1st Edition

Hong Kong as a Global Business and Financial Hub Navigating the Turbulence and Challenges

Edited By Tai-Lok Lui, Ingyu Oh, Chris Rowley Copyright 2024

    This book explores the manifold ways that the current confrontations between China and the US, and political tensions within the Special Administrative Region (SAR) has brought Hong Kong to the forefront of emerging political frictions between Beijing and the territory and growing international rivalry between the two powerful nations of the world. Unlike the situation in the post-WWII decades, which witnessed the internationalisation of the Hong Kong economy, this “New Cold War” poses challenges to the SAR’s status as a global city and international financial and business centre. The enactment of the National Security Law and the growing presence of Beijing in regulating the SAR’s domestic affairs triggered strong reactions from many countries. Hong Kong has to bear some of the consequences of measures imposed onto China as a result of current controversies. The shadow of China also raises many eyebrows about the prospects of Hong Kong as a free and liberal city. And the outbreak of COVID-19 and the concomitant interruption to economic flows and the movement of people further complicate the situation. 

    This book will be of great value to students and scholars in the fields such as Economics, Sociology and Asia Pacific studies. The chapters in this book were originally published in the Asia Pacific Business Review.

    1. Introduction—Hong Kong as a global business hub: lessons from institutional resilience and strategic responses

    Tai-lok Lui, Ingyu Oh and Chris Rowley 

    2. Still in command and control? Hong Kong’s headquarters economy in the changing global and regional context

    Tai-lok Lui 

    3. Geopolitics and Hong Kong as international financial centre: a dynamic IPE perspective

    Gregory T. Chin

    4. The economy of the Sino–US conflict: its impact on Chinese firms listed in the US and Hong Kong as a financial hub

    T. K. P. Leung and Lawrence H. W. Lei

    5. Trading as usual? Navigating Hong Kong’s roles in global trade architectures

    Yu-wai Vic Li

    6. The Sinicisation of the Hong Kong economy or the Hongkongnisation of the Greater Bay Area: are we ‘barking up the wrong tree’?

    Godfrey Yeung and Tai-lok Lui 

    7. Hong Kong’s economic integration with Chinese mainland: an index and cointegration analysis of socio-economic indicators

    Geng Cui and Yuho Chung


    Tai-lok Lui is Chair Professor of Hong Kong Studies and Director of the Academy of Hong Kong Studies at The Education University of Hong Kong. His research interests are in the areas of class analysis, urban sociology, and economic sociology. He is the co-editor of Hong Kong 20 Years after the Handover and Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Hong Kong.

    Ingyu Oh is Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Business Communication at Kansai Gaidai University, Osaka, Japan. He has published numerous books, monographs, and journal articles in the area of organizational studies, pop culture industries, innovation and globalization. He is the Managing Editor of Asia Pacific Business Review.

    Chris Rowley, Kellogg College, University of Oxford, UK and Bayes Business School, City, University of London, UK and former Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Education, Tohoku University, Japan and Research Fellow, Korean Foundation, Korea. He has over 30 years’ experience in university systems in the UK, Europe and Asia and has won several international grants. He has published over 800 articles, books, chapters, and practitioner pieces. He regularly provides interviews, expert comments, and opinion pieces to the international media, including news services, TV, radio, and practitioner outlets.