Mark Clifford

Mark Clifford

Mark L. Clifford is executive director of the Asia Business Council and author of "The Greening of Asia: The Business Case for Solving Asia’s Environmental Emergency". Previously he was editor-in-chief of the South China Morning Post, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Standard, and Asia regional editor for BusinessWeek. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and was a Walter Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University. He has lived in Hong Kong since 1992. www.markclifford.org

Latest from Mark Clifford

The View | In the battle against the coronavirus, Japan and the four ‘tiger economies’ offer the world a new ‘Asian miracle’

The relatively low infection and death rates in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan are a testament to investment in public health infrastructure, transparency and societies that prioritise group interests.

15 Apr 2020 - 2:51AM

The relatively low infection and death rates in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan are a testament to investment in public health infrastructure, transparency and societies that prioritise group interests.

In the battle against the coronavirus, Japan and the four ‘tiger economies’ offer the world a new ‘Asian miracle’
The View | The coronavirus was no black swan. Hong Kong and China just weren’t ready for a crisis

Lessons that should have been learned after the harrowing Sars experience were not: diseases like Covid-19 will happen from time to time in a hyper-connected world, and the trust and transparency that will fortify a society’s response to such a crisis is lacking.

19 Feb 2020 - 3:55AM

Lessons that should have been learned after the harrowing Sars experience were not: diseases like Covid-19 will happen from time to time in a hyper-connected world, and the trust and transparency that will fortify a society’s response to such a crisis is lacking.

The coronavirus was no black swan. Hong Kong and China just weren’t ready for a crisis
The View | Companies must help defuse Hong Kong’s crisis, and do what the government can’t

Like the wildfires in Australia, the political flames in Hong Kong burn hotter with each outbreak. Given that the government shows no intention of heeding the public’s voices, corporate Hong Kong must get to work on community engagement.

15 Jan 2020 - 9:37AM

Like the wildfires in Australia, the political flames in Hong Kong burn hotter with each outbreak. Given that the government shows no intention of heeding the public’s voices, corporate Hong Kong must get to work on community engagement.

Companies must help defuse Hong Kong’s crisis, and do what the government can’t
The View | Hong Kong protesters have shown they can paralyse businesses. Now can they lead positive change?

Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s strategy of waiting out the protests is not working. Meanwhile, businesses are caught between protesters and pressure from China. Protesters must find creative ways out of the impasse that will not destroy Hong Kong.

19 Nov 2019 - 10:22PM

Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s strategy of waiting out the protests is not working. Meanwhile, businesses are caught between protesters and pressure from China. Protesters must find creative ways out of the impasse that will not destroy Hong Kong.

Hong Kong protesters have shown they can paralyse businesses. Now can they lead positive change?
The View | China’s targeting of the NBA shows why it may fail at building soft power – and the Chinese dream

By narrowing the boundaries of commentary, China is gradually alienating outsiders who might see opportunities there. In attacking the NBA, which does not need China and would be difficult to replace, Beijing may have finally gone too far.

16 Oct 2019 - 5:23AM

By narrowing the boundaries of commentary, China is gradually alienating outsiders who might see opportunities there. In attacking the NBA, which does not need China and would be difficult to replace, Beijing may have finally gone too far.

China’s targeting of the NBA shows why it may fail at building soft power – and the Chinese dream
Opinion | As Cathay feels the heat of political risk in China, it’s time to remember lessons of the Mao era

Xi Jinping’s approach highlights how politics has always been in command in China. But nationalistic leaders and web users would do well to remember the losses suffered through extreme political correctness in the Mao era.

21 Aug 2019 - 9:11AM

Xi Jinping’s approach highlights how politics has always been in command in China. But nationalistic leaders and web users would do well to remember the losses suffered through extreme political correctness in the Mao era.

As Cathay feels the heat of political risk in China, it’s time to remember lessons of the Mao era
Opinion | Hong Kong as a financial centre could drown if ‘river water’ from China continues to rise

A more mainland-dominated Hong Kong would threaten the city’s robust regulatory regime, high corporate governance standards and freedom of the press and information, putting its status as Asia’s financial centre at risk.

17 Jul 2019 - 9:07AM

A more mainland-dominated Hong Kong would threaten the city’s robust regulatory regime, high corporate governance standards and freedom of the press and information, putting its status as Asia’s financial centre at risk.

Hong Kong as a financial centre could drown if ‘river water’ from China continues to rise
The View | Hong Kong is caught between China and the US in their new cold war – but this isn’t the first time

Hong Kong was branded a ‘dying’ city in the darkest days of the Korean war but rose to the occasion. With a new standoff brewing, it must now bolster the institutions that make it unique.

20 Feb 2019 - 8:42AM

Hong Kong was branded a ‘dying’ city in the darkest days of the Korean war but rose to the occasion. With a new standoff brewing, it must now bolster the institutions that make it unique.

Hong Kong is caught between China and the US in their new cold war – but this isn’t the first time
Will China’s changing energy and environmental policies save the planet?

In her new book, Barbara Finamore is optimistic about the wider effects of China’s energy and environmental transformation, but downplays the costs of the Belt and Road Initiative and the role of ordinary citizens.

22 Jan 2019 - 9:08PM

In her new book, Barbara Finamore is optimistic about the wider effects of China’s energy and environmental transformation, but downplays the costs of the Belt and Road Initiative and the role of ordinary citizens.

Will China’s changing energy and environmental policies save the planet?
Opinion | The vital importance of keeping the ‘special’ in the Special Administrative Region

Hong Kong needs to cultivate its position as a protected zone between different worlds. Without it, the city is no use to China or the world

17 Nov 2018 - 7:12PM

Hong Kong needs to cultivate its position as a protected zone between different worlds. Without it, the city is no use to China or the world

The vital importance of keeping the ‘special’ in the Special Administrative Region
Curbs on Hong Kong’s freedoms could suck the lifeblood out of the city