Winston Mok

Winston Mok

Winston Mok, a private investor, was previously a private equity investor. He held senior regional positions with EMP Global and GE Capital, and was a McKinsey consultant and initiated its China practice. Winston obtained his bachelor and master degrees from MIT.

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The View | How Hong Kong can be a model for China’s global talent search

China’s economic fortunes are tied to its talent pool, and it has a lot of catching up to do to match the drawing power of the US. One way to close that gap is to recreate Hong Kong on the mainland and use its strengths to attract talent from around the world.

China’s economic fortunes are tied to its talent pool, and it has a lot of catching up to do to match the drawing power of the US. One way to close that gap is to recreate Hong Kong on the mainland and use its strengths to attract talent from around the world.

12 Jan 2022 - 9:15AM
Opinion | US should take a back seat at democracy summit and look instead to Europe, East Asian economies

The meeting is an excuse for the US to belittle its rivals, but the country is no longer the shining example of a liberal democracy it once was. Instead, it must take lessons from more successful democracies like Japan and the Nordic countries.

The meeting is an excuse for the US to belittle its rivals, but the country is no longer the shining example of a liberal democracy it once was. Instead, it must take lessons from more successful democracies like Japan and the Nordic countries.

8 Dec 2021 - 4:39AM
The View | From climate change to unemployment, blaming China won’t help the US solve its problems

The solution to growing inequality in rich countries is neither freer trade nor protectionism, but training of workers and social redistribution. Globalisation’s social consequences can only be addressed by domestic policy initiatives.

The solution to growing inequality in rich countries is neither freer trade nor protectionism, but training of workers and social redistribution. Globalisation’s social consequences can only be addressed by domestic policy initiatives.

10 Nov 2021 - 4:28AM
The View | Self-defeating US tech war represents China’s Sputnik moment

The US’ efforts could stifle domestic innovation and drive away start-ups and tech companies while benefiting other countries and forcing China to become free of American tech.

The US’ efforts could stifle domestic innovation and drive away start-ups and tech companies while benefiting other countries and forcing China to become free of American tech.

13 Oct 2021 - 2:25AM
The View | Beijing’s crackdowns usher in a new era of Chinese capitalism

China is now at the stage of capitalism when market forces can’t be counted on to deliver upward mobility to the masses. So the state is stepping in to rebalance economic growth and income distribution.

China is now at the stage of capitalism when market forces can’t be counted on to deliver upward mobility to the masses. So the state is stepping in to rebalance economic growth and income distribution.

21 Sep 2021 - 1:36PM
The View | How US-China rivalry shapes the regulatory crackdown in both countries

While both China and the US are driven by different domestic concerns, neither can ignore the geopolitical impact of their regulation of corporate giants, and investors must remain alert.

While both China and the US are driven by different domestic concerns, neither can ignore the geopolitical impact of their regulation of corporate giants, and investors must remain alert.

11 Aug 2021 - 4:10AM
The View | How US, China can recover and thrive by being more like each other

Despite the heated rhetoric, the competition between the US and China is not between two political and economic systems. The challenges each faces in economic development are similar, as are the levers each has at their disposal to improve the lives of their citizens.

Despite the heated rhetoric, the competition between the US and China is not between two political and economic systems. The challenges each faces in economic development are similar, as are the levers each has at their disposal to improve the lives of their citizens.

13 Jul 2021 - 10:55PM
The View | China can level its education playing field by letting non-profit online academies bloom

While China’s public university entrance exam system seems fair, it is shot through with inequality, exacerbated by the rise of private tutoring. High-quality, non-profit online tutoring could help underprivileged students make the cut.

While China’s public university entrance exam system seems fair, it is shot through with inequality, exacerbated by the rise of private tutoring. High-quality, non-profit online tutoring could help underprivileged students make the cut.

9 Jun 2021 - 9:15AM
The View | China census underlines the need to go all out on pro-birth policies

The shrinking working-age population and continuing fall in birth numbers should shake policymakers out of their belief that postponing retirement will be adequate in averting a crisis. Encouraging families to have children remains China’s best bet.

The shrinking working-age population and continuing fall in birth numbers should shake policymakers out of their belief that postponing retirement will be adequate in averting a crisis. Encouraging families to have children remains China’s best bet.

13 May 2021 - 6:08AM
The View | Why China’s next big tech leap is faltering, even with financial muscle and talent to spare

China can do more to polish its appeal as a home for global tech talent, but must ultimately rely on its own, which it has in abundance. The obstacle lies in persuading them that China’s restrictive environment offers them the best opportunities for creative growth.

China can do more to polish its appeal as a home for global tech talent, but must ultimately rely on its own, which it has in abundance. The obstacle lies in persuading them that China’s restrictive environment offers them the best opportunities for creative growth.

14 Apr 2021 - 6:45AM
The View | China can help Biden ‘build back better’ and boost US infrastructure

Seeing infrastructure as a dimension of competition with China is misguided. The US could instead tap Chinese firms, which have strong technical capabilities and financial backing, to handle infrastructure projects.

Seeing infrastructure as a dimension of competition with China is misguided. The US could instead tap Chinese firms, which have strong technical capabilities and financial backing, to handle infrastructure projects.

9 Mar 2021 - 10:00PM
The View | How an Australian identity crisis may be fuelling recent tensions with China

The cause of the downward spiral in relations may not be Australian politicians’ unwise choices and China’s forceful reaction, but deeper structural forces at play in Australian society, particularly its cultural, political and economic ties to the US.

The cause of the downward spiral in relations may not be Australian politicians’ unwise choices and China’s forceful reaction, but deeper structural forces at play in Australian society, particularly its cultural, political and economic ties to the US.

10 Feb 2021 - 9:31AM
The View | China must be seen to be a trustworthy partner to ensure success of its investment deal with the EU

China should abandon any attempt to ‘divide and rule’ Europe, rein in its boastful diplomats, and seek out collaborative opportunities by taking minority, rather than controlling, positions.

China should abandon any attempt to ‘divide and rule’ Europe, rein in its boastful diplomats, and seek out collaborative opportunities by taking minority, rather than controlling, positions.

13 Jan 2021 - 1:52AM
The View | Asia’s future as a global tech powerhouse hinges on China-Japan relations

RCEP cements the region’s claim as the heart of the global production network, and could help its tech leaders – China, Japan and Korea – clinch the free trade agreement that has so far eluded them.

RCEP cements the region’s claim as the heart of the global production network, and could help its tech leaders – China, Japan and Korea – clinch the free trade agreement that has so far eluded them.

9 Dec 2020 - 4:45AM
The View | China’s drive to boost consumption hinges on better social welfare and rural incomes

Spending will remain restrained unless an improved social security system frees up savings and rural development raises incomes for the poor.

Spending will remain restrained unless an improved social security system frees up savings and rural development raises incomes for the poor.

11 Nov 2020 - 8:11AM
The View | Lessons from China’s ‘golden week’ lustre even amid Covid-19

By transitioning from a centrally planned holiday schedule to a more market-based holiday schedule, China can unleash demand and improve efficiency in its tourism industry.

By transitioning from a centrally planned holiday schedule to a more market-based holiday schedule, China can unleash demand and improve efficiency in its tourism industry.

13 Oct 2020 - 10:26PM
The View | Why Nokia or Ericsson might be the West’s best bet against Huawei

History shows that the US regulatory environment and the nature of American capital markets led to the downfall of the country’s home-grown telecoms equipment giant. Today, Nordic companies may offer the Western world’s best alternative to Huawei.

History shows that the US regulatory environment and the nature of American capital markets led to the downfall of the country’s home-grown telecoms equipment giant. Today, Nordic companies may offer the Western world’s best alternative to Huawei.

9 Sep 2020 - 4:31AM
The View | US-China relations: bankrupt, broken America has no room to talk

If China is held captive by a bankrupt ideology, as Pompeo claims, how do you explain its spectacular economic achievements and growing power? The US cannot win any new Cold War by demonising an ascendant China instead of addressing its own chronic problems.

If China is held captive by a bankrupt ideology, as Pompeo claims, how do you explain its spectacular economic achievements and growing power? The US cannot win any new Cold War by demonising an ascendant China instead of addressing its own chronic problems.

12 Aug 2020 - 2:36AM
Opinion | Bumbling, wasteful US should learn from China’s coronavirus response

China has Covid-19 under control with draconian measures and tech-based monitoring while the US is struggling with uncoordinated and premature reopenings. The disease has exposed many institutional weaknesses in US society and economy, which, despite their strengths, are not structured to withstand pandemic shocks.

China has Covid-19 under control with draconian measures and tech-based monitoring while the US is struggling with uncoordinated and premature reopenings. The disease has exposed many institutional weaknesses in US society and economy, which, despite their strengths, are not structured to withstand pandemic shocks.

13 Oct 2020 - 9:13PM
The View | World economic divide blurs as US, Europe step up state aid and China optimises market efficiency

Western states are ‘nationalising’ wages and revisiting state capitalism while China intensifies its market reforms, offering no wage subsidies or big bailouts – as Covid-19 brings countries closer together on the ideological spectrum.

Western states are ‘nationalising’ wages and revisiting state capitalism while China intensifies its market reforms, offering no wage subsidies or big bailouts – as Covid-19 brings countries closer together on the ideological spectrum.

9 Jun 2020 - 10:23PM
The View | No one is safe from the coronavirus until all are safe. That’s why Europe and China must help Africa

After the US defunded the WHO, the European Investment Bank has stepped up to help Africa. Africa is strategically important to China, and Beijing must realise that times like these require trade-offs between its national goals and the global good.

After the US defunded the WHO, the European Investment Bank has stepped up to help Africa. Africa is strategically important to China, and Beijing must realise that times like these require trade-offs between its national goals and the global good.

13 May 2020 - 5:40AM
The View | The record shows China has risen to the coronavirus challenge admirably, whatever the US may believe

Mistakes were made in the early days, including attempts to block information and impede investigations at home, but Beijing has been upfront with the international community about Covid-19.

Mistakes were made in the early days, including attempts to block information and impede investigations at home, but Beijing has been upfront with the international community about Covid-19.

8 Apr 2020 - 5:47AM
The View | US-fuelled climate change, not China, is the greatest threat to the global economy and the world

China’s per capita emissions are less than half the US’ and it is moving towards renewable energy. Meanwhile, the US accounts for twice China’s cumulative emissions in modern times but has pulled out of the Paris Agreement and remains committed to fossil fuels.

China’s per capita emissions are less than half the US’ and it is moving towards renewable energy. Meanwhile, the US accounts for twice China’s cumulative emissions in modern times but has pulled out of the Paris Agreement and remains committed to fossil fuels.

11 Mar 2020 - 5:14AM
The View | How the coronavirus outbreak exposes the fallacy of the US-China phase-one trade deal

The deal is structured around targets that will be thrown into disarray by unexpected events. It tilts the playing field in China in favour of the US vis-à-vis its own allies and contradicts the logic of liberal capitalism.

The deal is structured around targets that will be thrown into disarray by unexpected events. It tilts the playing field in China in favour of the US vis-à-vis its own allies and contradicts the logic of liberal capitalism.

11 Feb 2020 - 10:26PM
The View | In the US-China tussle for the best brains, Beijing cannot afford to rest easy, even on good Pisa test scores

China’s top international test scores belie an education system constrained by rigid exams and political correctness, with very different outcomes geographically. As the US-China rivalry extends to human capital, Beijing must improve the system.

China’s top international test scores belie an education system constrained by rigid exams and political correctness, with very different outcomes geographically. As the US-China rivalry extends to human capital, Beijing must improve the system.

7 Jan 2020 - 10:28PM
The View | How high-speed rail has made China a fierce competitor in the global economy

The launch later this month of the high-speed rail link between Beijing and Zhangjiakou – the route of China’s first indigenously built railway 110 years ago – brings home the key role fast trains have played, and will continue to play, in the country’s development of mega regions like the Greater Bay Area.

The launch later this month of the high-speed rail link between Beijing and Zhangjiakou – the route of China’s first indigenously built railway 110 years ago – brings home the key role fast trains have played, and will continue to play, in the country’s development of mega regions like the Greater Bay Area.

11 Dec 2019 - 9:30AM
The View | China and the US are engaged in a power struggle, not a clash of civilisations

While the US lays claim to ‘universal values’ and boasts of cultural openness, the China of today has been forged from a plethora of global influences. Both Americans and Chinese prize freedom and human rights.

While the US lays claim to ‘universal values’ and boasts of cultural openness, the China of today has been forged from a plethora of global influences. Both Americans and Chinese prize freedom and human rights.

13 Nov 2019 - 4:58AM
The View | China’s economic miracle has a secret ingredient hiding in plain sight: unbalanced growth

Like the US, China’s economic dynamism rest on the imbalance between the imbalance between the runaway successes of its coastal provinces and the laggards along its northern rust belt. The crucial difference? Beijing redistributes the fruits of economic success.

Like the US, China’s economic dynamism rest on the imbalance between the imbalance between the runaway successes of its coastal provinces and the laggards along its northern rust belt. The crucial difference? Beijing redistributes the fruits of economic success.

9 Oct 2019 - 5:41AM
The View | Trump wants US businesses to cut all ties with China: why that’s a lose-lose plan

The loss of the huge Chinese market and supply chains would hit US firms and consumers hard. Its strengths and a tech boost would see China bounce back, while the service-oriented US would face long-term suffering and sustained decline.

The loss of the huge Chinese market and supply chains would hit US firms and consumers hard. Its strengths and a tech boost would see China bounce back, while the service-oriented US would face long-term suffering and sustained decline.

11 Sep 2019 - 5:20AM
The View | For Hong Kong to have a future, its young people must have hope

Young Hongkongers do have it harder: owning a home is well nigh impossible, jobs are limited and society is deeply unequal. Both the authorities and the city’s business elite must address these issues, or Hong Kong will truly have no future.

Young Hongkongers do have it harder: owning a home is well nigh impossible, jobs are limited and society is deeply unequal. Both the authorities and the city’s business elite must address these issues, or Hong Kong will truly have no future.

13 Aug 2019 - 10:32PM