full-page ads in overseas newspapers to reassure investors that Hong Kong “remain[s] a safe, open, welcoming and cosmopolitan society and an internationally connected, vibrant and dynamic economy”.
If only the chief executive and her cabinet had made the right calls, and acted on them on time, the city wouldn’t have been left to implode. But there is no “if only”. There is only the devastating, if not irreparable, carnage left behind by an incompetent, stubborn and
arrogant chief executive. The damage is so deep and widespread that no one knows how long it will take for Hong Kong to bounce back again.