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Opinion | From tuition ban to Evergrande collapse, is China tripping over its chase for ‘common prosperity’?

China’s crackdown on tech and a range of other sectors shows its economic policies are increasingly driven by ideological rather than market-driven considerations.

China’s crackdown on tech and a range of other sectors shows its economic policies are increasingly driven by ideological rather than market-driven considerations.

16 Jan 2022 - 8:00AM
Opinion | Beijing’s insistence on zero-Covid strategy challenges long-held assumptions about China

The approach challenges long-held assumptions about the Chinese state being a strong, high-capacity one that thinks long term, and about an isolationist China being the result of Western efforts to contain her.

The approach challenges long-held assumptions about the Chinese state being a strong, high-capacity one that thinks long term, and about an isolationist China being the result of Western efforts to contain her.

22 Oct 2021 - 12:45PM
Opinion | Hong Kong can break free from its zero-Covid corner. Here’s how

Donald Low outlines a five-step plan for what is needed. Hint: quarantine exemptions for celebrities aren’t a good idea, but shorter stints for vaccinated people are.

Donald Low outlines a five-step plan for what is needed. Hint: quarantine exemptions for celebrities aren’t a good idea, but shorter stints for vaccinated people are.

20 Aug 2021 - 4:02PM
Opinion | Coronavirus won’t just go away. Here’s how Hong Kong can learn to live with it

From a policy perspective, trying to achieve or maintain zero infections is neither tenable nor sustainable. The goal instead should be to drive up the vaccination rate as much and as quickly as possible, writes Donald Low.

From a policy perspective, trying to achieve or maintain zero infections is neither tenable nor sustainable. The goal instead should be to drive up the vaccination rate as much and as quickly as possible, writes Donald Low.

1 Aug 2021 - 11:00AM
Asian Angle | In chasing zero Covid-19 infections, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and others have become trapped by their own success

A reluctance to accept Covid-19 will become endemic means the early victors against the disease may be the last to reopen their economies, writes Donald Low.

A reluctance to accept Covid-19 will become endemic means the early victors against the disease may be the last to reopen their economies, writes Donald Low.

8 May 2021 - 3:49PM
Opinion | Hong Kong’s axing from Heritage Foundation’s Economic Freedom rankings a gift that will keep on giving

Hong Kong needs to consider how it can make a more equitable market in a post-pandemic world rather than cling to outmoded ideas of the free market.

Hong Kong needs to consider how it can make a more equitable market in a post-pandemic world rather than cling to outmoded ideas of the free market.

14 Mar 2021 - 9:55AM
Opinion | Why the Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble is key in adapting to a ‘new normal’

With coronavirus cases falling, the two aviation hubs should experiment with ways to adapt to a new normal. But this could prove harder for Hong Kong than Singapore.

With coronavirus cases falling, the two aviation hubs should experiment with ways to adapt to a new normal. But this could prove harder for Hong Kong than Singapore.

2 Apr 2021 - 6:02PM
Opinion | Travel bubble: what Singapore and Hong Kong’s contrasting reactions to its suspension tell us about our societies

Singaporeans reacted with barely concealed glee, while Hongkongers seemed resigned – differing responses that offer a window into residents’ thoughts, writes Donald Low.

Singaporeans reacted with barely concealed glee, while Hongkongers seemed resigned – differing responses that offer a window into residents’ thoughts, writes Donald Low.

26 Nov 2020 - 6:05PM
Opinion | How Singapore can draw the right lessons from the coronavirus crisis

The Singapore government made three important mistakes in its Covid-19 response, and attributing blame correctly will inform future decisions.

The Singapore government made three important mistakes in its Covid-19 response, and attributing blame correctly will inform future decisions.

16 Apr 2020 - 7:07AM
Opinion | The coronavirus has shown us the global economic system is no longer fit for purpose

Lockdowns and shutdowns imposed to deal with the pandemic have taken a huge toll on every major economy – and exiting them provides an opportunity to rethink our overly networked world.

Lockdowns and shutdowns imposed to deal with the pandemic have taken a huge toll on every major economy – and exiting them provides an opportunity to rethink our overly networked world.

3 Apr 2020 - 9:41AM
Opinion | Coronavirus: is aggressive containment the most appropriate policy response?

Measures taken to stem the outbreak’s spread, though effective in the short term, may lead to disastrous consequences, say Xun Wu and Donald Low.

Measures taken to stem the outbreak’s spread, though effective in the short term, may lead to disastrous consequences, say Xun Wu and Donald Low.

9 Mar 2020 - 9:50AM
Opinion | Why we might have to accept that this new coronavirus could be here to stay

Comparisons to Sars are understandable, as is the public’s reaction to the outbreak, but fear and containment cannot work in the long run, says Donald Low.

Comparisons to Sars are understandable, as is the public’s reaction to the outbreak, but fear and containment cannot work in the long run, says Donald Low.

1 Mar 2020 - 5:39PM
On Reflection | China beware, the road to an open financial system is paved with Asian casualties

From Japan’s burst bubble to Thailand’s battered baht, past attempts at financial liberalisation by Asian economies highlight the pitfalls ahead for Beijing.

From Japan’s burst bubble to Thailand’s battered baht, past attempts at financial liberalisation by Asian economies highlight the pitfalls ahead for Beijing.

23 Dec 2019 - 12:11PM
On Reflection | The Hong Kong protests are a political crisis – and a huge opportunity for the government

Crises are an invaluable opportunity to remake organisational habits that are no longer fit for purpose, and the current situation in Hong Kong is a chance to embark on socioeconomic policy and institutional reforms, writes Donald Low

Crises are an invaluable opportunity to remake organisational habits that are no longer fit for purpose, and the current situation in Hong Kong is a chance to embark on socioeconomic policy and institutional reforms, writes Donald Low

31 Aug 2019 - 11:54AM
On Reflection | Could psychology have helped Carrie Lam avoid Hong Kong’s extradition bill fiasco?

From confirmation bias to risk aversion, behavioural science principles shed light on Hongkongers’ reactions to the controversial extradition law.

From confirmation bias to risk aversion, behavioural science principles shed light on Hongkongers’ reactions to the controversial extradition law.

7 Jul 2019 - 12:50PM
Analysis | Why Hong Kong cannot copy Singapore’s approach to public housing

Hong Kong’s struggles to house its population don’t just stem from its shortage of land, and looking to the Lion City as a model is unrealistic.

Hong Kong’s struggles to house its population don’t just stem from its shortage of land, and looking to the Lion City as a model is unrealistic.

19 Dec 2019 - 10:02AM
Opinion | Why Hong Kong and Singapore should tax wealth more

Neither needs the money; both need to address rising inequality

Neither needs the money; both need to address rising inequality

11 Mar 2019 - 9:29AM
Opinion | Why Hong Kong should accept e-cigarettes if it wants a smoke-free future

Critics see vaping as a gateway drug, but they forget this gate swings both ways. For many smokers, it is a stepping stone to kicking their addiction

Critics see vaping as a gateway drug, but they forget this gate swings both ways. For many smokers, it is a stepping stone to kicking their addiction

19 Feb 2019 - 9:14AM
Asian Angle | Celebrating Raffles: For Singapore, embracing democratic accountability might not be a bad idea

Free trade, the rule of law, a functioning civil service … Singapore owes much to the legacy of British colonialism. Two hundred years since Raffles landed, it’s time the Lion City embraced another British idea: democratic accountability

Free trade, the rule of law, a functioning civil service … Singapore owes much to the legacy of British colonialism. Two hundred years since Raffles landed, it’s time the Lion City embraced another British idea: democratic accountability

6 Feb 2019 - 3:35PM