ready for use, for most people relief may be a long way off.

Global vaccinations for Covid-19 will be costly, tricky and resisted by anti-vaxxers
Inside Out | Why I will never love Zoom or any other virtual meeting platform

Virtual meetings “euthanise” away the off-screen opportunities of normal interaction, compromising the effectiveness of vital meetings such as Apec and risking dangerous misunderstanding.

22 Nov 2020 - 10:01PM

Virtual meetings “euthanise” away the off-screen opportunities of normal interaction, compromising the effectiveness of vital meetings such as Apec and risking dangerous misunderstanding.

Why I will never love Zoom or any other virtual meeting platform
Outside In | Multilateralism is alive and well in Asia, no thanks to Donald Trump and ‘America first’

Multilateralism is having a good week, between the signing of the RCEP and the Apec summit. But as Biden promises a US return to the multilateral stage, it may be a missed opportunity for greater Chinese influence on global processes.

21 Nov 2020 - 7:10AM

Multilateralism is having a good week, between the signing of the RCEP and the Apec summit. But as Biden promises a US return to the multilateral stage, it may be a missed opportunity for greater Chinese influence on global processes.

Multilateralism is alive and well in Asia, no thanks to Donald Trump and ‘America first’
Inside Out | As China’s demand for seafood grows, can it navigate a sustainable course?

A recent study predicts Chinese demand for seafood will outstrip supply by 2030, by as much as 18 million tonnes a year. As a result, the shape of the international fisheries trade is likely to shift dramatically.

16 Nov 2020 - 9:39AM

A recent study predicts Chinese demand for seafood will outstrip supply by 2030, by as much as 18 million tonnes a year. As a result, the shape of the international fisheries trade is likely to shift dramatically.

As China’s demand for seafood grows, can it navigate a sustainable course?
Outside In | When people in the world’s 10 richest economies aren’t so well off, is GDP a meaningful measure?

The latest World Bank research highlights the inadequacy of GDP to assess wealth, compared with the money in people’s pockets. If environmental factors and the impact of inequality were included, the top 10 list might look different.

14 Nov 2020 - 2:41AM

The latest World Bank research highlights the inadequacy of GDP to assess wealth, compared with the money in people’s pockets. If environmental factors and the impact of inequality were included, the top 10 list might look different.

When people in the world’s 10 richest economies aren’t so well off, is GDP a meaningful measure?
Inside Out | Trump’s defeat leaves Biden and the Democrats to clean up America’s mess

For many Republicans, it is better to be out of power and claiming credit for keeping liberal Democrats in check, than taking the blame for the economic and social harm inflicted by Trump

8 Nov 2020 - 7:07PM

For many Republicans, it is better to be out of power and claiming credit for keeping liberal Democrats in check, than taking the blame for the economic and social harm inflicted by Trump

Trump’s defeat leaves Biden and the Democrats to clean up America’s mess
Outside In | Three lessons from China’s Singles’ Day for a pandemic-hit retail world

The Singles’ Day e-shopping bonanza will confirm the colossal changes that are roiling the retail sector worldwide, as the Covid-19 pandemic pushes consumers online and creates new and often unexpected surges and drops in demand.

7 Nov 2020 - 9:09AM

The Singles’ Day e-shopping bonanza will confirm the colossal changes that are roiling the retail sector worldwide, as the Covid-19 pandemic pushes consumers online and creates new and often unexpected surges and drops in demand.

Three lessons from China’s Singles’ Day for a pandemic-hit retail world
Inside Out | Could the US election be the world’s ticket to better disaster preparedness?

The world has been woefully unprepared for the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as weather tragedies related to climate change. The right man in the White House could change things for the better.

2 Nov 2020 - 11:33AM

The world has been woefully unprepared for the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as weather tragedies related to climate change. The right man in the White House could change things for the better.

Could the US election be the world’s ticket to better disaster preparedness?
Outside In | In a Trumpian world where the US is the No 1 trade victim, no country is safe

The narrative of US goods trade deficits has been feeding Donald Trump’s sense of victimhood. The US has picked fights with many of its trading partners, and is now targeting Vietnam for daring to improve its export economy.

31 Oct 2020 - 6:58AM

The narrative of US goods trade deficits has been feeding Donald Trump’s sense of victimhood. The US has picked fights with many of its trading partners, and is now targeting Vietnam for daring to improve its export economy.

In a Trumpian world where the US is the No 1 trade victim, no country is safe
Inside Out | Airline industry carnage leaves Hong Kong families struggling but billionaires are sitting pretty

Billionaires’ wealth has increased during the pandemic while the aviation industry is mired in crisis. The thousands employed at Hong Kong airport and in tourism appear set for even more hardship, unlike the city’s mega rich.

26 Oct 2020 - 8:45AM

Billionaires’ wealth has increased during the pandemic while the aviation industry is mired in crisis. The thousands employed at Hong Kong airport and in tourism appear set for even more hardship, unlike the city’s mega rich.

Airline industry carnage leaves Hong Kong families struggling but billionaires are sitting pretty
Outside In | Amid the coronavirus pandemic recession, a quiet crisis is building in the world’s pension systems

The pandemic-induced recession has led to reduced pension contributions and higher government debt. Billions around the world, including in Hong Kong, face the prospects of working longer or having less income in retirement.

24 Oct 2020 - 7:01AM

The pandemic-induced recession has led to reduced pension contributions and higher government debt. Billions around the world, including in Hong Kong, face the prospects of working longer or having less income in retirement.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic recession, a quiet crisis is building in the world’s pension systems
Inside Out | Hong Kong has a valuable role to play in the US-China conflict

Having been targeted for sanctions and pressured to say its exports are made in China, Hong Kong has some principled positions it must defend at all costs. One critical role is to remind Beijing and Washington we must strengthen the global institutions and processes that serve us well.

12 Oct 2020 - 6:35AM

Having been targeted for sanctions and pressured to say its exports are made in China, Hong Kong has some principled positions it must defend at all costs. One critical role is to remind Beijing and Washington we must strengthen the global institutions and processes that serve us well.

Hong Kong has a valuable role to play in the US-China conflict
Outside In | China’s steel problem: how its coronavirus recovery risks making foes of trading partners

Managing the political anger over China’s rapid recovery will be a diplomatic challenge for Beijing. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the militantly protectionist steel sector, where rancour has raged globally for decades.

10 Oct 2020 - 2:27AM

Managing the political anger over China’s rapid recovery will be a diplomatic challenge for Beijing. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the militantly protectionist steel sector, where rancour has raged globally for decades.

China’s steel problem: how its coronavirus recovery risks making foes of trading partners
Inside Out | As Trump’s first term ends, what has his trade war with China achieved?

While Trump’s acolytes would insist that the trade war is good, necessary and will bear fruit in the long term, the hard evidence of the past two years is less persuasive.

4 Oct 2020 - 10:32PM

While Trump’s acolytes would insist that the trade war is good, necessary and will bear fruit in the long term, the hard evidence of the past two years is less persuasive.

As Trump’s first term ends, what has his trade war with China achieved?
Outside In | Apec failed to see the urgency of restarting travel and tourism. Can Hong Kong take a lead?

Apec should be pushing for international agreement on Covid-19-safe travel protocol when millions of jobs are at stake. With global cooperation still lacking, Hong Kong could show the way with travel bubbles and testing regimes.

3 Oct 2020 - 3:33AM

Apec should be pushing for international agreement on Covid-19-safe travel protocol when millions of jobs are at stake. With global cooperation still lacking, Hong Kong could show the way with travel bubbles and testing regimes.

Apec failed to see the urgency of restarting travel and tourism. Can Hong Kong take a lead?
Inside Out | Trump’s anti-science, anti-truth belligerence is damaging America – and the world

His assault on science is costing lives and hurting the economy, and his ‘tsunami of untruths’ is disturbing in the very suggestion that truth no longer matters in America, neither for his policies nor to his voters.

27 Sep 2020 - 10:42PM

His assault on science is costing lives and hurting the economy, and his ‘tsunami of untruths’ is disturbing in the very suggestion that truth no longer matters in America, neither for his policies nor to his voters.

Trump’s anti-science, anti-truth belligerence is damaging America – and the world
Outside In | China’s emissions pledge joins bold efforts to halt climate change

It seems likely we will need ‘out of the box’ aspiration if we are going to achieve the emission reductions that will keep our green planet from boiling over. Regreening the planet will contribute significantly to efforts to contain climate change, and trees may well be humans’ best defence.

26 Sep 2020 - 12:07PM

It seems likely we will need ‘out of the box’ aspiration if we are going to achieve the emission reductions that will keep our green planet from boiling over. Regreening the planet will contribute significantly to efforts to contain climate change, and trees may well be humans’ best defence.

China’s emissions pledge joins bold efforts to halt climate change
Inside Out | How the coronavirus pandemic is driving electric vehicle sales up and carbon emissions down

The pandemic has forced cuts in transport-linked emissions and, by one estimate, US commuters are saving US$750 million a day by not driving to work. Electric vehicles may finally be on the road to a significant market share

21 Sep 2020 - 6:38AM

The pandemic has forced cuts in transport-linked emissions and, by one estimate, US commuters are saving US$750 million a day by not driving to work. Electric vehicles may finally be on the road to a significant market share

How the coronavirus pandemic is driving electric vehicle sales up and carbon emissions down
Outside In | Forget China, America is the biggest warmonger by far

Since 2001, the US ‘war on terror’ has killed, injured and displaced millions across 24 countries, while America’s defence spending is nearly 40 per cent of the global total. In contrast, China has waged one foreign war in the past 50 years.

19 Sep 2020 - 6:49AM

Since 2001, the US ‘war on terror’ has killed, injured and displaced millions across 24 countries, while America’s defence spending is nearly 40 per cent of the global total. In contrast, China has waged one foreign war in the past 50 years.

Forget China, America is the biggest warmonger by far
Inside Out | Coronavirus crisis offers Hong Kong a chance to reshape tourism

With recovery in travel, aviation and tourism not expected for several years, those reliant on global tourism have to reimagine their future. Hong Kong should use this opportunity to reduce dependence on the mainland and become a hub for Greater Bay Area tourism.

14 Sep 2020 - 9:01AM

With recovery in travel, aviation and tourism not expected for several years, those reliant on global tourism have to reimagine their future. Hong Kong should use this opportunity to reduce dependence on the mainland and become a hub for Greater Bay Area tourism.

Coronavirus crisis offers Hong Kong a chance to reshape tourism
Outside In | China mystery seed scare a reminder of our long history with invasive species

Wherever we humans have wandered, we have carried our invasive species with us, deliberately or accidentally. The latest episode provides further proof to Trump of the perils of globalisation and why China should be seen as an existential threat to the world.

12 Sep 2020 - 9:06AM

Wherever we humans have wandered, we have carried our invasive species with us, deliberately or accidentally. The latest episode provides further proof to Trump of the perils of globalisation and why China should be seen as an existential threat to the world.

China mystery seed scare a reminder of our long history with invasive species