June 22, 2017

Uber, Airbnb show Hong Kong’s inability to adapt to changing times and technology



Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor at night
Diego Delso [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

What the world saw since 1989 is a China whose government and people are sure about their direction – improving the economy and standard of living.

This is unlike Hong Kong, where successive administrations since 1997 failed to articulate and embody a collective purpose.

The arrests signal and symbolise what the Hong Kong government really thinks of technology: write all the apps you wish but do not undermine any of our monopolies. Or we will shut you down

Intellectually indolent and thoroughly compromised, the Hong Kong government demonstrated to the world how enfeebled its bureaucrats have become in the face of overpowering entrenched cartels.

Last week, Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said Uber must change its business model and run like existing taxi companies for a chance to be legalised.

“Some […]

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