Public Lecture: 【The Making of the Sino-Hong Kong Financial Ties】
This all-too-familiar discourse is, however, not sufficient to explain the above phenomenon, according to Damian Tobin, a scholar in Chinese business. Tobin also pinpointed that Chinese financial firms’ activities in Hong Kong in the post-war period played a major role in the city’s rise to international status, which in turn raises another question – under the tense geopolitical situation in Cold War and the control of international finance by the Bretton Woods System, how did Hong Kong become the offshore financial centre for China?
The speaker of this public lecture shall discuss how the Sino-Hong Kong financial ties resulted from the geopolitical interactions between China, U.K., U.S. and U.S.S.R. in the Cold War. Hong Kong’s position as the offshore financial centre for China is sustained by her subtle relations with China. Differing from previous studies which focus mainly on the external security of the city, our speaker discovers through his study that the internal security and economic needs of Hong Kong, as well as the course of Cold War, are also the cruxes.