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Dr. Simon X. Zhao 趙曉斌 副教授

BSc Zhongshan; MSc Academia Sinica; PhD Manc
Associate Professor

Office: 1037
Office: +852 3917-2838
Email: sxzhao@hkucc.hku.hk
Website: 
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Research Interests
  • Urban & Regional Studies and Planning, Economic and Urban Geography
  • Global and Chinese Financial Centres Development and Geography of Trade and Finance
  • FDI and MNC, WTO and China’s Spatial Transformation
  • Hong Kong and PRD Economic Integration and Industrial Transformation
Selected Publications
Chapter in edited books

Zhao, X.B. and John D. (2017) “Growth Theory”, in D. Richardson, N. Castree, M. F. Goodchild, A. L. Kobayashi, W. Liu, & R. A. Marston (Eds.) The Wiley-AAG International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology, USA: John Wiley & Sons; AAG (American Association of Geography).

Zhao, X.B. and Kim N. (2017) “Shadow Banking and Informal Finance System”, in D. Richardson, N. Castree, M. F. Goodchild, A. L. Kobayashi, W. Liu, & R. A. Marston (Eds.) The Wiley-AAG International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology, USA: John Wiley & Sons; AAG (American Association of Geography).

Zhao, X.B. (forthcoming 2015) “Growth Theory”, invited and accepted to submit entry to The Wiley-AAG International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology. AAG (American Association of Geography), USA: Wiley.

Zhao, X.B. (forthcoming 2015) “Mainstream and Shadow Banking”, invited to submit entry to The Wiley-AAG International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology. AAG (American Association of Geography), USA: Wiley.

Arner, D., Donald, D., Goo, S., Hu, R., Lin, C., Michael, B., Song, F., Tong, W., Xu, C., Wojcik, D. and Zhao, S. (2014) Assessing Hong Kong as an International Financial Centre, First Report of the Hong Kong Research Grants Council Theme-based Research Scheme Project: Enhancing Hong Kong’s Future as a Leading International Financial Centre (available at: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2427609).

Zhao, X.B., Zhang, L. and Smith, C. (2011) “China’s emerging financial centers: Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong”, by Gipouloux F. (ed) Gateways to Globalisation, Cheltenham UK and MA USA: Edward Elgar.
Publications in refereed journals

Zhao, X.B., Guo, S., Li, C. L. K. and Smith, C. (2017) “Megacities, the World Largest Cities Unleashed: Major Trends and Dynamics in Contemporary Global Urban Development”, World Development, 98, 257-289 (ScienceDirect: New York). (60%, The 4* ISI Citation 2016 Impact Factor 2.84, ranked 32/347 in Economics).

Wójcik, D., MacDonald-Korth, D. and Zhao, X.B. (2017) “The Political–Economic Geography of Foreign Exchange Trading”, Journal of Economic Geography, 17:2, 267-286(Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK). (40%, The 4* ISI Citation Journal 2016 Impact Factor 3.65, ranked 5/79 in Geography, and used to be the top 1).

Zhao, X.B., Ching, L., He, Y. and Chan, N.Y.M. (2017) “Playing Games and Concepts: Beijing Olympics and China Urban Development Model”, Journal of Contemporary China, 26:105, 465-487 (Routledge: London; New York). (50%, The 4* ISI Journal Citation 2016 Impact Factor 1.35, ranked 5/69 in Area Studies; ranked 2nd in the 2017 Top Publications metrics, the Asian Studies & History category).

Pan, F., Bi, W., Lenzer, J. and Zhao, X.B. (2017) “Mapping urban networks through inter-firm service relationships: the case of China”, Urban Studies, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098016685511 (Carfax: London). (30%, The 4* ISI Citation 2016 Journal Impact Factor 2.36, ranked 3/38 in Urban Studies).

Zhao, X.B., Zhan, H., Jiang, Y. and Pan, W. (2017) “How Big Is China’s Real Estate Bubble and Why Hasn’t It Burst Yet?”, Land Use Policy, 66, 153-162 (ScienceDirect: New York). (60%, The 3* ISI Citation Journal 2016 Impact Factor 3.08, ranked 15/105 in Environmental Studies).

Michael, B. and Zhao, X.B. (2016) “What does Hong Kong’s Increasing Integration with the Mainland Teach Us about the Law of Financial Integration?” accepted by Journal of International Economic Law (Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK). (50%, The 3* ISI Citation 2016 Impact Factor 1.22, ranked 47/147 in Law).

Pan, F., Zhao, X.B. and Wojcik, D. (2016) “The rise of venture capital centers in China: a spatial and network analysis”, Geoforum, 75, 148-158 (Pergamon Press: Oxford; New York). (40%, ISI Citation 2016 Impact Factor 2.07, ranked 24/79 in Geography, No. of Citation: 1 from Google Scholar).

Zhao, X.B. (2013) “Information Exchange, Headquarters Economy and Financial Centers Development: Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong”Journal of Contemporary China, 22:84, 1006-1027 (Routledge: London; New York). (100%, ISI Citation 2016 Impact Factor 1.35, ranked 5/69 in Area Studies, No. of Citation: 13 from Google Scholar).

Zhao X.B., Lao, Q.H. and Chan, Y.M. (2013) “The Rise of China and Development of Financial Centres in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen”, Journal of Globalization Studies, 4:1, 32-62 (Uchitel Publishing House: Volgograd, Russia). (No. of Citation: 3 from Google Scholar).

Zhao, X.B., Chan, R.C.K. and Chan, Y.M. (2012) “Spatial Polarization and Sectoral Distribution of Foreign Direct Investment in China 1990-2009”, Geoforum, 43:4, 836-850 (Pergamon: Great Britain). (70%, ISI Citation 2012 Impact Factor 2.42, ranked 8/72 in Geography).

Chan, T.W. and Zhao, X.B. (2012) “Producer Services Industries in Hong Kong and Shenzhen: Struggling for Integration”, Asian Pacific Viewpoint, 53:1, 69-84. (Oxford, U.K.: Wiley-Blackwell). (60%, ISI Citation 2012 Impact Factor 0.78, ranked 13/65 in Area Studies).

Zhao, X.B., Chan, Y.M. and Ramón-Berjano, C.B. (2012) “Structural changes and polarizing development of HK industries under the One Country, Two Systems framework”, Chinese Geographical Sciences, 22:3, 302-318 (Springer: New York). (70%, ISI Journal, SCI 2012 impact factor 0.50).

Lenzer, J.H. and Zhao, X.B. (2012) “The US Sub-prime Mortgage Crisis: a Painful Lesson from a Geography of Finance Perspective”, Chinese Geographical Sciences, 22:3, 343-355 (Springer: New York). (60%, ISI Journal, SCI 2012 impact factor 0.50).

Lee, K.S. and Zhao, X.B. (2012) “Command and Control Cities in the Global Space-Economy before and after the 2008 Geo-economic Transition”, Chinese Geographical Sciences, 22:3, 334-342(Springer: New York). (60%, ISI Journal, SCI 2012 Impact Factor 0.50).

Wang, T., Zhao, X.B., Gu, F.F. and Chen, W.Y. (2011) “Power or Market? Location Determinants of Multinational Headquarters in China”, Environment and Planning A, 43:10, 2364-2383 (Pion: London). (40%, ISI Citation 2012 Impact Factor 1.63, ranked 22/72 in Geography).

Wang, D. Zhang, L. Zhang Z. and Zhao, X.B. (2011) “Urban infrastructure financing in reform-era China”, Urban Studies, 48:14, 2975-2998 (Carfax: London). (30%, ISI Citation 2012 Impact Factor 1.49, ranked 9/37 in Urban Studies).

Ramón-Berjano, C.B., Zhao, X.B. and Chan, Y.M. (2011) “Regional Development within the One Country Two Systems: Hong Kong’s Transformation into a Service Hub”, Asian Survey, 51:4, 584-609 (Sage: London). (50%, ISI Citation 2012 Impact Factor 0.47, ranked 27/65 in Area Studies).

Publications in policy or professional journals

Chan, Y.M. and Zhao, X.B. (2016) “China's economic “New Normal” era and the prospect of Hong Kong’s industries (中國經濟發展新形勢與香港產業前景)” in Chinese, Bauhinia Tribune (紫荊論壇), 26, 2-9.

Chan, Y.M. and Zhao, X.B. (2015) “Development of the small economies in the proximity of big country and the implications to Hong Kong’s competitiveness (比鄰大國小型經濟體發展與香港競爭力)” in Chinese, Bauhinia Tribune (紫荊論壇), 22, 4-11.

Michael, B., Zhao, X.B. and Wojcik, D. (2014) “Op-ed: China's solar energy can thrive - with the right financing”, China Economic Review, 2014:10 (available at http://www.chinaeconomicreview.com/solar-securitization).

Chan, Y.M. and Zhao, X.B. (2014) “The patterns of the global commodities trade and implications to the prospects of Hong Kong’s manufacturing industry (全球商品貿易格局及對香港製造業前景的啟示)” in Chinese, Bauhinia Tribune (紫荊論壇), 18, 75-84.

Chan, Y.M. and Zhao, X.B. (2014) “New role of Hong Kong: developing international travel hub serving for the Mainland’s market (香港新角色:服務內地的國際旅遊樞紐)” in Chinese, Bauhinia Tribune (紫荊論壇), 15, 16-24. Zhao, X. B. and Chan, Y.M. (2013) “The difficulties of economic transformation in Hong Kong towards cognitive economy (香港轉型知識經濟的困局)” in Chinese, Bauhinia Tribune (紫荊論壇), 10, 7-17.

Zhao, X. B. and Chan, Y.M. (2012) “The contribution and cost of Individual Visit Scheme and its threats and opportunities to Hong Kong (「自由行」的貢獻和成本與香港發展的機遇和挑戰)” in Chinese, Bauhinia Tribune (紫荊論壇), 8, 45-52.

Zhao, X. B. and Chan, Y.M. (2012) “Structural changes of Hong Kong industries under the One Country, Two Systems and Propositions to the new-term Government (香港產業結構的轉變與「一國兩制」及對新一屆政府的建議)” in Chinese, Bauhinia Tribune (紫荊論壇), 6, 41-51.

Zhao, X. B. and Chan, Y.M. (2012) “The rise and fall of International Financial Centers and its implication to Hong Kong and China (國際金融中心的興衰與啟示)” in Chinese, Bauhinia Tribune (紫荊論壇), 4, 2-12.

Zhao, X. B. and Chan, Y.M. (2012) “Direction of China’s economic transformation: reference from the world experience (世界經驗與中國經濟轉型的路向)” in Chinese, Bauhinia Tribune (紫荊論壇), 3, 22-39.

Zhao, X. B. and Chan, Y.M. (2011) “China’s urbanization and Hong Kong’s role in the national 12th Five-Year Plan (「十二五」中國城市化新路向及香港的角色)” in Chinese, Bauhinia Tribune (紫荊論壇), 2, 2-9.

Zhao, X. B. and Chan, Y.M. (2011) “Development of Qianhai Modern Service Industry Zone and its opportunity to Hong Kong (發展前海現代服務業合作區與香港的機遇及思考)” in Chinese, Bauhinia Tribune (紫荊論壇), 1, 8-13.

Recent achievements, awards, prizes, funding etc.

2014

Awardee of Lincoln Institute China Program International Fellowship 2014-2015, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (US/MIT based), for study on “Land/Real Estate Development and Financial Crisis: A Comparative Study between China and World Major Experiences 1980-2013” with an award of US$31,000.

2013

HK$1,500,000 + HK$1,500,000 (faculty matching fund), Deputy Convenor, HKU Strategic Research Areas and Themes China Business and Economics, awarded by the University Research Committee (URC).

2013

One PDF position, 30th Round PDF/RAP Scheme, awarded by the University Research Committee (URC), PI.

2013

RMB¥480,000 Strategic Planning for Zhuhai Hengqin Special Economic Zone Financial Sub-centre and Service Industries; Co-PI, awarded by Zhuhai Municipal Government.

2012

HK$15,000,000 –the second round of Theme-based Research Scheme funded by the Research Grants Committee (RGC) and the Government of HKSAR
Functioned as Deputy Project Coordinator (DPC) and the core Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PI), (Founder and the Project Coordinator of the same research team in the first round) for the project Enhancing Hong Kong’s Future as a Leading International Financial Centre (T31-7l7/12-R)

2012

RMB¥800,000 – from the National Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
Functioned as the Co-Investigator for the project (led by Prof. George Lin) The redevelopment of state-owned enterprise occupied land and urban spatial restructuring: A comparative study of Beijing, Shenyang and Guangzhou (41271147/D010021).

2012

HK$250,000, Co-Principal Investigator & PC (Project Coordinator), HKU Seed Funding for Proposals for Theme-based Research Scheme, “Enhancing Hong Kong’s Future as a Leading International Financial Centre”, which reached to finalist stage for final interview in Theme-based Research Scheme (first round)

2012

HK$150,000, Principal Investigator, 4th round of Stanley Ho Alumni Challenge (SHAC) Matched Fund, "Survey on High-end and Producer Service Activities and Sectors in Pearl River Delta Centre" (208040017).

2011

HK$100,000 – from The University of Hong Kong Seed Funding Programme for Applied Research. Was Principal Investigator for the project Enhancing Hong Kong’s Competitiveness – Development and Construction of a New Global City Power Index (201102160031).

Invitation to give a keynote speech at a conference/ academic event
Sept 2017 Invited as key member to participate Cambridge Workshop - 'Emerging Geographies of Transnational Monetary Power" in Cambridge Univ. 17-18 Sept, 2017, which aims to bring researchers in International Political Economy (IPE) and Financial Geography (FG) to find new/future research direction and to bid ESRC Future Research Grant in UK.
May 2017 Invited keynote presentation of research paper entitled "Megacities, the World Largest Cities Unleashed: Major Trends and Dynamics in Contemporary Global Urban Development" published in World Development at 5th International Conference on Advances in Social Science, Management and Human Behaviour – SMHB'17 in Rome, Italy, 27-28 May.
Mar 2017 Invited presentation on "Belt and Road Initiative and China's global direct investment strategies" organized by Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences, in Kunming on 4 March 2017.
Jan 2017 Invited presentation on "Beijing Olympics and China's mega-event urbanization model with preliminary comparison to India" organized by the World Bank and Indian Economic Association at the WB's Indian Head Office in New Delhi on 9 January 2017.
Nov 2016 Invited keynote presentation on "Gauging the growth and decline of international financial centers over recent decades: Big trends and big factors" at the 15th conference of Industrial Clusters and Regional Development, jointlyorganized China Coordination Group for Research on Industrial Cluster and Zhejiang University, in Hangzhou, China, 19-20 November 2016.
Aug 2016 Invited presentation on "How Big is Chinese's Real Estate Bubble and Why Hasn't It Yet Burst: A Comparative Study between China and World Major Financial Crises 1980-2014" and invited panellist for the specialist session of "Placing Finance in Urban and Regional Development" sponsored by The FinGeo at the 33rd International Geographical Congress (IGC), organized by the International Geographical Union, in Beijing, China, on 21-25 August 2016.
Jun 2016 Paper presentation on "Where Does the Role of Chinese Government in Land Development Stand in a Global Context: An International Comparative Study" at Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG) - Annual Conference 2016, organized by IAG and Flinders University, in Adelaide, Australia.
May 2016 Plenary presentation on "How Big is Chinese's Real Estate Bubble and Why hasn't it yet Burst: A Comparative Study Between China and World Major Financial Crises 1980-2014" at International Symposium on Land Policy and Housing Market, jointly organized and sponsored by the HKU SRT (China Business and Economics, and Contemporary China), Peking University – Lincoln Institute Center for Urban Development and Land Policy, Centre of Urban Studies and Planning and the ICCDS, held at the University of Hong Kong, 16-17 May 2016.
Sept 2015 Invited presentation on "Interflow and interaction of financial and economic activities among Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Macau" at the regional forum "Strategic Thinking from a Hong Kong-Macau Perspective on Shenzhen's 13th five-year plan", organized by the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC, Shenzhen) Hong Kong and Macau Members Association, held at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 23 September, 2015. Mr Xu Qin, Mayor of Shenzhen, delivered a concluding speech at the end of the forum.
Aug 2015 Presented paper on "Gauging and Understanding the Growth and Decline of Global Financial Centers over Past Decades: Big Trend and Big Factors", and invited panellist for the session of "Launch of the Global Network on Financial Geography" at the Fourth Global Conference on Economic Geography 2015, jointly organized and sponsored by the School of Geography and the Environment at University of Oxford, and RGC TRS Project, held at University of Oxford from 19 to 23 August 2015, in Oxford, UK.
Jun 2015 Invited presentation on "Calm Before the Storm: The Future of China's Financial Institutions and Navigating Hong Kong's Challenges Ahead" at 7th International IFABS Conference Hangzhou 2015, organized by the International Finance and Banking Society (IFABS), and Zhejiang University, in Hangzhou, China.
Mar 2015 Switzerland-Hong Kong Joint Workshop and Public Forum on Economic Geography and Urban Development, jointly organized by the HKU SRT & RGC TRS Project, University of Neuchâtel Group of Research in Territorial Economy, and International Centre for China Development Studies, HKU, held at HKU 24th March 2015, in which have given a presentation on “Gauging and Understanding the Growth and Decline, and Ups and Downs of Global Financial Centers over the Past Decades/Century: A Multi-disciplinary approach” (see the Joint Workshop & Public Forum website: http://web.hku.hk/~iccds/ICCDS_pop.html.
Dec 2014 Invited keynote speak at Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao International Financial Forum 2014, “New Regional Financial Centers and the Liberalization of Service Trading”, jointly organized by Phoenix Satellite Television Holdings and Heung Hong Financial Holdings, in Qianhai Shenzhen, China.
Sept 2014 Invited keynote presentation “Prospect of Processing Trade in the World, East Asia and China, and its implication to Nanning” at the 1st Guangxi-Hong Kong Cooperation Forum and 11th China-ASEAN Expo, organized by Guangxi Autonomous Region Government, in Nanning, Guangxi.
Jul 2014 Invited by Mori Memorial Foundation to visit and provide consultancy talk on “Future of Prime World City and the Strategic Planning for Beijing Capital Region” in Roppongi Hills, Headquarter of Mori Building Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan.
May 2014 Invited presentation on “The Future of Prime World Cities and Implication to China’s New Round of Urbanization Strategy” at the Shanghai Forum 2014“Population and Urbanization”, hosted by Fudan University, in Shanghai, China.
Mar 2014 Invited by the Department of Sociology at National Chengchi University, Taiwan to provide public lecture on “Future of Prime World City and the Strategic Planning for Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Capital Region” and seminar for postgraduate students on “Global and China Development Overview 2012: QE, carry trade and China model of urbanization, land and financial development”, in Taipei.
Nov 2013 Invited by the School of Economics and Management at Tianjin Chenjian University to provide public lecture on “Beijing-Hebei Capital Mega-city Region Strategic Planning: trends, considerations and policy choices”, in Tianjin.
Nov 2013 Invited keynote speak at China Regional Economic & Growing Enterprises Forum, “Factors Critical to Design of China’s urbanization: land system reforms and financial facilitation and support”, jointly organized by School of Economics, and Centre for Financial Innovation and Development, Peking University, in Beijing, China.
Sept 2013 Invited by Jiangmen Municipal Government to provide keynote presentation on “New opportunities for second-time industrial upgrading and transfer in Pearl River Delta” at Seminar on the Development of Greater Guanghai Bay, jointly organized by the Jiangmen Municipal Government and Guangdong Urban & Rural Planning And Design Institute, Jiangmen, China.
Sept 2013 Keynote speaker at the Symposium on Regional Population and Development in China, “Myths of China’s new urbanization”, jointly organized by Fudan University, Shanghai Population Association, Shanghai.
April 2013 Presented paper on “Global off-shore centres and impacts to Asian service centre development: A Comparative Study of Hong Kong’s Offshore Banking and Re-Exportation Industries” in International Workshop on creating and capturing value in the next wave of globalization: experiences in (offshore) services production from India, East Asia and Southeast Asia, 25-26 April 2013, Bangkok
Dec 2012 Invited by Ministry of Sports of Brazilian Government to present a talk on "Beijing Olympics – Impact on Economic and Urban Development" at the International Workshop "The BRICS and Sports Mega-Events" organized by BRICS Policy Center, in 7th-9th Dec 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Dec 2011 Keynote speech on “Strategic Planning for Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Capital Region Development” at the Inaugural Ceremony and Symposium of the Research Institute of Issue of Social Management in Contemporary China, Nankai University, Tianjin.
Dec 2011 Invited to speak at seminar on “Prime World Cities and Strategic Planning Issues for Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Capital Region Development” at Tianjin Urban Planning & Design Institute, Tianjin.
Oct 2011 Invited to speak at seminar on “The Future of Prime World Cities and Strategic Planning Issues for Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Capital Region Development” at China Academy of Urban Planning & Design, Beijing. This was especially for officials and planners from Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei Province governments.
Jun 2011 Project Coordinator for the proposal on “Enhancing Hong Kong’s Future as a Leading International Financial Centre (IFC).” The proposal was selected for the Final Selection Interview under the Theme-based Research Scheme (First Round), by the Research Grants Committee, Hong Kong.
Apr 2011 Delivered concluding remarks at Public Forum on China's Spatial Strategic Planning and Development in the National 12th Five-year Plan, jointly organized by International Centre for China Development Studies, HKU Strategic Research Area on China Studies Program, Department of Geography, at the University of Hong Kong.
Apr 2011 Invited for presentation on “Competitions of Global Financial Centres: Determinants and the Rise of Financial Centres in China and Hong Kong” at China Studies Research Seminar Series, organized by the HKU Strategic Research Theme, at the University of Hong Kong.
Jan 2011 Invited for presentation on “The Prospect and Opportunity of Qianhai Modern Service Industries Cooperation Zone for Hong Kong” at Qianhai Development Forum, jointly organized by the Shenzhen Special Zone Daily and Hong Kong Commercial Daily, in Hong Kong.
New position
2017 - present Member, Editorial Board of Journal Contemporary China(ISI SSCI journal)Routledge: London; New York, USA
2015 Member, Advisory Board for the Fourth Global Conference on Economic Geography 2015 at University of Oxford, UK (Top Global Conference on Economic Geography).
2013 – present Member, Editorial Board of Bulletin of Geography: Socio-economic SeriesNicolaus Copernicus University, Poland
2011 – present Member, Editorial Board of Chinese Geographical Science (ISI SCI journal), Chinese Academy of Science, China
2010 – present Member, Editorial Board of World Regional Studies (in Chinese), China Northeast China Normal University, Shanghai
2011 – present Member, Editorial Board of Bauhinia Forum Journal (in Chinese), Hong Kong
Newly appointed Honorary position

2009 – 2013

Honorary Professor, Peking University, Beijing

2009 - 2013

Honorary Professor, East China Normal University, Shanghai

Outside consultancy

Consulting research report

Financial Services Development Council, Hong Kong. (2015) "Developing Hong Kong's Human Capital in Financial Services". (Dr. Zhao chaired ICCDS's research team to support to the FSDC’s consultation sessions and undertake questionnaire surveys with financial industry organizations). http://www.fsdc.org.hk/en/events/past/media_briefing_on_developing_hong_kong_human_capital_in_financial_services

Arner, D., Donald, D., Goo, S., Hu, R., Lin, C., Michael, B., Song, F., Tong, W., Xu, C., Wojcik, D. and Zhao, X.B. (2014) Assessing Hong Kong as an International Financial Centre, First Report of the Hong Kong Research Grants Council Theme-based Research Scheme Project (and also submitted to Financial Services Development Council of HKSAR Government): Enhancing Hong Kong’s Future as a Leading International Financial Centre (near 300 pages, available at: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2427609).

Zhao, X.B. and Song, M.F. (2014) Strategic Development Planning for Zhuhai – Hengqin: Financial Industry and Financial Sub-centre Development Report, Project hosted by Zhuhai-Hengqin Municipal Government.

Zhao, X.B. (2013) Strategic Development Planning for Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei National Capital Region Development,  Planning Project hosted by Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei provincial and municipal governments, and China Academy of Urban Planning and Design.

Zhao, X.B. et al. (2011) Strategic Development Report of Sino-Russian Cross-Border Trade and Urban Regional Economic Development in Heihe, Northeast China, for Heihe municipal government, Heilongjiang, China.

Media interviews
  1. Zhao, X.B. (2013) “The key to new urbanization layout in China: the Governments should withdraw from monopoly of land market supply (中國政府應退出壟斷經營土地市場——中國新城鎮化設計關鍵)” in Chinese, Mingpao Daily (明報), A36, 觀點, 14/11/2013.
  2. Zhao, X.B. (2013) “China’s macro-economic cycles and possibility for financial hard landings”, interviewed and aired on August 21st, 2013 by Swedish Radio: http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=83&artikel=5622691
  3. Zhao, X.B. (2013) “China’s population bonus and manufacturing competitiveness”, interviewed and aired on Feb 2, 2013 by Asia Biz Forecast, NHK World (Japanese National TV): http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/tv/asiabiz/latest.html
  4. Zhao, X.B. (2013) “PRD labour cost and manufacturing returning to HK”, interviewed and aired by 上海第一財經電視 on August3, 2013: www.yicai.com/video
  5. Zhao, X.B. (2013) “Urbanisation in China” interviewed and aired by China Radio International: http://english.cri.cn/7146/2013/08/01/3381s779379.htm
  6. Zhao, X. B. (2011) “Jointly Development of Qianhai for Hong Kong and Shenzhen’s future (挺進前海 共建未來)” in Chinese, Mingpao Daily (明報), 7/6/2011.
  7. Zhao, X.B. (2011) “The Development of Qianhai would not menace to the merits of Hong Kong’s Central (发展前海不会威胁中环价值)” in Chinese, Shenzhen Special Zone Daily (深圳特區報), 25/1/2011.

News and interviews (in Chinese) sorted out with the keyword “趙曉斌” from the Wisers platform since 01/Jan/2011.
"香江落子前海橫琴南沙", New Express Daily, B14, 09/Jan/15.
"香江金融中心國際展示廳啓幕將成前海率先交付項目", Southern Metropolis Daily(Shenzhen), AIII08, 26/Dec/14.
"前海金融地標創新資本模式", Shenzhen Special Zone Daily, D08, 26/Dec/14.
"香江金融發佈亞太金融生態圈戰略", Daily Sunshine, A24, 26/Dec/14.
"粵港澳金融論壇在前海舉行", China Economic Times, 07, 26/Dec/14.
"粵自貿區拱衛香港金融中心", Hong Kong Commercial Daily, A18, 25/Dec/14.
"粵港澳金融論壇在前海舉行", Shenzhen Economic Daily, A06, 25/Dec/14.
"桂港澳粵攜手東盟 探索加工貿易廣西模式", Hong Kong Commercial Daily, A03, 19/Sep/14.
"首屆桂港合作論壇在邕舉辦 把脈桂港合作決勝江海戰略", Hong Kong Commercial Daily, A01, 19/Sep/14.
"江海新戰略桂港新機遇 首屆桂港合作論壇18日南寧開講", Hong Kong Commercial Daily, A12, 16/Sep/14.
"桂港合作論壇開啟智慧盛宴", Hong Kong Commercial Daily, A08, 10/Sep/14.
"不斷升溫的民生情懷", Hong Kong Commercial Daily, A04, 28/Mar/14.
"商報分類", Shenzhen Economic Daily, B06, 19/Mar/14.
"李克強:香港“近水樓台可以先得月”", Lianhe Zaobao (Singapore), 26, 14/Mar/14.
"香港VS內地:“爭食蛋糕”還是“做大個餅”", Shenzhen Special Zone Daily, 特A01, 12/Mar/14.
"香港內地化 現實OR臆想?", Hong Kong Commercial Daily, A12, 08/Jan/14.
"專家:可建港澳市民居住區", Ta Kung Pao, A11, 02/Jan/14.
"大廣海灣經濟區藍圖繪就 總規獲批,總面積3240平方公里,將打造濱海魅力長廊", Southern Metropolis Daily(Jiangmen), AII02, 02/Jan/14.
"粵港澳自貿區重在制度創新 市場更開放令港受益", Hong Kong Commercial Daily, A19, 25/Dec/13.
"港大研LED街燈內地採用", Ta Kung Pao, B16, 06/Dec/13.
"併購公會辦橫琴論壇", Hong Kong Commercial Daily, A24, 29/Nov/13.
"學好通識﹕歸納多種觀點", Ming Pao Daily News (Toronto), 港聞, 21/Nov/13.
"學好通識﹕歸納多種觀點", Ming Pao Daily News (Vancouver), 港聞, 21/Nov/13.
"中國政府應退出壟斷經營土地市場——中國新城鎮化設計關鍵", Ming Pao Daily News, A36, 14/Nov/13.
"聲音", People's Daily Overseas Edition, 02, 14/Oct/13.
"政府應退出壟斷經營土地一級市場", 21st Century Business Herald, 06, 01/Oct/13.
"大廣海灣經濟區規劃劍指粵港澳自由貿易區 囊括新會、台山、恩平沿海3240平方公里...", Southern Metropolis Daily(Jiangmen), AII02, 24/Sep/13.
"紫荊論壇探討港經濟轉型 學者倡人行調控兩地金融往來", Ta Kung Pao, A14, 06/Jul/13.
"港專家:國際評級體系應邁向多元化局面", China News Service, , 24/Jun/13.
"港創新力須急起直追", Hong Kong Commercial Daily, A01, 31/May/13.
"港全球競爭力跌至第三官員:因經濟放緩 學者:須創新轉型", Macao Daily News, E03, 31/May/13.
"港全球競爭力跌至第3位 專家稱創新轉型是出路", China News Service, , 30/May/13.
"渝巴南城鎮化以人為本", Hong Kong Commercial Daily, B08, 04/Apr/13.
"港府鋪路“以點連線” 助港商走向全國大市場", China News Service, , 16/Jan/13.
"重慶渝中區 國家服務業綜合改革試點區迎黃金機遇蘊無限商機 發展服務業促渝中轉型升...", Hong Kong Commercial Daily, A06, 21/Dec/12.
"讓善政善制護駕民生事業", Hong Kong Commercial Daily, A01, 18/Sep/12.
"開放十年蓄力領跑 西部謀劃 經濟新版圖", Hong Kong Commercial Daily, A24, 14/Sep/12.
"大摩高層自爆 在華夜夜笙歌", Hong Kong Economic Times, A13, 22/Aug/12.
"前海金融稅制改革有望推動未來深粵港融合", XinHua Economic News, , 13/Aug/12.
"多家外資公司在華捲入行賄門", Entrepreneurs' Daily, 02, 30/Apr/12.
"美鐵腕監管 多家公司在華捲入行賄門", Securities Times, A04, 27/Apr/12.
"中國價格紅利看跌 全球勢現 龍拐點", Hong Kong Commercial Daily, A13, 09/Mar/12.
"入世十年聚焦:香港借力 奠定全球採購中心地位", China News Service, 港澳新聞, 24/Nov/11.
"圍繞增收育產業 做強產業促跨越", Sichuan Daily, 03, 03/Nov/11.
"新開放細則醞釀突破 內地迎港服務業北上", Hong Kong Commercial Daily, A32, 28/Oct/11.
"內地再現儲蓄 大搬家 躲避高通脹轉入民間借貸", Hong Kong Commercial Daily, A12, 02/Sep/11.
"上半年增速回落樂觀情緒不減 中國外貿年增20%可期", Hong Kong Commercial Daily, A16, 19/Aug/11.
"機制亂監管疏品質速度失衡 保障房呼喚陽光", Hong Kong Commercial Daily, A16, 17/Aug/11.
"3600萬套說易行難 保障房明年減速?", Hong Kong Commercial Daily, A10, 15/Aug/11.
"美債信用評級下調 美元美債走下“神壇”", China News Service, 金融頻道, 09/Aug/11.
"挺進前海 共建未來 ──發展前海現代服務業合作區的思考", Ming Pao Daily News, A29, 07/Jun/11.
"三項稅策調整在即 內地重啟外貿轉型 港 製造業 零售業 再臨", Hong Kong Commercial Daily, A15, 09/May/11.
"前海商機 「幣制創新」居首", Hong Kong Commercial Daily, A12, 23/Apr/11.
"外企在華屢涉賄案行賄已成商界常態 內地商業反腐需更激進改革", Hong Kong Commercial Daily, A15, 22/Apr/11.
"孫立堅: 亞洲美元 港可演主角", Hong Kong Commercial Daily, A12, 18/Apr/11.
"港澳借勢“十二五”登高望遠", Macao Daily News, C09, 09/Mar/11.
"國家“十二五”布大局 港澳借勢“登高望遠”", China News Service, 港澳新聞, 08/Mar/11.
"內地降進口稅大勢所趨難阻跨境購物潮 港零售 無須過慮", Hong Kong Commercial Daily, A12, 02/Mar/11.
"深圳前海開發區專家研討會 專家發言", Shenzhen Special Zone Daily, A08, 25/Jan/11.
"本報與深圳特區報邀港專家獻計 前海創新須不拘一格", Hong Kong Commercial Daily, A01, 22/Jan/11.
"在前海構建全球高端服務業平台", Shenzhen Special Zone Daily, A03, 22/Jan/11.
"【本港經濟】港所前高層:前海城高科技倉庫,助香港發展商品市場 (14:28)", ET Net Chi, , 21/Jan/11.

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