HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) - Carrie Lam’s government could squander Hong Kong’s privileged position in the eyes of foreign governments. A bill that would allow extradition to the mainland prompted hundreds of thousands to protest on Sunday. If the chief executive ignores the message, Washington, Brussels and others may reconsider their relationship with the territory. That would hurt both Hong Kong and China.
HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) - The territory's government, under pressure from Beijing, is trying to ram through a rule change that would allow suspects to be transferred to mainland courts. Foreign executives have cause to be worried. Plus: Steve Bannon wants to ban Chinese IPOs from New York.
HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) - Macau’s plan to mimic Las Vegas is getting a reality check. Millions of Chinese visitors have swarmed the tiny territory since the opening of a new bridge connecting it to the mainland. Yet authorities don’t seem to know what to do with them, and are mulling a tourist tax to slow the flows. The city’s economic diversification strategy is due a rethink.
HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) - Subsidies are speeding up a turnaround at BYD. The electric-vehicle maker reported a stupendous 632 percent increase in first-quarter net profit. It will be tricky to pull off a similar manoeuvre next time, as government grants helped to buoy the bottom line to 750 million yuan ($111 million). But investors nonetheless have cause for cautious celebration.
HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) - Crown Resorts could become a handy Plan B. James Packer’s $6.4 billion Australian casino empire is effectively up for sale after Wynn Resorts broke off talks this week when details of its offer spilled into the open. The would-be target’s shares are trading higher than they were before bid news surfaced. Any operators that fail to win a licence in Japan may yet train their sights Down Under.
HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) - Wynn Resorts wants a new beginning Down Under. The casino giant is looking to buy Australia’s Crown Resorts for A$10 billion ($7.1 billion). Both companies are on the rebound after breaking up with billionaire bosses last year, but Wynn may be rushing into this relationship. The hefty 26 percent premium on offer stakes way too much on the return of big spenders.
HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) - Hong Kong is home to an unlikely champion of gender equality. Even as more disappointing statistics about corporate diversity roll in this International Women’s Day, the venerable Hang Seng Bank can stand proud. Its shares have outperformed under three consecutive female chief executives and a cohort of female directors. A no-nonsense approach sets a strong example for companies everywhere.
HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) - Automaker Nio is on a roll, delivering more than 11,000 units in its first year of sales. Tesla’s Chinese rival benefits from government subsidies, and from drivers’ enthusiasm for premium electric cars. But other up-and-coming brands are hurrying new models to market this year, putting Nio to the test.
HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) - Investors in the stricken solar giant Hanergy Thin Film Power, whose Hong Kong shares were suspended almost four years ago, have been offered a false hope. A company proposal on Tuesday looks at first glance like a creative way to evade near-certain delisting. Shareholders can swap untradeable Hanergy stock for stakes in a special purpose vehicle, intended to facilitate a new listing in China. That could give backers a chance to recover at least part of their investment. Unfortunately that’s highly unlikely.
HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) - A joint venture with Toyota should help recharge Panasonic’s battery business. The deal unveiled on Tuesday involves pooling resources at factories in Japan and China by the end of 2020. It represents a technological step forward for the $200 billion automaker, whilst reducing Panasonic’s dependence on Tesla.