No American president or president-elect has spoken to a Taiwan leader since 1979.
It used to be said that greed is the wellspring of scams. But with the amazing new array of tricks deployed by IT-savvy modern scammers, plain ignorance must be added as another major factor for successful scams.
Hong Kong cannot deal with its over-dependence on the real estate sector simply by building more public housing or increasing land supply — ultimately the best solution lies in developing new pillar industries.
While much effort was involved in preparing this comprehensive blueprint, there are some issues that may need to be reconsidered before a development strategy can be finalized.
HSBC's share price surge was in line with the strong performance of major US banks on the New York Stock Exchange.
Germany took over the presidency of the G20 on Dec 1 and is preparing to host the group's 12th summit in Hamburg next summer.
The global context for development has changed significantly in the past decade.
One after another, measures are being taken to promote the trading links between the capital markets on the Chinese mainland and in the HKSAR and take effective action against illegal activities.
The yuan's continued depreciation against the US dollar since September has aroused concerns about possible capital flight from China.
The South Island Line announcement came as a relief given the railway company’s earlier warnings of the possibility of further delays for the project.