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Club News originated as a section of The Correspondent magazine. Its goal was, and still is, to keep all members across what’s happening in the social life of the FCC. Here, you will find updates on members’ milestones, Club outings or coverage of the latest FCC party. If you have any contributions: please send your ideas to editor@fcchk.org.

What the G20 means for US business in China

China is hoping to find a recipe to revive global economic growth when it hosts its first G20 summit this week, but challenges are mounting in the form of domestic problems and regional tensions, with this week’s suicide car bombing at the Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan only adding to them. And China is not taking any chances with the showpiece event – Hangzhou is in “virtual lockdown”. While the headlines will focus on the larger …

Legco: the way forward

Anson Chan knows of what she speaks as one of the very few people who have served as both an Official and Unofficial Lego members. Chan, who has been a regular speaker at the Club since the 90s when she was Chief Secretary before and after the handover, spoke about what to do with the troubled Legco and the importance of the Lego elections. “In the four years since the last Legislative Council elections, our …

Fortunes and War

Clare Hollingworth, the FCC’s very own legendary correspondent and renowned “Doyen of War Correspondents has come full circle, from making the news to being in the news. Last Sunday’s Post Magazine ( August 28, 2016) saw Clair featured on its front cover with a photo taken of Claire in full flight gear in the cockpit of a British fighter jet. Inside the magazine she was given a featured four-page spread, plus another double-page spread book …

Saturday Night Big Band Swing

It was a full house, on stage on off, in the Main Dining Room on Saturday night, August 20. The FCC’s very own Elaine Liu, photographer, bassist and jazz singer, was back with the Big Band sounds of the Happy-Go-Lucky Big Band. Punching out the immortal sounds and songs created by Duke Ellington and his Cotton Club Jazz Orchestra in the early 1930s in the legendary Harlem club of the same name, Elaine and the …

Clare and the refugees

The story of the FCC’s doyenne correspondent Clare Hollingworth’s great scoop of the outbreak of World War 11 in Poland in 1939 – during her first week as a journalist – is well known. However, what is less well known is “during the spring and summer that year Clare played an important part in rescuing around three thousand people from under the very noses of the Nazis”, according to Clare’s great-nephew, Patrick Garrett, in his …

Duterte leaves a bloody trail

The Philippines newly elected President Rodrigo Duterte, when he launched his controversial anti-crime crusade with offers of rewards for killing drug traffickers, also said – as we recently reported on this website – that corrupt journalists were legitimate targets of assassination. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: NIB-MALACANANG Duterte’s campaign pledge to end crime within six months seems to be well on track… with some 852 having been killed to date. Of those, 249 were killed …

Temporary kitchen and no Bert’s for two months

Through August and September the FCC’s main kitchen, buried deep in the bowels of 2 Lower Albert Road, will undergo a HK$6 million refit, with all major fittings and appliances ripped out and replaced with modern equipment. Led by Chef George, our kitchen staff has done heroic work in recent years to sustain the FCC’s high-quality food offerings, despite jerry-rigged equipment that has become threadbare and downright unreliable. The refit was conceived some years ago, …

China’s “Peripheral” Populations

Avid China-watcher and correspondent, Anurag Viswanath, spoke at the Club recently about the conditions and treatment of China’s wide variety of “peripheral” groups, and how what this says about contemporary China. China’s “peripheral” groups have many dimensions. These are geographical, as in the ethnic minorities in the far-corners of China like the Mongols and the Uyghurs, social, as in the migrants, rural poor and the LGBT community, and religious, as in the Hui Muslims of …

Rise and fall of nations

China is almost certain to face a crunch of some kind. No country, said Ruchir Sharma, Head of  Emerging Markets and Head Global Strategist at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, has “ever survived a debt binge of such a scale without suffering a severe economic slowdown…and China’s periodic attempts to perk up its economy are like watching “a ping-pong ball bouncing down stairs”. Sharma, who was speaking at an FCC lunch on July 5, shared this …

Filipino journalists to remain targets

Journalists in the Philippines, often targets for gunmen who are never prosecuted, ‘were not reassured by the new president Rodrigo Duterte’s comments at a press conference in response to a question about how his government would handle cases of media murders: “Just because you’re a journalist you are not exempted from assassination if you’re a son of a bitch.” Duterte, formerly the long-serving mayor of the southern city of Davao, also claimed that many killed …

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