Katrina Hamlin is global production editor, based in Hong Kong. She is also a columnist, writing on topics including environmental policy, cleantech and green finance, as well as the gambling industry in Macau and Asia. Before joining Reuters in 2012, Katrina was deputy managing editor of Shanghai Business Review magazine. She graduated from the University of Oxford with an MA in Classics, and earned a Masters of Journalism with distinction from the University of Hong Kong.
Toyota has pledged $394 mln to support aviation startup Joby; Geely and Hyundai are also dabbling. Technology advances have put commercialisation within reach, and regulators will slowly come to grips with the idea. The final frontier is finding actual customers.
Authorities are desperate to diversify the $55 bln economy beyond betting and will use their clout in 2020 to force Sands and Wynn to invest more in theatres and malls, away from betting tables. Odds on it will sink profit margins: the new breed of visitors won’t be big spenders.
Subsidy cuts exposed tepid demand for electric vehicles in a country that accounts for 40% of global sales. Hybrids will gain stronger state support instead. China’s sway spells trouble for the likes of Tesla and Nio while giving a charge to others including Toyota and Honda.