21 October 2019

Ben Kwok

EJ Insight writer
  • China Unicom is strengthening its ties with global telecom operators and industry chains to jointly promote the construction of the 5G network. Photo: China Unicom Global

    Why China Unicom deserves a second look in the 5G era

    - Jun 27, 2019 12:47pm
    China Unicom (00762.HK, 600050.CN) is an underdog. Among the country’s three state-owned telecommunications operators, the company may even look like a bad bet.  The mighty China Mobile (00941.HK) is the investors’ favorite, although it, too, is currently...
  • If Chief Executive Carrie Lam were a stock, would her fundamentals stand her in good stead? Photo: Reuters

    Carrie trade – buy or sell?

    - Jun 19, 2019 11:28am
    Sell in May, June is even worse, but July will rebound, according to traditional Chinese investment wisdom. Will that work for Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor? Well, she offered a public apology to all the...
  • Next Digital's Jimmy Lai saw his media outfit's share price surge amid the massive protests against the extradition bill. Photo: AFP

    Jimmy Lai’s Next offers an investment lesson

    - Jun 18, 2019 12:12pm
    Jimmy Lai Chee-ying’s Next Digital (00282.HK) has doubled in value since a million people marched against the extradition bill on June 9. On Monday alone, a day after two million Hongkongers took to the streets to...
  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam: people simply could not countenance her ego. Photo: AFP

    Carrie Lam and the sin of arrogance

    - Jun 17, 2019 3:15pm
    According to The New York Times, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s move to suspend the reviled extradition bill is the biggest political retreat under the reign of President Xi Jinping. The central government now has...
  • Battleground Admiralty: Protesters advance amid fumes from tear gas fired by riot police on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Don’t shoot the messenger

    - Jun 13, 2019 12:48pm
    Salute to the media workers of Hong Kong! Among the 70-odd individuals who were injured and sent to hospitals as a result of the breakout of violence in Wednesday’s protests in Admiralty were reporters, photographers and...
  • Protesters march along a road in Hong Kong on Wednesday, continuing to voice their opposition to proposed changes in the city’s extradition law. Photo: Reuters

    As youth take to the streets again, pride and despair

    - Jun 12, 2019 2:19pm
    It is one of those moments when you are overcome with feelings of pride as well as helplessness, watching young people take to the streets to stand up in defense of Hong Kong’s core values. Witnessing...
  • Hong Kong's streets were filled with white shirt-clad anti-government protesters on June 9, but estimates of the crowd size varied widely depending on who you asked. Photo: Reuters

    Protest marches: The numbers game

    - Jun 11, 2019 1:18pm
    Chief Executive Carrie Lam is stubbornly refusing to walk back her extradition bill despite the huge protest march by citizens, but she was honest enough to acknowledge the scale of the Sunday demonstration, referring to “many...
  • Demonstrators hold up signs in Hong Kong during a protest on Sunday to demand authorities scrap a proposed law that would allow suspects to be transferred to mainland China for criminal trials. Photo: Reuters

    Anti-extradition march: A day to remember

    - Jun 10, 2019 4:38pm
    It is by all means a day to remember in Hong Kong history. Witnessing the June 9 anti-extradition bill rally, there would hardly be anyone who hasn’t been moved by the sight of hundreds of thousands...
  • Hong Kong’s annual candlelight vigil to mark the June 4 Tiananmen anniversary drew more participants this year as people also wanted to voice their concerns over proposed changes to an extradition law. Photo: Reuters

    Donating for democracy

    - Jun 6, 2019 12:45pm
    How much are you willing to donate to support the cause of democracy? If you ask Hong Kong people, you may get an answer that democracy is priceless and that they would do all they can...
  • Numbers don't lie: Tens of thousands join the candlelight vigil for the Tiananmen victims at Victoria Park on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    The numerology of Tiananmen anniversary

    - Jun 5, 2019 12:25pm
    Even weeks before the event, China’s censors were already busy blocking text and images on social media that had a reference – no matter how slight or indirect – to the bloody crackdown on pro-democracy students at...
  • Protesters hold placards opposing proposed amendments to the extradition law during a press conference on Sunday. Photo: AFP

    Housewives join fight against extradition bill

    - Jun 4, 2019 2:43pm
    Housewives. Some people may think of them as passive and apolitical, but they do care about society because what happens outside their homes affect their husbands and kids.  So if they raise their voices and link...
  • A recent survey showed that half of Hong Kong employees below 25 years of age with no more than two years of work experience quit their jobs without having a new one lined up. Photo: CNSA

    Why many young people resign without having a new job

    - Jun 3, 2019 11:53am
    Some people are able to work for a single company or agency throughout their entire career. Some people are able to switch from one job to another without any break. But times have obviously changed. So...
  • Kweichow Moutai shareholders were disappointed to learn that there would be no dinner at the company's annual general meeting. Photo: HKEJ

    No moutai at Kweichow Moutai AGM

    - May 29, 2019 11:25am
    Kweichow Moutai is a beloved company that produces the most prestigious brand of China’s national liquor, and it is not surprising that its annual general meeting is always a highly anticipated, well-attended affair. The number of registered...
  • Taikoo Li Sanlitun: favorite hunting ground for the paparazzi. Photo: Bloomberg

    That Oscars red carpet moment at Sanlitun

    - May 28, 2019 6:03pm
    These days, the pretty ladies who shop or work at Taikoo Li Sanlitun – Swire Properties’ fashionable shopping complex in the heart of Beijing’s Chaoyang District – must be vicariously feeling like Hollywood stars walking down the...
  • Taiwan is such a convivial place where homes are affordable, food is great, and same-sex marriage is legal. Photo: CNSA/AFP/Reuters

    Why more Hongkongers are moving to Taiwan

    - May 27, 2019 11:57am
    A growing number of Hongkongers are moving to Taiwan. According to the National Immigration Agency of Taiwan’s Ministry of the Interior, a total of 297 people from our city emigrated to Taiwan in the first quarter, up...
  • Bank of East Asia chairman and chief executive David Li is flanked by his sons Adrian (left) and Brian during an earnings results announcement in February. Photo: HKEJ

    Banker David Li is stepping down – but not retiring

    - May 23, 2019 11:30am
    Bank of East Asia (00023.HK) chairman David Li Kwok-po, the most senior banker in town, is stepping down from his day-to-day role after 38 years as its chief executive officer. But that doesn’t mean he is retiring....
  • Google's move turned a much sought-after smartphone into an inferior brand overnight. Photo: Reuters

    The Huawei I know

    - May 21, 2019 4:51pm
    Three weeks ago, I bought a new Huawei phone because I lost my iPhone. I really wanted to try out Huawei, which I had heard a lot of nice things about. I was happy with it...
  • More Hong Kong ladies are crossing the border to look for Mr. Right, and government planners are getting worried. Photo: HKEJ

    The new cross-border family

    - May 20, 2019 3:19pm
    Just because there are more women than men in Hong Kong doesn’t mean the fairer sex will get the short end of the stick when it comes to romance and marriage. No siree. Nowadays, local single...
  • Online and video game addiction is causing health problems, particularly eyesight-related issues, for China's young people, authorities say. Photo: Reuters

    Is Tencent to blame for vision problems of Chinese teens?

    - May 16, 2019 12:36pm
    Chinese social media and gaming giant Tencent released its latest financial report on Wednesday, unveiling a better-than-expected net profit growth of 17 percent for the three months to March. However, it was not all good news,...
  • Mindray Medical International, with a 174 billion yuan market cap, should learn its lesson on how to treat shareholders. Photo: Mindray/Facebook

    How not to deal with shareholders

    - May 15, 2019 1:03pm
    Shareholders’ meetings are cheerful occasions where company officials, normally aloof and unapproachable, go out of their way to please investors. They highlight the company’s achievements and sometimes play down less pleasant developments as they smile from...