World Views | The vaccines that could use a shot in the arm

In a pandemic, trust is everything. Beijing and Moscow saw early the potential benefits of pulling ahead in the race to produce an effective inoculation against Covid-19. Apart from the public health benefits and

Climate change: Let’s keep the Spirit of Paris alive!

By Alexandre Giorgini, Consul-General of France in Hong Kong and Macau Five years ago in France, for the first time in history, the world’s nations came together in a

World Views | Boris Johnson’s Brexit Divide-and-Rule Plan Is Failing

Wednesday was supposed to be Boris Johnson’s ultimate showdown: A face-to-face meeting with Ursula von der Leyen, boss of the European Commission, to make a once-and-for-all final decision on a

World Views | EU rolls Brexit  tanks onto U.K.  hedge fund lawn 

As negotiations about the terms of the U.K.’s departure from the European Union rumble on interminably, it’s pretty clear that the future relationship will be fractious at best. For

World Views | Don’t let Iran get away with hostage-taking

One year ago today, I was released from Iran as an American hostage in a prisoner swap. I went to Tehran in 2016 with little knowledge of its contemporary political

World Views | Can China’s Covid recovery continue?

In China’s post-Covid economy, there may be hope for the struggling private sector made up of millions of small businesses. It needs to stay that way. Unlike previous recoveries, fixed asset

World Views | Women take the lead in vaccine development

The early history of vaccines is a male-dominated field. The science, which is currently showing spectacular results, is now led by women. Therein lies a lesson about the allocation of

World Views | The City of London’s supremacy goes very deep

Nerves are fraying about what happens to the financial services industry once the dust clears from Brexit. No one really knows whether there will be some form of equivalence between the City

World Views | Zoom won big again. Why aren’t investors impressed?

Zoom Video Communications Inc. has had a monster year in almost every way. The video-conferencing upstart got a huge boost in the spring amid Covid-induced lockdowns, and it’s still a must-have for

World Views | Like Trump, Biden is transactional. That’s not a bad thing

Joe Biden ran as the antithesis of Donald Trump: an experienced, dignified and empathetic leader who could bridge America’s political, racial and class divides. The success of the Biden administration,

World Views | Key question in Cosby appeal: Does defendant’s past matter?

In 2016, as Bill Cosby’s legal team prepared for trial in his stunning sexual assault case in Pennsylvania, the state Supreme Court quietly heard a death row inmate’s appeal. Lawyers for

World Views | Why Maradona was better than Ronaldo and Messi

Soccer fans are fortunate to live in a time when two superstars are simultaneously making the claim to be the best player in the history of the sport — and

World Views | China makes a safe space for consumers. Will they spend?

Emerging from nearly a year of battling an economy dragged down by Covid-19 and a rickety financial system, Beijing is realizing what the most important collateral damage has been: consumers. Without their wallets

World Views | Progressives may not like Biden’s foreign policy

Shortly after President-elect Joe Biden clinched his party’s nomination in May, a group of 50 progressive organizations sent his campaign a letter urging him to commit to a broad agenda of foreign

Our Desk | Policy versus Execution

Mid-November is historically the time for the year’s review and assessment and, in regard to Macau, for the government to announce the new policies to be enforced in the upcoming

World Views | Go on, jump. A pile of soft dollars will catch you

The economic recovery from the coronavirus will have its share of false dawns. What’s unlikely to be derailed, however, is the wall of money sloshing through the global financial system,

World views | As travel bubbles begin, don’t expect a miracle

This Sunday, the post-Covid travel era will begin at airports in Hong Kong and Singapore. Two hundred passengers, prescreened for the virus, will board flights in each city bound for the other.

World Views | The only thing worse than a big default is a surprise one

In 2018, when Chinese President Xi Jinping visited one of Tsinghua Unigroup Co.’s mega memory-chip factories in Wuhan, he said that semiconductor processing is the heart of a nation’s manufacturing industry. Well, that heart

World Views | Why Moderna’s vaccine win is a giant leap against pandemics

The world now seems likely to have at least two effective vaccines against Covid-19 with Monday’s announcement of positive early data from Moderna Inc.’s 30,000-person clinical trial. The result comes a

Our Desk | Beef or no beef, that is the question

I was walking by a fast food chain the other day when my attention was caught by a drop-down banner hanging on the window, facing the street. The restaurant was

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