21 February 2020

Ben Kwok

EJ Insight writer
  • Regina Ip, Albert Chen, Tung Chee-hwa and Rita Fan (left to right) have separately urged the students to end the protest at one time or another. Photo: HKEJ

    Protest 2.0: Is Chen a middleman in the making?

    - Nov 7, 2014 5:02pm
    It’s six weeks old and counting but the democracy protest has made little progress in all that time and still less since student leaders held a meeting with a government panel near the end of October....
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    Xiaomi: Rice cooker on China Dream Team

    - Nov 6, 2014 1:24pm
    Call it the China Dream Team — Alibaba, Tencent, Huawei and Lenovo. And add Xiaomi to the mix. Xiaomi is the mainland’s answer to smartphone giants Apple and Samsung. While Apple excels in style and innovation...
  • David Eldon (left) and Laura Cha (right) have separately made headlines with different comments for different reasons. Stuart Gulliver (middle) has been busy disavowing them. Photo: HKEJ

    Is there more to controversial comments by HSBC big guns?

    - Nov 4, 2014 4:28pm
    Gone are the days when HSBC, along with the Jockey Club, ruled Hong Kong, or so the saying goes. Still, the bank continues to wield considerable influence on Hong Kong affairs. So, when Laura Cha, a...
  • Chan King-cheung is usually the first name corporate people come up with when they need help at the Hong Kong Economic Journal. Photo: HKEJ

    KC Chan, you and your writing will be missed

    - Oct 31, 2014 3:12pm
    I do not know any detective who is more popular and friendly than Chan King-cheung over the past 20 years. Well, he is not exactly a detective, but that’s what everyone calls him, respectfully, for his...
  • Pony Ma (inset) is 43 and rich and couldn't be bothered by the potential impact of the Hong Kong protests on his business. Could he? Photos: HKEJ

    Young and rich: Pony Ma turns 43

    - Oct 29, 2014 12:55pm
    In this Year of the Horse (Ma, in Chinese), it’s easy to remember Jack Ma, who has been crowned China’s No. 1 tycoon, and forget another horse – Pony Ma. But for us today, Pony Ma...
  • Antony Leung (second from left), Tung Chee-hwa (center) and Elsie Leung (second from right) are shown in this 2001 file picture which shows how little things have changed in Hong Kong's political development. Photo: HKEJ

    Who wants to bring back Tung’s bad old days?

    - Oct 28, 2014 5:41pm
    One clear sign that Hong Kong’s political development has not progressed all that much in the past decade was the sight of the same group of politicians in the papers again recently. There was former chief...
  • Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto and Korean actress Lee Young-ae support Hong Kong's Occupy protests. Photos:,

    Forget Kenny G: there are artists more sincere with their words

    - Oct 24, 2014 3:52pm
    Who cares if Kenny G changed his tune on the Occupy campaign?  Hong Kong’s indefatigable protesters, who have been out on the streets for the 27th day on Friday, won’t suddenly dismantle their barricades and fold...
  • Steve Tappin, confidant and coach to some of the world's top CEOs, says Chinese company bosses should delegate more powers to trusted professionals. Photos:, BBC

    China CEOs should learn to ‘let go’: Steve Tappin

    - Oct 22, 2014 3:53pm
    Chinese CEOs should learn to delegate more responsibility to utilize the talents of the professionals in their companies better, said Steve Tappin, a management expert who specializes in coaching the bosses of many large international companies. Company...
  • If this sight makes you think the democracy protest is hurting Hong Kong, think again. Photo: AFP

    Protest review: A few of my favorite things

    - Oct 20, 2014 11:43am
    There is nothing more depressing than reading a commentary in a leading Hong Kong newspaper that reads, “The sun may rise, but there’s no hope for democracy”. The price of democracy is high. Ask any white...
  • Jicheng Umbrella has sought a listing at a time when the so-called Umbrella Movement is sweeping Hong Kong. Photos: HKEJ,

    Umbrella IPO is coming to town

    - Oct 17, 2014 12:29pm
    You better watch out. You better not cry. Better not pout. I’m telling you why. The Umbrella IPO is coming to town. Jicheng Umbrella Holdings, China’s top umbrella exporter, has just filed for an initial public...
  • Some observers have suggested that media personnel should be more proactive and deter the police from violent crowd control tactics. Photo: TVB

    Police beating: Could the media have stopped it?

    - Oct 16, 2014 2:19pm
    An email from an old acquaintance (who is now a corporate PR heavyweight) landed in my inbox this morning, bearing the following message:  Hi,  I very nearly called Commercial Radio just now but my years of...
  • Hongkongers aren't too happy that the government is using taxpayer money to suppress the pro-democracy campaign. Photos: Civic Party, AFP

    How to pay your government bills in disobedience era

    - Oct 15, 2014 4:01pm
    Who doesn’t get angry watching video footage of the police’s selective targeting early Wednesday of Civic Party members and other democracy lovers – pretty much the same group at which tear gas was hurled three weeks...
  • Chief Secretary Carrie Lam faces an umbrella protest while speaking at a ceremony marking Spain's national day. Photo: Victoria Wisniewski Otero at Twitter

    Students should go for foldable umbrellas

    - Oct 14, 2014 4:39pm
    By now, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and his dedicated officials must be allergic to umbrellas. Those pesky umbrellas are turning up everywhere they go — and it’s not even raining.  On Tuesday Chief Secretary Carrie Lam was confronted...
  • Beijing would not want APEC delegates to be caught in some of the world's worst traffic jams. Photo: Bloomberg

    Beijing students gear up for major event

    - Oct 13, 2014 2:33pm
    Twenty-five years ago, they shook the world with their historic democratic movement. But if you’re wondering what the youngsters of Beijing are preoccupied with these days, the answer is that they are preparing for another big...
  • The salesman's analogy about brand choices for smartphones is apt for Hong Kong's political situation. But iPhone 6 and Nokia? Seriously? Photos: Internet

    Why universal suffrage is more iPhone than Nokia

    - Oct 9, 2014 4:08pm
    As it turns out, more Hong Kong people rooted for the protesters than cheered iPhone 6. But that does not mean the much coveted device was out of sight or out of mind. After all, iPhone...
  • Pro-Beijing newspapers say the closure of Tanyoto hot pot restaurant is due to the Occupy campaign. Photo:  HKEJ,

    Winter is too late for Tanyoto hot pot restaurant

    - Oct 8, 2014 3:26pm
    Winter is too late for Tanyoto. The hot pot restaurant closed shop in Wan Chai yesterday with an unpaid tab: HK$700,000 in staff salaries. The Chinese restaurant chain famous for its Sichuan spicy fish head has...
  • Hong Kong parents find it quite difficult to get their kids into international schools. Photo: HKEJ

    Why Hong Kong finds it hard to recruit international talent

    - Oct 8, 2014 9:46am
    Parents have been scrambling to secure school places for their kids only to find that students have been on an extended summer holiday because of the pro-democracy protests. Ironic perhaps, but finding a suitable school for...
  • Canto pop singers Faye Wong and Nicholas Tse failed to make a huge profit on a Turtle Cove house they owned a decade ago. Photo: internet, Wen Wei Po

    Breaking up is hard and costly to do

    - Oct 7, 2014 3:08pm
    In Hong Kong, it pays to build in the price of property into the break-up costs when love ends. Take the interesting case of Canto pop diva Faye Wong, 45, and actor Nicholas Tse, 32, rekindling...
  • Lan Kwai Fong Group chairman Allan Zeman says the world is impressed with how peaceful the protest has been. Photo: HKEJ

    We can keep building on our can-do spirit

    - Oct 7, 2014 8:28am
    This month, I went to Tamar Park twice, and both times, I was deeply touched. I think many people would be touched by the student movement, which has become the focus of world attention. The movement...
  • Protesters sit on the road in front of a Chow Tai Fook shop. Some of its stores were packed last weekend. Photo: Bloomberg

    The overstated financial impact of Occupy Central

    - Oct 6, 2014 5:40pm
    Better ignore the financial headlines on Occupy Central these days because they are largely overstated. A certain economics professor estimated the pro-democracy demonstration could cost up to HK$700 billion (US$90 billion) as he figured a drop...