Visitors stand in front of a screen showing former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping at an exhibition marking the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up at the National Museum of China in Beijing, China November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter Visitors stand in front of a screen showing former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping at an exhibition marking the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up at the National Museum of China in Beijing, China November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Visitors stand in front of a screen showing former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping at an exhibition marking the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up at the National Museum of China in Beijing, China November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Mark Clifford
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Mark Clifford

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

Visitors stand in front of a screen showing former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping at an exhibition marking the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up at the National Museum of China in Beijing, China November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter Visitors stand in front of a screen showing former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping at an exhibition marking the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up at the National Museum of China in Beijing, China November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Visitors stand in front of a screen showing former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping at an exhibition marking the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up at the National Museum of China in Beijing, China November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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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