Firefighters extinguish a fire at a railway station destroyed by a Russian missile attack in Konstyantynivka, Ukraine. Photo: AFP

My Take | Probe finds Taiwan’s nitrocellulose exports to Russia for gunpowder have skyrocketed

Mainland China is sanctioned for selling dual-use civilian materials but island supplier of key explosive for artillery shells appears to get friendly advice to redirect sales to EU.

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Opinion | How Hong Kong can play a critical role in the space economy

The “NewSpace” industry is passing Hong Kong by when the city has such capacity to fund and manage it, incubate talent and tech and help set up much-needed global regulations to deal with space debris.

The “NewSpace” industry is passing Hong Kong by when the city has such capacity to fund and manage it, incubate talent and tech and help set up much-needed global regulations to deal with space debris.

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The View | Amid a property market crisis, China’s commercial real estate has held up

Given the bleak domestic and external backdrop, the strong performance of China’s commercial real estate investment market is remarkable. It shows that a solid domestic investor base, a sharper repricing of property values and policy support for key sectors can make a difference.

Given the bleak domestic and external backdrop, the strong performance of China’s commercial real estate investment market is remarkable. It shows that a solid domestic investor base, a sharper repricing of property values and policy support for key sectors can make a difference.

26 Feb 2024 - 3:15PM

Opinion | Beijing’s point man in Hong Kong could clear the air on patriotism

A pro-establishment lawmaker’s criticism of a former Legco president’s questions about certain aspects of the proposed Article 23 legislation is troubling. The director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, who is visiting the city, could clarify how patriotism and constructive criticism can coexist.

A pro-establishment lawmaker’s criticism of a former Legco president’s questions about certain aspects of the proposed Article 23 legislation is troubling. The director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, who is visiting the city, could clarify how patriotism and constructive criticism can coexist.

26 Feb 2024 - 9:30AM

Editorial | Hong Kong finds new gear for innovation drive

Hong Kong’s bid to become a centre for innovation in Asia is picking up speed with companies from the mainland and overseas announcing plans for investment in R&D, advanced manufacturing and other areas.

Hong Kong’s bid to become a centre for innovation in Asia is picking up speed with companies from the mainland and overseas announcing plans for investment in R&D, advanced manufacturing and other areas.

26 Feb 2024 - 5:30AM

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Opinion | Stuck between China and the US, flailing Japan needs a grand new plan

Faced with economic woes and geopolitical uncertainties that have left it increasingly squeezed between a resurgent China and an unpredictable ally in America, Japan needs a grand new strategy.

26 Feb 2024 - 5:30AM

Editorial | Boost employment, training for healthier population growth

Hong Kong population ticks up for second year in a row, but labour and and workforce shortages persist despite talent scheme admissions and one-way permit arrivals

Hong Kong population ticks up for second year in a row, but labour and and workforce shortages persist despite talent scheme admissions and one-way permit arrivals

26 Feb 2024 - 5:00AM

Inside Out | Is an AI revolution truly under way? Not so fast

While generative AI holds transformative promise for some, for others it heralds large-scale job losses and widespread ethical and security challenges. Even if this technological revolution lives up to its potential, it is clear its benefits will take years to reach consumers and firms in poorer countries.

While generative AI holds transformative promise for some, for others it heralds large-scale job losses and widespread ethical and security challenges. Even if this technological revolution lives up to its potential, it is clear its benefits will take years to reach consumers and firms in poorer countries.

25 Feb 2024 - 9:16PM

City Beat | What ‘facts’ for Beijing’s top man on Hong Kong affairs on his fact-finding mission?

Xia Baolong, director of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, has economic focus for seven-day visit and will report back on city’s pulse after gauging public feedback.

Xia Baolong, director of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, has economic focus for seven-day visit and will report back on city’s pulse after gauging public feedback.

25 Feb 2024 - 11:45PM

Opinion | Why it’s time for Hong Kong to go the way of Singapore on GST

With the city facing a massive deficit, it must prioritise spending where it matters and find new sources of revenue. A goods and services tax implemented at the wholesale level might not be too onerous, and would reassure investors in government bonds of the city’s financial health.

With the city facing a massive deficit, it must prioritise spending where it matters and find new sources of revenue. A goods and services tax implemented at the wholesale level might not be too onerous, and would reassure investors in government bonds of the city’s financial health.

26 Feb 2024 - 12:13PM

Opinion | It’s only fair to cut developing world some slack on emission goals

As temperatures rise across the globe, the harsh reality is that those who burn the least fossil fuels lack the wealth to deal with climate change’s effects. The developing needs flexibility in their climate adaptation plans, and that includes the option to explore and extract fossil fuels to help alleviate poverty.

As temperatures rise across the globe, the harsh reality is that those who burn the least fossil fuels lack the wealth to deal with climate change’s effects. The developing needs flexibility in their climate adaptation plans, and that includes the option to explore and extract fossil fuels to help alleviate poverty.

25 Feb 2024 - 5:46PM

Editorial | Investing in research aids biotech progress

Hong Kong-developed blood test for identifying dementia in its early stages, when it is easier to treat, is another measure of city’s progress in the biotech arena.

Hong Kong-developed blood test for identifying dementia in its early stages, when it is easier to treat, is another measure of city’s progress in the biotech arena.

25 Feb 2024 - 6:30AM

Editorial | Hong Kong’s Paul Chan faces challenge of budget balancing act to help recovery

Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po will have to juggle a sluggish economy, spending on mega projects and welfare subsidies.

Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po will have to juggle a sluggish economy, spending on mega projects and welfare subsidies.

25 Feb 2024 - 6:15AM

Opinion | Taliban has a choice: renounce al-Qaeda or remain in isolation

The world is willing to negotiate with the Taliban and help solve Afghanistan’s problems but, first, the de facto rulers must cut ties with al-Qaeda and address rising terrorism.

The world is willing to negotiate with the Taliban and help solve Afghanistan’s problems but, first, the de facto rulers must cut ties with al-Qaeda and address rising terrorism.

25 Feb 2024 - 9:17AM

My Take | There is no excuse for continued loss of life at our building sites

Latest tragedy involving bamboo scaffolding at Kai Tak project once again highlights city’s poor safety record and the need for change.

Latest tragedy involving bamboo scaffolding at Kai Tak project once again highlights city’s poor safety record and the need for change.

24 Feb 2024 - 10:56PM

Opinion | Plant-based meat’s success in Asia boils down to cost and outreach

Research suggests plant-based meat industry should target consumers seeking protein diversity or nutritious supplements rather than a replacement. The survey also indicates affordability would boost prospects for plant-based protein consumption in Southeast Asia.

Research suggests plant-based meat industry should target consumers seeking protein diversity or nutritious supplements rather than a replacement. The survey also indicates affordability would boost prospects for plant-based protein consumption in Southeast Asia.

24 Feb 2024 - 7:30PM

Macroscope | Not knowing when the global debt crisis will blow up doesn’t mean it won’t

The mountain of global debt is of particular concern because of the sharp series of interest rate increases in the US. The threat that debt levels in different sectors of the economy pose to financial markets should be more clearly communicated.

The mountain of global debt is of particular concern because of the sharp series of interest rate increases in the US. The threat that debt levels in different sectors of the economy pose to financial markets should be more clearly communicated.

24 Feb 2024 - 5:16PM

Outside In | Hong Kong is changing. Too bad outsiders see only decline

The city has had a rough ride and some things have faded, like the dominance of Western business leaders in Hong Kong’s executive suites, but the city is stepping up Greater Bay Area integration and making new connections with formerly neglected markets. Dramatic change is afoot.

The city has had a rough ride and some things have faded, like the dominance of Western business leaders in Hong Kong’s executive suites, but the city is stepping up Greater Bay Area integration and making new connections with formerly neglected markets. Dramatic change is afoot.

24 Feb 2024 - 9:30AM

My Hong Kong | Why bash this Hong Kong art project? Its Chubby Hearts are in the right place

The Chubby Hearts art project was started in the UK by designer Anya Hindmarch. The Hong Kong edition drew criticism, but it has brought joy and laughter to the city, and we need more projects like it.

The Chubby Hearts art project was started in the UK by designer Anya Hindmarch. The Hong Kong edition drew criticism, but it has brought joy and laughter to the city, and we need more projects like it.

24 Feb 2024 - 9:15AM

Editorial | Step up patrols to ward off Hong Kong poachers

Greater monitoring needed after poaching traps found in city countryside, posing a cruel threat to animals and people. Stiffer fines could work but only if offenders think they will be caught

Greater monitoring needed after poaching traps found in city countryside, posing a cruel threat to animals and people. Stiffer fines could work but only if offenders think they will be caught

24 Feb 2024 - 6:30AM