A bronze sculpture of a bull looks over Exchange Square in Central where Hong Kong’s stock exchange stands. Hong Kong’s position as the most important financial market in Asia relies on freedom of information. Photo: Warton Li A bronze sculpture of a bull looks over Exchange Square in Central where Hong Kong’s stock exchange stands. Hong Kong’s position as the most important financial market in Asia relies on freedom of information. Photo: Warton Li
A bronze sculpture of a bull looks over Exchange Square in Central where Hong Kong’s stock exchange stands. Hong Kong’s position as the most important financial market in Asia relies on freedom of information. Photo: Warton Li
Mark Clifford
Opinion

Opinion

Mark Clifford

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

A bronze sculpture of a bull looks over Exchange Square in Central where Hong Kong’s stock exchange stands. Hong Kong’s position as the most important financial market in Asia relies on freedom of information. Photo: Warton Li A bronze sculpture of a bull looks over Exchange Square in Central where Hong Kong’s stock exchange stands. Hong Kong’s position as the most important financial market in Asia relies on freedom of information. Photo: Warton Li
A bronze sculpture of a bull looks over Exchange Square in Central where Hong Kong’s stock exchange stands. Hong Kong’s position as the most important financial market in Asia relies on freedom of information. Photo: Warton Li
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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