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 | 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?
Opinion | Say hello to the new trio of dangers that threatens the world: obesity, undernutrition and climate change

The British medical journal The Lancet warns of coming challenges that will be know as the Great Global Syndemic.

4 Feb 2019 - 6:26AM

The British medical journal The Lancet warns of coming challenges that will be know as the Great Global Syndemic.

Say hello to the new trio of dangers that threatens the world: obesity, undernutrition and climate change
Outside In | China’s Belt and Road Initiative is here to stay, whether the US likes it or not

China’s ambitious infrastructure-funding project is a reflection of the country’s vision of itself and a way to ensure the stability of its neighbours.

2 Feb 2019 - 6:51AM

China’s ambitious infrastructure-funding project is a reflection of the country’s vision of itself and a way to ensure the stability of its neighbours.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is here to stay, whether the US likes it or not
Inside Out | The world of trade has moved on and Trump’s tariffs are targeting yesterday’s challenges, not today’s

As China consumes more of what it produces, the importance of exports is on the wane. Beijing exports just 9 per cent of its total output today compared with 17 per cent in 2007, according to a McKinsey Global Institute report.

27 Jan 2019 - 9:25PM

As China consumes more of what it produces, the importance of exports is on the wane. Beijing exports just 9 per cent of its total output today compared with 17 per cent in 2007, according to a McKinsey Global Institute report.

The world of trade has moved on and Trump’s tariffs are targeting yesterday’s challenges, not today’s
Outside In | Expect the US-China trade war to come to a showy end, but the tech war to continue

The tariff war is really a piece of political theatre that has harmed US and other companies in China as well as global supply chains, but accomplished little else. Meanwhile, US paranoia about Chinese technology grows.

26 Jan 2019 - 9:36AM

The tariff war is really a piece of political theatre that has harmed US and other companies in China as well as global supply chains, but accomplished little else. Meanwhile, US paranoia about Chinese technology grows.

Expect the US-China trade war to come to a showy end, but the tech war to continue
Let’s go on a digital detoxification to see how much of the electronic clutter we can cleanse from our lives
Outside In | How energy guzzler Sweden has risen to the climate challenge by building nuclear power plants

A new book convincingly shows how Sweden’s use of nuclear power – far less dangerous than commonly believed – offers credible support to its transition to renewable energy sources, and the world should take notice.

18 Jan 2019 - 10:19PM

A new book convincingly shows how Sweden’s use of nuclear power – far less dangerous than commonly believed – offers credible support to its transition to renewable energy sources, and the world should take notice.

How energy guzzler Sweden has risen to the climate challenge by building nuclear power plants
Inside Out | Tobacco should be long gone if anyone truly cared about China’s public health, instead of letting it raise funds in an IPO

If anyone truly cared for the health of China’s people, tobacco would be an industry long gone. The fact that we see plans for the monopoly to raise funds in Hong Kong speaks cynical volumes instead.

13 Jan 2019 - 7:57PM

If anyone truly cared for the health of China’s people, tobacco would be an industry long gone. The fact that we see plans for the monopoly to raise funds in Hong Kong speaks cynical volumes instead.

Tobacco should be long gone if anyone truly cared about China’s public health, instead of letting it raise funds in an IPO
Outside In | ‘Made in China 2025’ is not unique, as US hawks insist, except in its effectiveness

China should not be demonised for implementing an industrial policy, especially one that invests billions in technology, such as clean energy and electric vehicles, that could benefit the planet.

12 Jan 2019 - 10:02AM

China should not be demonised for implementing an industrial policy, especially one that invests billions in technology, such as clean energy and electric vehicles, that could benefit the planet.

‘Made in China 2025’ is not unique, as US hawks insist, except in its effectiveness
Opinion | Britain’s naval ambitions to once again rule the waves are laughable at best and make no sense at all

The efforts to build up Britain’s defence spending, and to “pivot” to Asia, may have less to do with defence than with currying favour for trade deals in a potentially lonely post-Brexit world

6 Jan 2019 - 9:56PM

The efforts to build up Britain’s defence spending, and to “pivot” to Asia, may have less to do with defence than with currying favour for trade deals in a potentially lonely post-Brexit world

Britain’s naval ambitions to once again rule the waves are laughable at best and make no sense at all
Outside In | Medical discoveries can wait. First, improve Hong Kong’s access to clinics and primary care

Medical innovations involving AI and gene-profiling don’t count for much when needs like community-based primary care and elderly care are neglected. And these are areas in which Hong Kong must do better.

5 Jan 2019 - 8:32AM

Medical innovations involving AI and gene-profiling don’t count for much when needs like community-based primary care and elderly care are neglected. And these are areas in which Hong Kong must do better.

Medical discoveries can wait. First, improve Hong Kong’s access to clinics and primary care
Outside In | How excessive CEO pay helped fuel the rise of Donald Trump, Brexit and an anti-capitalist movement

Efforts to curb excessive CEO pay packets have failed, even as politicised grievances over inequality have gained momentum

31 Dec 2018 - 12:06AM

Efforts to curb excessive CEO pay packets have failed, even as politicised grievances over inequality have gained momentum

How excessive CEO pay helped fuel the rise of Donald Trump, Brexit and an anti-capitalist movement
Outside In | A Christmas wake-up call: as you jet off for a festive getaway, don’t forget your planet

Christmas Yet to Come doesn’t look good. The future holds possible horrors brought on by consumerism and climate change, and time is running out for prevention of a global catastrophe.

22 Dec 2018 - 10:32AM

Christmas Yet to Come doesn’t look good. The future holds possible horrors brought on by consumerism and climate change, and time is running out for prevention of a global catastrophe.

A Christmas wake-up call: as you jet off for a festive getaway, don’t forget your planet
The only way to kick the world into action is for politicians to see how climate change destroys lives in their own constituencies
Outside In | Huawei is the heart of darkness for US policymakers, resulting in a defensive approach to 5G development

US paranoia towards Chinese 5G development, led by Huawei, may see a wholly unnecessary and potentially harmful divide in the world’s digital economy.

14 Dec 2018 - 10:33PM

US paranoia towards Chinese 5G development, led by Huawei, may see a wholly unnecessary and potentially harmful divide in the world’s digital economy.

Huawei is the heart of darkness for US policymakers, resulting in a defensive approach to 5G development
Inside Out | The day is coming for Britain to pay the price for the temper tantrum it called a referendum

With Britain’s chaotic exit from the European Union in prospect, now is not the time to plan ambitious business initiatives in the UK. The prospects for jobs, economic growth, and for the British currency must surely be perilous

10 Dec 2018 - 1:15PM

With Britain’s chaotic exit from the European Union in prospect, now is not the time to plan ambitious business initiatives in the UK. The prospects for jobs, economic growth, and for the British currency must surely be perilous

The day is coming for Britain to pay the price for the temper tantrum it called a referendum
Inside Out | The US, Japan, Europe and Hong Kong have yet to wake up to China’s trash import ban

China could not be expected to accept a huge share of global trash exports forever, and the world’s failure to adapt to its ban should worry us all.

8 Dec 2018 - 12:18PM

China could not be expected to accept a huge share of global trash exports forever, and the world’s failure to adapt to its ban should worry us all.

The US, Japan, Europe and Hong Kong have yet to wake up to China’s trash import ban
Turn down a seat at the Greater Bay’s US$1.5 trillion feast? That timidity is very unlike Hong Kong’s entrepreneurial spirit
Outside In | What AI revolution? First, millions of kids in the developing world need electricity and internet access

Those who are excited or worried about the digital revolution need a reality check: 3.4 billion people still have no internet access today, though many of them will be needed for tomorrow’s hi-tech jobs.

1 Dec 2018 - 8:43AM

Those who are excited or worried about the digital revolution need a reality check: 3.4 billion people still have no internet access today, though many of them will be needed for tomorrow’s hi-tech jobs.

What AI revolution? First, millions of kids in the developing world need electricity and internet access