25 February 2020

Gordon Wong

EJ Insight contributor
  • China’s economic slowdown seems to have more to do with lackluster demand than with deficient supply. Photo: Bloomberg

    China’s ‘new normal’ is hardly normal

    - Aug 24, 2015 5:25pm
    At the all-encompassing “two meetings” half a year ago, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced a lower GDP growth target of “around 7 per cent”, hailing it as “a new normal” for the Chinese economy. Even before...
  • Google Flu Trends uses big data to make helpful but not totally reliable predictions of the spread of flu. Photo:

    Big data, big promise?

    - Aug 10, 2015 11:34am
    The past is a foreign country. So is the future. And an integral part of the future is big data. Big data is defined by technology research firm Forrester Research as “techniques and technologies that make...
  • The government is afraid it will no longer have a say over passenger safety, pricing, taxation and quality of service. Photo: Reuters

    The real reason why most countries keep Uber out

    - Jul 27, 2015 11:39am
    Ride-sharing app Uber has caused an uproar among Hong Kong taxi drivers, creating an impression that our taxi drivers are stubbornly resistant to change. But the unease with Uber is a global phenomenon. The San Francisco-based...
  • As Greeks gather outside their parliament in Athens, a woman wears part of the flag of the European Union, which has displayed its democratic deficit in its handling of the Greek crisis. Photo: AFP

    The Greek bank run on EU democracy

    - Jul 13, 2015 10:12am
    Now the Greeks have said no to the bailout plan and five years of belt tightening. The fact that the Greek nation voted to reject Brussels reveals as much about European Union undemocracy as about Greek...
  • Japan's economy has been stagnating for years. Photo: Reuters

    No reason why the West should lose a decade

    - Jul 6, 2015 11:19am
    Has the West done away with the Great Recession? Some say no. To illustrate, real output in the West has not grown fast enough to reach its precrisis trend level. Worse still, the West might never...
  • The European Union and Greek flags fly near the Parthenon in Athens. The real issue is what has gone wrong with the European project. Photo: Bloomberg

    Time for Europe to rethink what it really wants

    - Jun 29, 2015 4:17pm
    A point of no return has been reached in the European continent when Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced a referendum on the creditors’ final bailout offer. Let us not be distracted by this roller-coaster ride...
  • A Syriza supporter carries the party's flag during a May Day march in Athens. The EU has itself to blame for the rise of Syriza. Photo: Bloomberg

    Greek crisis could be a once-in-a-lifetime chance for eurozone

    - Jun 22, 2015 9:52am
    The Greek crisis has reached a showdown stage. Eurozone heads of governments are meeting on Monday to decide Athens’ fate and that of the great European experiment. This could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all, if...
  • FIFA will continue to get away with misconduct until football fans worldwide show their disgust by turning off the TV. Photo: FIFA

    Who can rein in powerful, footloose FIFA?

    - Jun 15, 2015 12:40pm
    FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, is now a center of power standing next to nation-states. On football matters, it wields omnipotent authority. The globe is not large enough for a second FIFA. Therefore, in deciding which...
  • The American- led world order relies heavily on institutions such as the International Monetary Fund. The IMF concept, however, is increasingly being challenged. Photo: CNBC

    Why China-led AIIB is a serious challenge to US-led order

    - Jun 8, 2015 1:05pm
    The great game between China and America entered a meaningful stage, albeit in a messy way, after Britain, France, Australia and South Korea defied lobbying by the United States and decided to join Beijing’s nascent Asian...