A woman looks out over Victoria Harbour while heavy rain obscures the Hong Kong skyline on July 20. Even Hong Kong’s wildly excessive quarantine rules seem to reflect an inward attitude which should be alien to an international city. Photo: AFP A woman looks out over Victoria Harbour while heavy rain obscures the Hong Kong skyline on July 20. Even Hong Kong’s wildly excessive quarantine rules seem to reflect an inward attitude which should be alien to an international city. Photo: AFP
A woman looks out over Victoria Harbour while heavy rain obscures the Hong Kong skyline on July 20. Even Hong Kong’s wildly excessive quarantine rules seem to reflect an inward attitude which should be alien to an international city. Photo: AFP
Philip Bowring
Opinion

Opinion

Philip Bowring

As China turns inwards, Hong Kong’s international outlook fades

  • Foreigners played a major role in forging modern Hong Kong, but with the emphasis now on integration with the mainland and a steady exodus of long-time residents, the city’s cosmopolitan character is now in question

A woman looks out over Victoria Harbour while heavy rain obscures the Hong Kong skyline on July 20. Even Hong Kong’s wildly excessive quarantine rules seem to reflect an inward attitude which should be alien to an international city. Photo: AFP A woman looks out over Victoria Harbour while heavy rain obscures the Hong Kong skyline on July 20. Even Hong Kong’s wildly excessive quarantine rules seem to reflect an inward attitude which should be alien to an international city. Photo: AFP
A woman looks out over Victoria Harbour while heavy rain obscures the Hong Kong skyline on July 20. Even Hong Kong’s wildly excessive quarantine rules seem to reflect an inward attitude which should be alien to an international city. Photo: AFP
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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.