Washington and the now-defanged local opposition predict Hong Kong’s international financial status will suffer, or even be irreversibly lost, because of Beijing’s crackdown. Those who know something about money and finance, and have skin in the game, know the exact opposite will be the case. They may not say it out loud but many privately welcome the new development. Critics of China may argue about the loss of the rule of law, Hong Kong autonomy and civil liberty. But you don’t need perfect rule of law, full autonomy or complete liberty for the city to function properly; you only need them to be “good enough” to render some predictability about the rules of the game for businesses, both local and international, to operate. In a new paper titled “The Risks for International Business under the Hong Kong National Security Law” and published by the Ash Centre for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard, Dennis Kwok, a former pan-democrat lawmaker and now a fellow at the institute, warns businesses face potential complications in legal disputes locally and extraterritorial jurisdiction abroad from China. What Wendy Sherman’s China visit tells foreign investors in Hong Kong But business is all about risk. If foreign investors are willing to do business in mainland China, they will continue to operate in Hong Kong. If they can make money, they will come. Wall Street banks are already queuing to redirect lucrative Chinese IPOs from New York to Hong Kong. The equities and real estate markets continue to be robust, despite the 2019 violent unrest, American sanctions and the Covid-19 pandemic. If these horsemen of the apocalypse can’t kill the city, nothing can, at least for now. To be sure, the city as we have known it will be very different from now on. But prosperous it will be, more so than ever. Its future success is guaranteed, now that the irritants of localist violence and the pan-democratic opposition have been neutralised. Its integration with the Greater Bay Area , already one of the world’s great economic growth engines, will speed up. Cross-border travels and settlements will increase, once the pandemic ends. As Michael Schuman, the Hong Kong-based author of Superpower Interrupted , told Axios, the news website: “So long as there’s money to be made, money’s going to come here. The finance centre can run perfectly nicely here being run primarily by mainlanders.” If you want to get ahead in the new Hong Kong, better learn to speak good Mandarin.