HONG KONG 19 February 2019 – Consul General in Hong Kong Antonio A. Morales met with representatives of the South China Morning Post (SCMP) at the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong Chancery on 11 February 2019 to discuss possible collaboration to promote relations between the Philippines and Hong Kong and China.
SCMP Director for International Projects Razlan Manjaji and SCMP Director of Events and Conferences Arun Kumar met with Consul General Morales, Deputy Consul General Germinia V. Aguilar-Usudan, and Consul Roderico C. Atienza to present the Hong Kong-based daily’s overall plans to grow its global market, part of which is the expansion of readership in the Philippines.
Consul General Morales was invited by SCMP to its annual China Conference, the first one set outside in Hong Kong, at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur on 10-11 October 2018.
The China Conference, which is expected to be held annually in a neighboring city, brought together 65 speakers from China and Southeast Asia to examine how the world’s second largest economy will conduct itself in the region. Over 1,110 participants from the government, academia, business, media, and other sectors participated in the two-day event.
The newspaper, which is completely owned by Alibaba—the world’s biggest e-commerce group—is considering a number of Southeast Asian capitals, including Manila, as the venue for next year’s event.
SCMP will host the China Conference 2019 next week at the JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong. Themed “The Next 40 Years: A New Chapter in the China Story”, the day-long conference will gather speakers on 21 February 2019 from China and the world to debate on what can be deduced from the last four decades of reform and predict the next 40 years in China’s evolution.
Established in 1903, SCMP is Hong Kong’s newspaper of record, and enjoys the highest credibility score among the various paid newspapers in Hong Kong. Previously owned by News Corporation until 1993 and subsequently by Robert Kwok through the 1997 handover, the Post—as it is also called—was acquired by Alibaba, the world’s biggest e-commerce group, in April 2016.