China's stock market and the rise of the 'pyjama traders'
- 13 January 2016
China's volatile shares have affected millions of individuals - the shop owners, pensioners and other small traders, who make up 80% of China's investors. How have China's stock exchanges come to be dominated by "traders in pyjamas"?
When my Aunt Jin retired from her sedentary office job at the age of 55 several years ago, she spent some time wondering what to do with her golden years. She started by going dancing with her old friends from work but then she moved away from her old apartment and gradually that hobby fizzled out.
Thankfully my outgoing aunt never keeps still for very long - she's always got a new interest bubbling away.
Shortly after hanging up her dancing shoes she found a new pastime. She started watching various TV talk shows that teach old-timers how to become rich.
You can see the attraction. These shows are usually fronted by pundits dressed as sophisticated self-made billionaires - a bit like a TV version of the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad.
The 'Michelin curse' comes to Hong Kong
- 10 January 2016
Winning recognition in the annual Michelin Guide is one of the most sought-after honours in the restaurant business.
But in Hong Kong, a city plagued by high rents, the accolade may bring unexpected challenges.
The 'unprecedented' case of the missing Hong Kong bookseller
- 4 January 2016
When four associates of the Causeway Bay Bookstore went missing last October, it was their colleague, Paul Lee who raised the alarm.
Mr Lee, who along with his wife, is a shareholder in the bookstore and the publishing house that owns it, took charge of briefing journalists, dealing with advocacy groups and speaking with law enforcement officials.
Zhou Enlai: Was Communist China's first premier gay?
- 30 December 2015
Handsome and urbane, Zhou Enlai presented a modern, progressive face of China at home and abroad during more than 25 years as the country's first premier.
Like Mao Zedong, he was a colossal figure in the Communist Party.
The chill behind China's vision of a 'beautiful' internet
- 17 December 2015
Wuzhen, I can only imagine, has been chosen as the venue for China's World Internet Conference because it is beautiful.
That is one of the recurring themes of the event: that the internet is a thing of beauty which should be shared and cherished by all mankind.
Questions over Alibaba's Hong Kong newspaper purchase
- 11 December 2015
The employees of Hong Kong's South China Morning Post newspaper have been waiting with bated breath for weeks for news on whether they might have a new owner.
The confirmation of its purchase by the Alibaba Group finally came on Friday.
IS killing of Chinese hostage: A game changer?
- 19 November 2015
The killing of a Chinese national by the Islamic State (IS) militant group has sent shockwaves across China.
Official reaction was swift. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned IS for the kidnapping and killing of Fan Jinghui, and vowed to "bring the culprits to justice".
Hong Kong-China: A growing football rivalry or just politics?
- 17 November 2015
Around the world, there are legendary, dynastic rivalries in football.
Think Turkey versus Greece, England versus Germany and Brazil versus Argentina.
Macau customs chief death raises questions
- 5 November 2015
Just hours after Macau's first female customs chief was found dead of an apparent suicide, the city's chief executive took the unusual step of holding a news conference.
Lai Man-wa, a mother of two, was found dead last Friday in a public toilet at a luxury apartment complex.
Taking stock of China's five year economic model
- 30 October 2015
Big changes lie in store for China in the next five years, as the government announces significant policy shifts in its new blueprint for the country. An end to the one-child policy, and a lowered GDP growth goal are the biggest changes to surface so far.
In the coming weeks and months, more details will emerge, explaining how the plan will be carried out and what objectives will be met. It's worth it to pay attention to the details.