Chief Executive Carrie Lam, flanked by Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee and Secretary for Transport and Housing Frank Chan Fan, meets the media on February 11. Photo: Jonathan Wong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, flanked by Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee and Secretary for Transport and Housing Frank Chan Fan, meets the media on February 11. Photo: Jonathan Wong
Chief Executive Carrie Lam, flanked by Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee and Secretary for Transport and Housing Frank Chan Fan, meets the media on February 11. Photo: Jonathan Wong
Philip Bowring
Opinion

Opinion

Philip Bowring

Hong Kong’s government is sleeping on the job as the coronavirus adds to challenges facing globalisation

  • Hong Kong should be alive to the coronavirus threat to globalisation, yet unlike in Singapore, another international city dependent on free trade, the government has shown no leadership, leaving medical workers to strike for better protection and domestic workers open to further abuse

Chief Executive Carrie Lam, flanked by Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee and Secretary for Transport and Housing Frank Chan Fan, meets the media on February 11. Photo: Jonathan Wong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, flanked by Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee and Secretary for Transport and Housing Frank Chan Fan, meets the media on February 11. Photo: Jonathan Wong
Chief Executive Carrie Lam, flanked by Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee and Secretary for Transport and Housing Frank Chan Fan, meets the media on February 11. Photo: Jonathan Wong
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Philip Bowring

Philip Bowring

Philip Bowring has been based in Asia for 39 years writing on regional financial and political issues. He has been a columnist for the South China Morning Post since the mid-1990s and for the International Herald Tribune from 1992 to 2011. He also contributes regularly to the Wall Street Journal, www.asiasentinel.com, a website of which he is a founder, and elsewhere. Prior to 1992 he was with the weekly Far Eastern Economic Review, latterly as editor.