A bank’s electronic board shows the share index at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Photo: AP A bank’s electronic board shows the share index at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Photo: AP
A bank’s electronic board shows the share index at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Photo: AP
Mark Clifford
Opinion

Opinion

The View by Mark Clifford

Beijing is casting more doubt on Hong Kong’s future as a financial hub

  • The disqualification of four Hong Kong legislators and the suspension of Ant’s IPO point to a discomforting conclusion: the city’s role as a business hub with an independent legal system is now vulnerable to diktats from Beijing

A bank’s electronic board shows the share index at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Photo: AP A bank’s electronic board shows the share index at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Photo: AP
A bank’s electronic board shows the share index at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Photo: AP
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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