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Alex Frew McMillan

Alex Frew McMillan is a widely respected and experienced foreign correspondent, having spent more than two decades as a business reporter, feature writer and editor, the last 10 years spent specializing in real-estate coverage. He has worked for some of the most prestigious global media organisations, including CNN, as a business reporter, and Reuters, as the Asia real-estate correspondent.

As a free-lancer, he has written regularly for The New York Times, and is a contributor to TheStreet.com and Forbes. He has also written the occasional piece for publications such as The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, The Australian, the Economist Intelligence Unit and CNBC.

He covered the September 11, 2001 attacks for CNN, writing the first reaction to the disaster from governments around the world, and wrote a series of well-regarded stories about greater China’s property slowdown for Reuters. His real-estate coverage has explained the importance of property trends for institutional investors as well as for individual property owners. He also covered the hedge-fund industry for six years and has focused on alternative as well as personal finance.

Since moving to Hong Kong from New York City 15 years ago, he has devoted himself to coverage of Asia, writing magazine stories and analysis pieces for Asian Investor, the South China Morning Post and the Straits Times, as well as many magazines. He has also made numerous appearances on both television and radio to discuss his work.

With a South African father and British mother, he took up a Morehead Scholarship to study in the United States, one of the best-known merit scholarships in the country, offered to candidates considered to have leadership potential.

He graduated with a degree in Journalism and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with honors and distinction, and serves as co-chairman of the university's alumni association in Hong Kong. Besides reporting, he is also an avid tennis player, snowboarder and scuba diver, and is a PADI-certified divemaster.

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Recent Articles By The Author

Life Goes on With Covid in the U.K., While in Hong Kong It Withers

I'm in Britain for the first time in years, where it's pretty much business as usual now. The contrast with repressive, quarantine-addicted Hong Kong couldn't be starker.

Hong Kong Cuts Quarantine to 3 Hotel-Stay Days

With its economy in recession, Hong Kong is finally recognizing that it must 'live with Covid' like the rest of the world.

'Remarkably Mild' Market Response to China's War Drills Off Taiwan

In response to Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, China has fired missiles over the island and into Japanese waters, and is simulating a military blockade.

Pelosi's Taiwan Trip Could Aid Rather Than Hinder Asian Stability

Asian markets haven't taken Beijing's bait that the House Speaker's visit to Taiwan is somehow destabilizing the region.

Alibaba Vows to Stay on Wall Street After SEC Threatens Delisting

BABA, which is applying for a joint primary listing in Hong Kong just in case, says it will 'strive' to retain its U.S. stock listing.

China Quietly Abandons 2022 Growth Target

Shares in mainland China and Hong Kong sink as the Beijing leadership walks away from growth of 'around 5.5%' for this year.

Chinese Mortgage Crisis Could Threaten Financial Stability

The strike on home-loan payments could expand to US$355 billion, causing a crisis in confidence for the most-important sector in China's economy.

China Considers Three-Tier System to Allow U.S. Listings to Continue

Beijing regulators are prepping three categories of data security for overseas-listed companies, in the hopes that Chinese companies can remain on Wall Street.

DiDi Global's US$1.2B Fine in China Ends Damaging Tech Crusade

A financially disastrous and embarrassing attack on the tech sector looks to be ending in China, with DiDi Global penalized for data-protection violations.

U.S. Senate Edges Forward on Bill to Stimulate U.S. Chip Production

The measure that is aimed at aiding U.S. semiconductor producers as they compete with foreign chipmakers still has hurdles to clear.

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