Newsletter: HK Voters Snub Mainland

Dear Global Business Enthusiast,

Michael Michelini (@michelini) here. You’re getting this email because you requested my periodic thoughts on international business from Hong Kong.

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This week: HK voters defy Mainland, Amcham Fighting for HK bank changes, Tencent top dog and more.

I’m back in Shenzhen! Only an hour and a half delay at the airport coming back from Shanghai Tuesday night, not too bad (It is all about setting expectations).

Hong Kongers ‘thumb their noses at Beijing’ with pro-independence votes (CNN video)

The battle of banking in Hong Kong…

It’s like ‘a sledgehammer pounding a small nail’: Hong Kong officials urged to act on banks closing accounts in anti-fraud drive
American Chamber of Commerce voices concern over banks’ tough approach in quest to comply with money laundering and terror financing regulations

Yet meanwhile, in the UK – HSBC is starting to allow people to verify their bank with a selfie photo

Tencent Becomes China’s Largest Company by Value, overtaking : Chart 
You can also take a look at @SCMP_News’ Tweet
Via Andre Marting

And end the news with some fun stuff…
Hong Kong’s Fourth Meal Tradition Sounds Delicious

Global From Asia News

This week’s podcast we talk about selling in the EU. More and more pressure to collect VAT, no matter where you are based – Ivo Oltman shares with us his insights on non-EU companies selling to Europeans

So as promised, I blogged about my experience getting the China e-Channel with a foreign passport. Believe it is for those with a six month or longer residence permit – but already getting some comments and feedback, check it out.

Hong Kong Supercharged News

Free Trade Zones are all the rage – the workshop I hosted in Shanghai was well received. Discussing with a European Christmas tree seller about leveraging Chinese FTZ for the holiday rush in China.

Video of the Week


So I picked up my E-Estonia residency card in Shanghai. Starting a series of experiments on building up my life in Estonia, check it out.

Sent Sept 8, 2016

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American internet entrepreneur in China, Asia, and Hong Kong. Helping companies do business globally from Asia

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