recentpopularlog in

jerryking : hong_kong   39

Globe editorial: China wants Canada to shut up. That’s exactly why we shouldn’t
December 2, 2019 | The Globe and Mail | EDITORIAL.

That’s why “guts” isn’t the answer. Canada needs to be smart, and exploit Beijing’s weaknesses.

The biggest one is the Chinese economy. Mr. Xi’s Orwellian surveillance state needs steady economic growth to keep Chinese citizens passive. Mr. Trump’s trade war has slowed China’s growth and made the Communist Party a bit more vulnerable than it would like.

You could see that in the threat made by China’s ambassador to Canada after the U.S. legislation standing up for Hong Kong was passed. “If anything happens like this, we will certainly have very bad damage in our bilateral relationship,” he said of a possible similar action by Ottawa.

The last thing China wants is a co-ordinated, global effort calling out its abuses. Which means there ought to be just such an effort. Instead of letting Beijing isolate it, Ottawa should explore strategic alliances that would prevent that from happening.

Which leads to China’s other weakness: Its actions in Hong Kong are a violation of the treaty it signed when it took over the territory from the British in 1997.

Beijing agreed to a “gradual and orderly” evolution to universal suffrage in Hong Kong. Instead, under Mr. Xi, it has moved in the opposite direction.

If democratic countries stood up as one and demanded that it live up to its commitments, it would be difficult for China to carry out retaliation.

Instead, too many countries like Canada are leaving it to brave Hong Kongers to battle alone for something the entire world has a stake in. We can do better.
alliances  asymmetrical  bullying  Canada  Canada-China_relations  China  China_rising  editorials  Hong_Kong  Huawei  hostages  Meng_Wanzhou  new_normal  reprisals  strategic_alliances  surveillance_state  weaknesses  Xi_Jinping 
12 weeks ago by jerryking
Opinion | Dealing With China Isn’t Worth the Moral Cost
Oct. 9, 2019 | The New York Times | By Farhad Manjoo.

We thought economic growth and technology would liberate China. Instead, it corrupted us.

The People’s Republic of China is the largest, most powerful and arguably most brutal totalitarian state in the world. It denies basic human rights to all of its nearly 1.4 billion citizens. There is no freedom of speech, thought, assembly, religion, movement or any semblance of political liberty in China. Under Xi Jinping, “president for life,” the CCP has built the most technologically sophisticated repression machine the world has ever seen. In Xinjiang, in Western China, the government is using technology to mount a cultural genocide against the Muslim Uighur minority that is even more total than the one it carried out in Tibet. Human rights experts say that more than a million people are being held in detention camps in Xinjiang, two million more are in forced “re-education,” and everyone else is invasively surveilled via ubiquitous cameras, artificial intelligence and other high-tech means.

None of this is a secret. Under Xi, China has grown markedly more Orwellian;......Why do we give China a pass? In a word: capitalism. Because for 40 years, the West’s relationship with China has been governed by a strategic error the dimensions of which are only now coming into horrific view.......A parade of American presidents on the left and the right argued that by cultivating China as a market — hastening its economic growth and technological sophistication while bringing our own companies a billion new workers and customers — we would inevitably loosen the regime’s hold on its people....the West’s entire political theory about China has been spectacularly wrong. China has engineered ferocious economic growth in the past half century, lifting hundreds of millions of its citizens out of miserable poverty. But China’s growth did not come at any cost to the regime’s political chokehold....It is also now routinely corrupting the rest of us outside of China......the N.B.A.’s hasty and embarrassing apology this week after Daryl Morey, the Houston Rockets’ general manager, tweeted — and quickly deleted — a message in support of Hong Kong’s protesters......The N.B.A. is far from the first American institution to accede to China’s limits on liberty. Hollywood, large tech companies and a variety of consumer brands — from Delta to Zara — have been more than willing to play ball. The submission is spreading: .....This sort of corporate capitulation is hardly surprising. For Western companies, China is simply too big and too rich a market to ignore, let alone to pressure or to police. will only get worse from here, and we are fools to play this game. There is a school of thought that says America should not think of China as an enemy. With its far larger population, China’s economy will inevitably come to eclipse ours, but that is hardly a mortal threat. In climate change, the world faces a huge collective-action problem that will require global cooperation. According to this view, treating China like an adversary will only frustrate our own long-term goals......this perspective leaves out the threat that greater economic and technological integration with China poses to everyone outside of China. It ignores the ever-steeper capitulation that China requires of its partners. And it overlooks the most important new factor in the Chinese regime’s longevity: the seductive efficiency that technology offers to effect a breathtaking new level of control over its population......Through online surveillance, facial recognition, artificial intelligence and the propagandistic gold mine of social media, China has mobilized a set of tools that allow it to invisibly, routinely repress its citizens and shape political opinion by manipulating their feelings and grievances on just about any controversy.....Chinese-style tech-abetted surveillance authoritarianism could become a template for how much of the world works.
adversaries  artificial_intelligence  authoritarianism  brands  capitalism  capitulation  China  China_rising  Chinese_Communist_Party  climate_change  collective_action  cultural_genocide  decoupling  despots  errors  facial_recognition  Farhad_Manjoo  freedom  Hollywood  Hong_Kong  human_rights  influence  NBA  op-ed  Orwell  propaganda  repression  self-corruption  surveillance  surveillance_state  technology  threats  Tibet  totalitarianism  tyranny  Uyghurs  unintended_consequences  values  Xi_Jinping 
october 2019 by jerryking
Visiting a Tailor in Hong Kong? Be Specific
OCT. 26, 2017 | The New York Times | By M.J. SMITH.

First, know what you want in the finished garment-- In detail.(e.g. if you want specific features — topstitching, a watch pocket in trousers or channels for shirt collar stays — you have to say so when you place the order). Another possibility: Bring a favorite garment to be copied. (And that’s what will be produced: an exact copy.).....Second, consider your travel schedule. Many tailors can, indeed, produce a suit overnight — or will measure you just before you dash to the airport train, then send the finished garment by express delivery. But having at least one fitting, and preferably two, will produce a much better result.........Fabric is a good indicator of price. A suit made from top-quality materials, which will pack with little wrinkling and keep its shape over time, is likely to cost from $1,500 to more than $3,000. Moderately priced fabrics will result in lower-priced garments. But, regardless of what someone on the internet says, a $300 suit that will fit perfectly, wear like a dream and last for decades is a fantasy.
Hong_Kong  suits  mens'_clothing  bespoke 
november 2017 by jerryking
David Tang, Fashion Retailer and Raconteur, Dies at 63
AUG. 30, 2017 | The New York Times | By KEITH BRADSHER and ELIZABETH PATON.

HK businessman, socialite and the FT's Agony Uncle.
obituaries  retailers  entrepreneur  Hong_Kong  etiquette  David_Tang 
august 2017 by jerryking
Where Finance and Technology Come Together - The New York Times

Several cities around the world are competing to become the capital, or at least one of the regional capitals, of fintech. If the young financial technology industry has the transformative effect that some have imagined, the contest could also determine the future capitals of finance as a whole.

At the recent Money 2020 conference in Las Vegas, the largest fintech conference in the world, government representatives from Dublin, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg and Belfast, Northern Ireland, among others, were walking the floor looking to woo companies.
fin-tech  London  Berlin  Hong_Kong  Dublin 
november 2016 by jerryking
Exit the Dragon? Kung Fu, Once Central to Hong Kong Life, Is Waning - The New York Times
Continue reading the main storyShare This Page
Bruce_Lee  Hong_Kong  martial_arts  '70s  culture  films  movies  actors 
august 2016 by jerryking
Cirque du Soleil expansion looks to tap into Asian demand for shows - The Globe and Mail
HONG KONG — The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, May. 03 2015
Cirque_du_Soleil  Asian  growth  China  Hong_Kong 
may 2015 by jerryking
Look to Hong Kong data for a glimpse into global retail troubles - The Globe and Mail
Look to Hong Kong data for a glimpse into global retail troubles Add to ...
Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Aug. 21 2014,

The feng shui from Hong Kong is distinctly bearish. Li & Fung Ltd. is a logistics and supply management firm, in simple terms a middle-man that bridges the gap between big fashion and apparel retailers, such as Target Corp., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Marks & Spencer Group PLC and their largely Asian suppliers. Owning no sewing machines and employing no seamstresses, it nonetheless is at the cutting edge of global retailing, making $8.7-billion (U.S.) in revenues over six months. It is no more nor less than the back office for some very big brands, organizing the supply of raw materials, the manufacturing, the distribution and warehousing of the frocks you see in the shops.
Carl_Mortished  Hong_Kong  Li_&_Fung  fashion  Marks_&_Spencer  asset-light  logistics  supply_chains  data  apparel  Target  Wal-Mart  retailers  middlemen 
august 2014 by jerryking
Apsley : Bespoke Tailors


5TH FLOOR, Suite C,
Golden Crown Court,
66-70 Nathan Road,
TST., Kowloon, Hong Kong.

T: +852,2366,7882
mens'_clothing  bespoke  Hong_Kong 
june 2014 by jerryking
How can an average dude ever afford a bespoke suit? | The Grid TO
OCT 3, 2012
How can an average dude ever afford a bespoke suit?
Dapper gents across the city should know there’s a Hong Kong–based tailoring company that makes regular visits to Toronto.
affordability  bespoke  suits  Toronto  Hong_Kong 
may 2014 by jerryking
Taking a Dim Sum View -
January 31, 2013 | WSJ | By JEMIMA SISSONS.

Taking a Dim Sum View
Learning an Ancient Culinary Tradition in the Kitchens of the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong
Hong_Kong  things_to_do  Dim_Sum  restaurants  brunch  food 
february 2013 by jerryking
Big Changes Drive Small Carpet Firm -
October 30, 2006 | WSJ | By PHRED DVORAK
Theory & Practice
Big Changes Drive Small Carpet Firm
Hong Kong's Tai Ping Sets Global Growth on Overhaul In Management, Marketing

The small Hong Kong carpet maker hired an American chief executive who had never been to Asia and installed him in New York. It revamped its executive team, centralized marketing and acquired a high-end carpet maker in the U.S...."We're trying to create a minimultinational," says director John Ying, who helped push Tai Ping in its new direction.... small companies can -- and sometimes must -- globalize as much as big ones....
globalization  CEOs  Hong_Kong  small_business  howto  carpets  multinationals  microproducers  tips  marketing  strategy  management  turnarounds  metrics  managing_change 
february 2013 by jerryking
Maxwell's Clothiers Ltd.

All cotton shirts do shrink over time, the level of shrinkage is the direct result of how the shirts are cleaned and maintained.
To prolong the life ofyour shirts, please read the following for the proper care of your shirts:
When using commercial cleaners, if possible, request your cleaner to avoid using a high temperature press for the collars and cuffs on the shirts.
Use of dryer can cause extreme shrinkage.
Avoid using bleach, we highly recommend mild washing powder or detergent for home laundry.
Please carefully note washing instructions inside the garment.
MAXWELL'S CLOTIHERS is not responsible for any shrinkage damage or discoloration of garments resulting from negligence or improper care and handling by commercial cleaners or home laundry.
Thank you for your purchase of Custom Tailored Clothing by Maxwell’s Clorhiers. We visit your city every few months and a brochure with complete details will be mailed to you prior to our visits. Should you have any inquiries, please email us at : maxwell@maxwellsclothí Thank you for your support and patronage.
Every care and attention has been put into the workmanship of your custom-tailored garment by Clothiers, exclusively for your wear. Material used in your garments have been carefully examined and tested. All garments are also throughly inspected prior to packaging and shipping.
Maxwe|I's Clothiers is not responsible for any shrinkage, damage. or discoloration of garments resulting from negligence or improper care and handling by commercial cleaners or home laundry.
Any discrepancies must be addressed ro:
MAXWELL'S CLOTHlERS. HONG KONG WITHIN 15 DAYS of receipt of garments by email, fax or letter. Complaints will not be entertained thereafter. No refunds on custom tailored clothing. Orders cancelled will be subject to a cancellation fee. For re-ordering, customers may place the orders online thru our website or by emailing us. For more information, kindly refer to our website indicated below.
mens'_clothing  bespoke  instructions  Hong_Kong  dry-cleaning_industry  cotton  suits 
december 2012 by jerryking
The emergence of a new global citizen - The Globe and Mail

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Aug. 16 2012
Chrystia_Freeland  Hong_Kong  capitalism  films  globalization 
august 2012 by jerryking
Will SARS Strike Here? -- Printout -- TIME
Apr. 14, 2003
Will SARS Strike Here?
By MICHAEL D. LEMONICK;Jim Erickson, Carmen Lee and Bryan Walsh/Hong Kong, Sora Song/New York, Matthew Forney/Beijing and Daffyd Roderick/Toronto
SARS  Hong_Kong 
july 2012 by jerryking
The Best Dim Sum in Hong Kong
March 9, 2012 | WSJ | By GEORGIA FREEDMAN.

In Search Of: The Best Dim Sum in Hong Kong
On the hunt for the plumpest dumplings, tastiest buns and sweetest spare ribs this Asian city offers up from a cart, basket or porcelain plate.
Hong_Kong  restaurants  travel  things_to_do  food  Dim_Sum 
march 2012 by jerryking
Manufacturing: The end of cheap China
Mar 10th 2012 | HONG KONG AND SHENZHEN | The Economist

The era of cheap China may be drawing to a close. Costs are soaring, starting in the coastal provinces where factories have historically clustered (see map). Increases in land prices, environmental and safety regulations and taxes all play a part. The biggest factor, though, is labour...If cheap China is fading, what will replace it? Will factories shift to poorer countries with cheaper labour? That is the conventional wisdom, but it is wrong....Louis Kuijs of the Fung Global Institute, a think-tank, observes that some low-tech, labour-intensive industries, such as T-shirts and cheap trainers, have already left China. And some firms are employing a “China + 1” strategy, opening just one factory in another country to test the waters and provide a back-up.

But coastal China has enduring strengths, despite soaring costs. First, it is close to the booming Chinese domestic market. This is a huge advantage. No other country has so many newly pecunious consumers clamouring for stuff.

Second, Chinese wages may be rising fast, but so is Chinese productivity. The precise numbers are disputed, but the trend is not. Chinese workers are paid more because they are producing more.

Third, China is huge. Its labour pool is large and flexible enough to accommodate seasonal industries that make Christmas lights or toys, says Ivo Naumann of AlixPartners. In response to sudden demand, a Chinese factory making iPhones was able to rouse 8,000 workers from their dormitory and put them on the assembly line at midnight, according to the New York Times. Not the next day. Midnight. Nowhere else are such feats feasible.

Fourth, China’s supply chain is sophisticated and supple. Professor Zheng Yusheng of the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business argues that the right way to measure manufacturing competitiveness is not by comparing labour costs alone, but by comparing entire supply chains. Even if labour costs are a quarter of those in China to make a given product, the unreliability or unavailability of many components may make it uneconomic to make things elsewhere.
China  cheap  comparative_advantage  competitive_advantage  competitiveness  factors_of_production  flexibility  Hong_Kong  low-cost  manufacturers  measurements  productivity  supply_chains  think_tanks 
march 2012 by jerryking
A Middleman Who Doesn't Feel Squeezed by China
September 15, 2005 | New York Times |By JAMES FLANIGAN

Henry Fan expects growth from acquiring distressed apparel firms and gaining the size and strength to withstand the risks of supplying big retail companies even at the low prices that Chinese imports are dictating....Fan says he believes he can continue to compete by using the expertise he gained in the worlds of technology and finance to build an international supply network to handle the growing trade.

"We have overseas offices in Hong Kong and in many parts of China as well as Bangladesh and Thailand," he said. "We can design products here or overseas and ship them anywhere; we can tackle the job in numerous ways." In short, he wants to make Basic Elements a central part of the new supply equation of Chinese factories and American retailers.
intermediaries  Chinese  China  apparel  competitive_advantage  strategy  supply_chains  middlemen  economic_clout  Hong_Kong  Bangladesh  Thailand  roll_ups 
october 2011 by jerryking
DISH: How to Make the Best Fried Rice -- Scene Asia - Scene Asia - WSJ
January 21, 2011 | | By Amy Ma.

Fried rice is to Chinese food what the omelette is to French cuisine —
one of the simplest dishes, yet one of the most difficult to master.

That’s why chef Hang-yuk Choy counts as one of his greatest achievements
winning the Hong Kong Tourism Bureau’s Best of the Best Culinary Award
for his signature fried rice.

At his restaurant, Tsui Hang Village — a Hong Kong institution for more
than three decades — Mr. Choy believes that three main ingredients make
up a holy trinity when it comes to fried rice: conpoy (dried scallop),
dried fish and roasted goose. He chooses them in lieu of more-common
ingredients such as char siu (barbecued pork), vegetables and egg,
because he says they boost the flavor a few notches.
Hong_Kong  restaurants  howto  Chinese  rice  fried_rice  recipes 
january 2011 by jerryking
Dean of Ivey's Hong Kong campus: 'Canadians are missing the boat' - The Globe and Mail
Nov. 01, 2010 | Globe & Mail | GORDON PITTS. We’re not
preparing the next generation for a time when China will be a
superpower. What are we doing to teach people about China? We still have
people calling us and saying ‘I’m going to China – what should I wear?’
In reality, Hong Kong is a sophisticated city. And when you land in
Beijing, you’re in an enormous city where people are master consumers.
And we are focusing all our attention on languages that might not be as
useful as Mandarin in the future.

It’s really about fixing young people’s attention on the fact the
economic powerhouse is not the U.S. any more. It is China and it is
India and we don’t know enough about this side of the world.
Hong_Kong  China  Ivey  Gordon_Pitts  China_rising  America_in_Decline?  superpowers  Mandarin  languages  young_people 
november 2010 by jerryking
Lunchbox at The Chairman Restaurant in Hong Kong - Scene Asia - Scene Asia - WSJ
October 19, 2010 | WSJ | By Amy Ma. Lunchbox: Small Restaurant, Large Ambitions
Hong_Kong  restaurants  travel 
october 2010 by jerryking
Peninsula Boss Builds for the Future -
JULY 19, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By DUNCAN MAVIN
hotels  hoteliers  hospitality  Hong_Kong 
july 2010 by jerryking
: The Politically Incorrect Guide to Ending Poverty
July/August 2010 | The Atlantic Magazine | By Sebastian
Mallaby. In the 1990s, Paul Romer revolutionized economics. In the
aughts, he became rich as a software entrepreneur. Now he’s trying to
help the poorest countries grow rich—by convincing them to establish
foreign-run “charter cities” within their borders. Romer’s idea is
unconventional, even neo-colonial—the best analogy is Britain’s historic
lease of Hong Kong. And against all odds, he just might make it happen.
noughties  poverty  economic_development  Paul_Romer  rules_of_the_game  neocolonialism  recolonization  analogies  unconventional  city-states  political_correctness  enclaves  Hong_Kong  economic  economists 
june 2010 by jerryking
Rich Chinese Businessmen Want Hong Kong Homes
May 13, 2010 | BusinessWeek | By Bruce Einhorn. Wealthy
from stimulus money pumped into the Chinese economy, they are driving up
residential real estate, in a slump since the 1997 post-takeover crash.
real_estate  China  high_net_worth  Hong_Kong  passports  immigration  citizenship  Northwood 
may 2010 by jerryking

Copy this bookmark:

to read