Prof. Kai Keung Mark is a retired
professor, Dept. of Biology, The Chinese University of Hong
Kong and Dept. Head and Principal Lecturer, Dept. of Science, Hong Kong
Institute of Education. He has three biotechnology patents. He uses his
understanding of high technology to forecast market movements . He has
published 13 articles in Financial Trend, and leading Hong Kong stock
analysis journal plus many other Mark's letters since 1987. His prediction
reliability rate reached 80%. He accurately predicted the October crash
(10/18/87), the bottom level of 1990(3/5/90), the peak level of 1994
(5/11/92), the peak level of 1997 (2/12/96), the peak level of 2,000
(8/22/99), the peak in March 2000 (2/20/2000), the bottom in September,
2001, the US bottom in 2003 (5/28/2003), the HK bottom in 2003 (6/13/2003),
the US peak in 2007 (11/14/2007), and the HK peak in 2007 (1/9/2008).
Hong Kong, A Victim Under Cross-fire
Hong Kong, A Victim Under Cross-fire
April 15, 2001
President Bush seems to be rebuilding US military power,
reversing what Clinton did in his past 8 years. To do that, he needs to create
an enemy target, and China is an obvious
On April 1, 2001, a US spy plane EP-3 collided with a Chinese fighter off the
coast of Hainan Island.The Chinese
fighter crashed into the sea and its pilot is still missing and presumed dead.
After 11 days of tough negotiation, US finally expressed “very sorry” to the
death of the Chinese pilot and for the landing of the EP-3 on Hainan Island
without verbal permission from the Chinese authorities (although the US crew
has a different version that May-Day calls were given 15 times). Based on this
‘apology’, interpreted differently by the two sides, the 24 crew members were
released by the Chinese side for humanitarian reasons, but the sensitive spy
plane and its sophisticated equipment have not been returned. Immediately after
the return of the crew members, the tone of the US administration was
toughened, pressing on canceling “Most Flavored Nation” status for China,
objection of China hosting 2008 Olympic and entry to WTO, increasing arm sales
to Taiwan including the sensitive Aegis, and other ‘human rights’ issues such
as Tiananmen Square, Falungong, Tibetan independence.
Judging from the Chinese reaction, this is unlikely to be
settled soon. However, the annual MFN issue is creeping up, and has to be
settled by May. During the Clinton administration, the US Senate majority was
against giving China the MFN status, but Clinton used his veto power to push it
through. The Senate being short of a 2/3 majority to over rule the president's
veto had to watch China continue the MFN status in the past 8 years. The
situation is a bit strange this time around. The ‘human rights’ active
Democrats and the hawkish Republicans together may win over the trade-sensitive
elements.If president Bush used MFN as
the bargaining chip for the return of the spy plane, this may further
jeopardize the relationship of the two countries. HSI could be the victim of
the power struggle and break the bottom of 13,000.
A strong sense of sudden political and economic changes is an important
requirement for international investment. One must constantly adjust to new
situations. Investors should be cautious that under the current circumstances,
the up side possibility for HSI is limited, but the down side risk is high.
The information above is
by the author specially for InTechTra's Hong Kong Stocks Report.
opinions in this special column is solely that of the author and
may not represent the views of Hong Kong Stocks Report. InTechTra
indemnified for any damage or loss that might be associated with
of the information.