Public Lecture: 【The Making of the Sino-Hong Kong Financial Ties】 

Public Lecture: 【The Making of the Sino-Hong Kong Financial Ties】

Organized by Centre for Social Change

Date: 28/09/2016 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:30- 9:30pm
Venue: Room G5217, AC1, City University of Hong Kong
Speaker: Mr. Gary Fong  (Master’s student in Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick)
Moderator: Dr. Siu Yu Kwan, Kaxton (Assistant Professor of the Department of Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

Description:

The metamorphosis of Hong Kong from a fishing village to the international financial centre of worldwide reputation would have been unlikely without the city’s close economic ties with China. During the Chinese economic reform, Hong Kong was the bridgehead to China for foreign enterprises, Hong Kong-based firms developed their business in the Mainland as well, integrating China into the world economy.
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.
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