House sales rarely go smoothly, but the purchase of Britain's biggest stately home by a Hong Kong investment group has caused astonishment and outrage.
When President Xi Jinping arrives in Britain tomorrow it will mark "a game-changing moment" in the relationship between the two nations.
But, unlike the UK and USA, Leeson believes both Hong Kong and Singapore are better placed than other markets to avoid such wrongdoing.
New direct flights between Hong Kong and Britain have landed business leaders there with a problem - how to get their hands on enough Putonghua speakers in Manchester.
China needs to show "political strength and leadership" to help the world rid soccer of the match-fixing scandals that threaten the game's future, according to Fifa's former security adviser.
Soccer is in a fix and China's illegal-betting industry is fuelling the problem, according to fraud experts. Match-fixing is seen as the biggest problem facing the sport with recent scandals hitting Italian, Turkish and English domestic soccer as well as the national teams of Guatemala, Nicaragua and South Africa.
When the police chief of Tangier came face-to-face with a suspected illegal immigrant, little did he know he had in his custody Britain's most wanted man. Back in April 2011, Abdallah Bellahfid quizzed the balding businessman, who called himself Li Ming and claimed to be from Taiwan, for several hours.
The international hunt for suspected killer Du Anxiang has already cost more than £1 million (HK$11.6 million), but it has taken more than money to bring him back to Britain to face justice.