Ken Chu

Ken Chu

Ken Chu (LLD) is the chairman and CEO of Mission Hills Group with businesses in hospitality, leisure, entertainment, sports, wellness and education in China. Born in Hong Kong, he graduated from the Western University in Canada. He feels fortunate to have witnessed the success of China’s economic reform, and firmly believes Hong Kong will continue to be a leading global metropolis.

Latest from Ken Chu

Macroscope | Why China needs to retain entrepreneurial spirit to ensure its future prosperity

In addition to outlining the most pressing issues facing the economy, the recent work conference also emphasised the need for entrepreneurs, who are vital to help China achieve common prosperity and create a bigger economic pie for the entire country.

In addition to outlining the most pressing issues facing the economy, the recent work conference also emphasised the need for entrepreneurs, who are vital to help China achieve common prosperity and create a bigger economic pie for the entire country.

22 Dec 2021 - 2:30PM
Opinion | Hong Kong-mainland border: reopening will be a welcome boost to lives and livelihoods, but challenges remain

Even a limited reopening between Hong Kong and Guangdong will be a relief for struggling businesses and cross-border families. Privacy concerns aside, officials should also consider the practical challenges faced by the elderly.

Even a limited reopening between Hong Kong and Guangdong will be a relief for struggling businesses and cross-border families. Privacy concerns aside, officials should also consider the practical challenges faced by the elderly.

26 Nov 2021 - 3:56PM
Opinion | Hong Kong-Qianhai rail link is vital to realising the Greater Bay Area’s potential

Convenient, efficient rail access to Qianhai from Hong Kong will be an essential part of fostering integration and economic growth. Despite concerns about construction costs and engineering challenges, it is logical and pragmatic for Hong Kong to forge closer ties with Shenzhen.

Convenient, efficient rail access to Qianhai from Hong Kong will be an essential part of fostering integration and economic growth. Despite concerns about construction costs and engineering challenges, it is logical and pragmatic for Hong Kong to forge closer ties with Shenzhen.

3 Oct 2021 - 9:30AM
Opinion | Solution to Hong Kong’s doctor shortage should serve city in the long run

The latest legislative amendments proposed by the government to ease entry barriers for foreign-trained doctors deserve our support in principle, but our own medical students must not lose out on any opportunities.

The latest legislative amendments proposed by the government to ease entry barriers for foreign-trained doctors deserve our support in principle, but our own medical students must not lose out on any opportunities.

4 Sep 2021 - 5:30PM
Opinion | Amid Hong Kong’s graduate job gloom, Greater Bay Area offers hope

Hong Kong’s small market and narrow economic structure offer limited choices for graduates to pursue their dreams. Opportunities are unfolding across the border, as the likes of Shenzhen roll out measures to attract young people from Hong Kong and Macau.

Hong Kong’s small market and narrow economic structure offer limited choices for graduates to pursue their dreams. Opportunities are unfolding across the border, as the likes of Shenzhen roll out measures to attract young people from Hong Kong and Macau.

21 Aug 2021 - 6:58AM
Opinion | Tokyo Olympics: should Hong Kong pour more money into the quest for medals?

While some argue that funding translates into Olympic success, other factors, such as population, culture and geography, play a role. Hong Kong should invest more in fostering a love of sports early in children.

While some argue that funding translates into Olympic success, other factors, such as population, culture and geography, play a role. Hong Kong should invest more in fostering a love of sports early in children.

17 Jul 2021 - 4:30PM
Opinion | To improve its image, China must tell a story that appeals to people’s emotions

Xi Jinping understands the importance of branding, and his call to party cadres to present a good image of China is timely, in view of the increasingly negative perceptions of the country in the West. Impersonal facts and dry statistics, plus matter-of-fact reports on its achievements, may not easily touch the hearts of ordinary people.

Xi Jinping understands the importance of branding, and his call to party cadres to present a good image of China is timely, in view of the increasingly negative perceptions of the country in the West. Impersonal facts and dry statistics, plus matter-of-fact reports on its achievements, may not easily touch the hearts of ordinary people.

20 Jun 2021 - 1:30AM
Opinion | Hong Kong must do whatever it takes to drive up Covid-19 vaccination rate

Countries that are ahead in the race to herd immunity are reopening their economy and borders, and societies grappling with vaccine hesitancy, like Hong Kong, must step up efforts to catch up.

Countries that are ahead in the race to herd immunity are reopening their economy and borders, and societies grappling with vaccine hesitancy, like Hong Kong, must step up efforts to catch up.

29 May 2021 - 7:52AM
Opinion | China reveals its plan for a great future at the ‘two sessions’, and it includes Hong Kong

Its policy blueprint to sustain growth in the wake of the pandemic and prepare the economy for the next leap is a huge confidence booster. With China on the cusp of great change, Hong Kong should use its unique advantages to actively take part in the grand national development scheme.

Its policy blueprint to sustain growth in the wake of the pandemic and prepare the economy for the next leap is a huge confidence booster. With China on the cusp of great change, Hong Kong should use its unique advantages to actively take part in the grand national development scheme.

13 Mar 2021 - 8:00PM
Opinion | Relaxing the rules on doctors trained overseas will ease Hong Kong’s shortages, but only in the short term

The government’s proposal to allow more foreign-trained doctors is expedient but, ultimately, Hong Kong has to train more doctors of its own and explore technology to complement the city’s health care.

The government’s proposal to allow more foreign-trained doctors is expedient but, ultimately, Hong Kong has to train more doctors of its own and explore technology to complement the city’s health care.

10 Feb 2021 - 8:36AM
Opinion | Hong Kong people’s fears over coronavirus vaccine can be calmed using facts and scientific data

Worries about the effects of a vaccine are understandable. The government must respond with empathy, and correct and up-to-date information about the vaccines, especially the Chinese-made ones that have been the target of malicious rumours.

Worries about the effects of a vaccine are understandable. The government must respond with empathy, and correct and up-to-date information about the vaccines, especially the Chinese-made ones that have been the target of malicious rumours.

20 Dec 2020 - 9:19AM
Opinion | How Hong Kong fits into the big picture of China’s long-term development

Even with Beijing’s focus on innovation and domestic consumption, there are many opportunities for Hong Kong, whether it is to provide goods and services for Chinese consumers, or help attract international investment.

Even with Beijing’s focus on innovation and domestic consumption, there are many opportunities for Hong Kong, whether it is to provide goods and services for Chinese consumers, or help attract international investment.

7 Nov 2020 - 8:14PM
Opinion | Hong Kong still has a place in Beijing’s grand reform plans for Shenzhen

To stay at the forefront of China’s miraculous rise, Hong Kong has to identify its unique strengths and adapt. For example, the central government is forging ahead with the trial launch of a digital currency in Shenzhen, and Hong Kong can contribute.

To stay at the forefront of China’s miraculous rise, Hong Kong has to identify its unique strengths and adapt. For example, the central government is forging ahead with the trial launch of a digital currency in Shenzhen, and Hong Kong can contribute.

17 Oct 2020 - 8:14PM
Opinion | Why Hong Kong’s era as a global financial centre is far from over

While sceptics argue that Hong Kong’s stock market is overwhelmingly Chinese in character, the various stock and bond connect schemes between Hong Kong and the mainland ensure the global orientation of Hong Kong’s financial sector.

While sceptics argue that Hong Kong’s stock market is overwhelmingly Chinese in character, the various stock and bond connect schemes between Hong Kong and the mainland ensure the global orientation of Hong Kong’s financial sector.

27 Sep 2020 - 12:16PM
Opinion | Hong Kong and Shenzhen haven’t become the tortoise and the hare. Actually, both can win the race

Hong Kong should strike a balance between being an integral part of China and maintaining its unique advantages as an open economy. Instead of lamenting its stagnation, it should ride the wave of Chinese growth in the post-pandemic world.

Hong Kong should strike a balance between being an integral part of China and maintaining its unique advantages as an open economy. Instead of lamenting its stagnation, it should ride the wave of Chinese growth in the post-pandemic world.

5 Sep 2020 - 11:23AM
Opinion | US sanctions: Hong Kong’s best defence is to reinvent itself as China’s top financial hub

Hong Kong reassembles a fine porcelain store in which two powerful bulls have locked horns. It is vital to minimise the damage both by emphasising why Hong Kong should still be attractive to international firms and by leveraging the China factor.

Hong Kong reassembles a fine porcelain store in which two powerful bulls have locked horns. It is vital to minimise the damage both by emphasising why Hong Kong should still be attractive to international firms and by leveraging the China factor.

15 Aug 2020 - 7:30PM
Opinion | How patriotic education can help Hong Kong youth embrace the national security law

Patriotic education will still allow young people to have critical thinking and freedom of expression, but within reasonable boundaries and with a proper understanding of China.

Patriotic education will still allow young people to have critical thinking and freedom of expression, but within reasonable boundaries and with a proper understanding of China.

21 Jun 2020 - 9:23AM
Opinion | It’s not too late for Hong Kong to become an R&D innovation powerhouse. Here’s how

Hong Kong needs to spend more on R&D, spend it better and more quickly, and encourage greater participation from businesses and universities. Mainland China has a cogent and thriving national innovation ecosystem – Hong Kong should see at how it can more closely assimilate into it.

Hong Kong needs to spend more on R&D, spend it better and more quickly, and encourage greater participation from businesses and universities. Mainland China has a cogent and thriving national innovation ecosystem – Hong Kong should see at how it can more closely assimilate into it.

19 Jan 2020 - 8:37AM
Macroscope | Why Hong Kong should not dismiss Macau’s ambition for a yuan-denominated stock exchange

The former Portuguese colony faces formidable challenges in creating the necessary conditions for a thriving yuan market, but a supportive Beijing may greatly ease its path to success. Hong Kong needs to consider ways to create synergies with its neighbour.

The former Portuguese colony faces formidable challenges in creating the necessary conditions for a thriving yuan market, but a supportive Beijing may greatly ease its path to success. Hong Kong needs to consider ways to create synergies with its neighbour.

26 Dec 2019 - 10:21PM
Opinion | Carrie Lam needs to understand the values and mindset of Hong Kong’s youth if she is ever to achieve a protest breakthrough

The minority of violent protesters draw their support from a broad base across Hong Kong’s peace-loving young people. To end the violence, Carrie Lam needs to engage with youth and channel their energy into worthier causes.

The minority of violent protesters draw their support from a broad base across Hong Kong’s peace-loving young people. To end the violence, Carrie Lam needs to engage with youth and channel their energy into worthier causes.

18 Aug 2019 - 7:48AM
Opinion | After Hong Kong troubles, engaging with young and restless is a priority

Chief executive pledges more open dialogue with the young after clashes over controversial, but now ‘dead’, extradition bill

Chief executive pledges more open dialogue with the young after clashes over controversial, but now ‘dead’, extradition bill

13 Jul 2019 - 10:44PM
Opinion | Time for Hong Kong to gear up to make the most of belt and road opportunities

There are plenty of roles Hong Kong can play in the belt and road plan if the city can get its act together

There are plenty of roles Hong Kong can play in the belt and road plan if the city can get its act together

4 May 2019 - 7:22PM
Opinion | The political message of Hong Kong’s proposed vacancy tax speaks louder than its efficacy in bringing down home prices

Even if Hong Kong’s vacancy tax does not ease our home crunch, it conveys a strong political message that the city administration is determined to do whatever it takes to ease the housing burden for city residents

Even if Hong Kong’s vacancy tax does not ease our home crunch, it conveys a strong political message that the city administration is determined to do whatever it takes to ease the housing burden for city residents

7 Apr 2019 - 7:41PM
18 Jan 2019 - 12:55PM
Opinion | Celebrate the mutual understanding and shared values that the film industry brings us

Links between Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland filmmakers are vital to building mutual trust and relationships

Links between Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland filmmakers are vital to building mutual trust and relationships

24 Nov 2018 - 10:11PM
Opinion | Hong Kong’s integration with the mainland is a two-way street, and both sides can be more flexible

Hong Kong should play a more active role in integration with the mainland. Shenzhen’s advances can be a role model for development, especially in making the mainland a more attractive employment environment for Hongkongers.

Hong Kong should play a more active role in integration with the mainland. Shenzhen’s advances can be a role model for development, especially in making the mainland a more attractive employment environment for Hongkongers.

7 Nov 2018 - 7:45PM
Opinion | Rational debate needed on Lantau reclamation for our future

Its scale may be unprecedented but we must continuously seek out-of-the-box solutions to the daunting challenges facing us, writes Ken Chu

Its scale may be unprecedented but we must continuously seek out-of-the-box solutions to the daunting challenges facing us, writes Ken Chu

20 Oct 2018 - 9:30PM
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18 Aug 2018 - 6:50PM
Hong Kong’s industrial buildings could still harbour art and culture groups if revitalisation policies are tweaked

The government’s policy on revitalising industrial buildings should factor in the city’s art and culture groups, for whom spruced up buildings have meant higher rent or homelessness.

The government’s policy on revitalising industrial buildings should factor in the city’s art and culture groups, for whom spruced up buildings have meant higher rent or homelessness.

24 Jul 2018 - 12:15AM