Hong Kong thrives on being an air-lock of free currency flows, of people, and of ideas between China and the world. Photo: Alamy Hong Kong thrives on being an air-lock of free currency flows, of people, and of ideas between China and the world. Photo: Alamy
Hong Kong thrives on being an air-lock of free currency flows, of people, and of ideas between China and the world. Photo: Alamy
Mark Clifford
Opinion

Opinion

Mark Clifford

Curbs on Hong Kong’s freedoms could suck the lifeblood out of the city

The city thrives on a free flow of information and ideas, on discussions and even dissent: without these elements it may not survive as a financial and business centre

Hong Kong thrives on being an air-lock of free currency flows, of people, and of ideas between China and the world. Photo: Alamy Hong Kong thrives on being an air-lock of free currency flows, of people, and of ideas between China and the world. Photo: Alamy
Hong Kong thrives on being an air-lock of free currency flows, of people, and of ideas between China and the world. Photo: Alamy
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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