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A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Hong Kong-Canada Business Association.
A talk about myths and realities: myths about Hong Kong, myths about China, myths about 1997, myths about the Swire Group and, perhaps, even myths about dragons. The rewards of living in the presence of a dragon. For Hong Kong, the rewards have been immense. China opening up to international trade and the role that Hong Kong has played. Economic growth and massive investment and the results in every region in China. Watching the volatile changes in China. The address continues with a tackling of myths outlined at the beginning, under the following headings: China--and the Asia-Pacific--as opportunity, not threat; Building China's economy: the international investor's role; Hong Kong's influence in Mainland China; Mainland Chinese influence in Hong Kong; The emergence of China's market economy; The Swire Group beyond 1997.