Dial P for Procurement
Episode 53

By insisting on his innocence, Jimmy Lai knows he has surrendered any hope for leniency. But he is showing that a man can live as a free person, even in a Chinese prison, as long as he refuses to lie.

-William McGurn, WSJ

Episode Summary

The world is so complicated today… we could play the ‘what if’ game all day long.

• What if the railroad workers push back?

• What if retailers can’t shed all that unwanted inventory?

• What if Ukraine starts to lose ground?

• What if China invades Taiwan?

There’s a ‘what if’ where we have evidence to consider: we can just look to Hong Kong. On July 1st, 1997, sovereignty over the city of Hong Kong transferred from the United Kingdom to China. The events that followed give us more than enough to project what Taiwan could expect if they were to become a full part of the People’s Republic of China.

In this episode of Dial P, Kelly Barner reviews:

• What was supposed to happen in the years following the transfer of Hong Kong to China

• How the actual course of events has impacted Hong Kong’s citizens, economy, and press

• The current news story that is placing Hong Kong’s legal system back in the headlines

• What all of this may mean for Taiwan, and therefore, global supply chains

Episode Transcript

Intro/Outro (00:01):

Welcome to Dial P for procurement, A show focused on today’s biggest spin supplier and contract management related business opportunities. Dial P investigates the nuanced and constantly evolving boundary of the procurement supply chain divide with a broadcast of engaged executives, providers, and thought leaders. Give us an hour and we’ll provide you with a new perspective on supply chain value. And now it’s time to dial P for procurement.

Kelly Barner (00:31):

The world is so complicated today. We could play the what if game all day long. What if the railroad workers push back? What if retailers can’t shed all of that unwanted inventory? What if Ukraine starts to lose ground? What if China invades Taiwan? See now there’s one where we actually have some evidence to look at. Hong Kong has led the way on July 1st, 1997, sovereignty over the city of Hong Kong transferred from the United Kingdom to China. The events that followed give us more than enough to project what Taiwan might be able to expect if they were to become part of the People’s Republic of China. In this episode of Dial P, I’m going to review what was supposed to happen in the years following the transfer of Hong Kong to China, how the actual course of events impacted Hong Kong’s citizens economy and press a current news story that is placing Hong Kong back in the headlines and what all of this may mean for Taiwan and therefore to our global supply chains.

Kelly Barner (01:51):

But before I go any further, let me introduce myself. I’m Kelly Barner. I’m co-founder and managing Director of Buyers Meeting Point. I’m the head of operations and content at Art of Procurement, and I’m your host for Dial P here on supply Chain. Now, I’m constantly scanning the news for complex topics to discuss things that are interesting, but which may escape people’s notice. Dial P releases a new podcast episode or interview every Thursday, so be the lookout for future episodes and don’t forget to check out past episodes as well. Now, before we get back to today’s topic, I have a quick favor to ask. I hope you find value in the time we’re about to spend together. If you do find a way to engage, we have listeners on all kinds of platforms. Give us a review on iTunes, subscribe on Spotify, give us a share or a like on LinkedIn or Twitter.

Kelly Barner (02:54):

You can even send this episode directly to a colleague that you think will find it interesting. As always, I am grateful for your interest and attention to what we’re building here at Dial P. Now, let me start by giving you a quick reminder of why Taiwan’s freedom is so important to global business. According to data from the SIA and bcg, Taiwan is the world leader in semiconductor fab capacity at 22%, but that’s capacity when it comes to actual production. Taiwan produces 63% of the world’s semiconductors and just one company there. TSMC holds 53% of the global market share. According to the US Department of Commerce, 12% of chips are manufactured in the United States, and so we are therefore dependent on Taiwan for semiconductor production, and semiconductors are in everything. If you’re interested in more about that, listen to episode 36 of Dial P where I focused exclusively on the CHIPS act.

Kelly Barner (04:09):

Now, over the last couple of years, there has been increased global uncertainty about China’s willingness to allow Taiwan to remain independent. Call it a global what if game. Now, I’m the first one to be honest. Air quotes are terrible practice in audio content, but some of the sources that I’m pulling from today clearly involve something that feels a little more like propaganda. The news, for example, we’ll get to the specifics of this in a minute, but the use of the term patriot to designate Hong Kong politicians that are friendly to China, there’s clearly a bias to that. So hopefully heard my air quotes in Patriot. This is an active listening kind of podcast, if you know what I mean. This whole issue with China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan stems back to the 1980s when Chinese leader de Shing purchased a national unification policy where he wanted to bring Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau back under the sovereignty of China, Macau and Hong Kong.

Kelly Barner (05:17):

Our real quotes, special administrative regions of China, Taiwan, to this point anyway, remains independent, but what does it mean to be a special administrative region of China? Well, for one thing, it means your laws are different than those on mainland China. When the UK handed Hong Kong back to China in July of 1997, ending 156 years of British rule, China and the UK both signed the declaration. Under that agreement, China was supposed to leave Hong Kong’s governmental and economic structures in place for 50 years that would’ve gotten them to 2047. They called this Policy one Country two Systems. It’s a little bit like the strategic ambiguity. The US employees in dealing with Taiwan so is not to anger China. The terms of the declaration held until about 20, 20, 23 years, not quite halfway through the 50 year agreement between China and the uk. Now in 2019, pro-democracy demonstrations began especially amongst students in Hong Kong.

Kelly Barner (06:36):

Now, 2019 is when the world really took notice, but there were also protests in 2003, just six years after the transfer, 2011 and 2014. The 2019 protests were in response to a law that would have allowed extradition of Hong Kong citizens to mainland China for trial. The fear was that China would use it to silence voices of dissent and then move them to China for trial. Huge public protests followed estimates range from hundreds of thousands to millions of people marching in the streets. A risky move under the circumstances. That extradition proposal was withdrawn in September of 2019, but it was too late. The damage was done and trust between the leaders of Hong Kong and the people living there had been eroded. Making matters worse, local law enforcement attempted to quell the crowds with practices that are not generally acceptable according to international norms and standards as reported in Forbes.

Kelly Barner (07:50):

Now, this was followed by a national security law in 2020. The stated goal of this law was to prevent sedition and collusion using very broad air quotes. Chinese determined definitions of both words. Since the handover in 1997, there have been no free votes with universal suffrage to select a leader of Hong Kong. Their election committee is made up of professional elites, most of whom are appointed by people in Beijing. As of 2021, only air quotes Patriots who also air quotes, respect the CCP can run for office in Hong Kong. There’s some of that positioning we talked about earlier. Part of my concern and something that should concern everyone in business, even if not as humans, is the clear death of freedom of the press in Hong Kong. The Apple Daily has received the most coverage on this front. They were an independent newspaper whose assets were frozen by the government, whose headquarters were rated by police, and then multiple people who worked there, including owner Jimmy Lie, were arrested for endangering national security.

Kelly Barner (09:15):

The Apple Daily went out of print in June of 2021 In December of 2021, stand News, another pro-democracy paper closed and more journalists were arrested. Yet another citizen News closed in January of 2022. According to the Press Freedom Index, which is run by Reporters Without Borders ranked Hong Kong number 1 48 out of 180 countries in terms of their press freedom in 2021, that’s the most recent year of the report. As a point of comparison, North Korea is last in a hundred and 80th place. In 2002, the first year of data I could access Hong Kong was ranked 18th. That’s just one place behind the United States. So between 2002 and 2021, they fell from 18th to 140 eighth. In 2002, Taiwan was ranked 35th. Now they’re in 43rd. They’re already moving in the wrong direction. I mentioned that a current trial is bringing freedom of the press in Hong Kong back into the spotlight.

Kelly Barner (10:33):

Jimmy Ly, who I mentioned, the owner of Apple Daily is currently on trial under the National Security Law. This trial is literally unfolding day by day right now, so I’m gonna date this. I’m recording this episode on Monday, December 5th at 9:00 PM Eastern. Last week, he got court approval for a British lawyer to represent him in court. His trial was supposed to start on December 1st, but it was postponed at the last minute. Hong Kong’s immigration department refused to expend the lawyer’s work visa, so now the trial is on hold and Jimmy Ly remains in prison. General opinion is that he is likely to be found guilty. Wall Street Journal opinion columnist William McGurn, a friend of Jimmy Lies fully expects him to be found guilty and he faces life in prison. Obviously, this is absolutely devastating for Jimmy Lie, but it’s also a bad sign for all of Hong Kong.

Kelly Barner (11:42):

Now, how would we feel if this same thing were happening in Taiwan? Would we still be comfortable with their semiconductors going into our phones and cars? Now, let me turn from the press to focus on the potential economic impact of a Chinese takeover. In 2020, Hong Kong lost their special trading status with the United States because they no longer had the requisite autonomy from China. Companies are moving out of the city in droves US companies with a regional base in Hong Kong. Were at an 18 year low in 2021 and half of European companies who have locations in the city plan to pull out to some extent, again, in quotes by 2023. All of this, of course, is leading to increased economic dependence upon China ultimately furthering their goal of pulling the city into their orbit. Hong Kong’s best financial and economic advantage is being able to serve as a go between between China and the West, even without their most favored nation trading status.

Kelly Barner (12:56):

The economic situation in Hong Kong isn’t bad, but it’s hard to get a clear picture. First of all, based on the unprecedented last three years globally, but also as Hong Kong’s economy and stock market become more and more closely tied to China’s, their fortunes will rise and fall in lockstep. A recent Wall Street Journal article titled Hong Kong’s Stock Market is On A Wild Ride, pretty much sums it up right in the title. Uncertainty is the only thing we can be certain of. Now, to be fair, none of this is a conclusion. In fact, the protests currently going on in China are some of the biggest that have been seen. Beijing, Shanghai, and Jang have all seen large demonstrations. One particular rallying cry is based on a quarantine that saw people physically confined to a building, which then caught fire leading to 10 deaths at least according to state run media.

Kelly Barner (14:05):

The World Cup has been a flash point as well. Reports say that TV coverage in China has been changing to conceal the extent to which the rest of the world has kind of gone back to normal. While people in China are still struggling under lockdowns, we’re also seeing what is being called the A four revolution blank paper protests in response to harsh government lockdowns people in China understand the connection between freedom of speech and quality of life, just as we’ve discussed in Hong Kong. So what does all this mean? Now? What we don’t know is if China would consider a military takeover or if they would do something more passive. We do know we need to keep watching, and the takeaways from all of this impact us very personally. First and foremost, it seems fair to acknowledge that the privileges we enjoy in the United States, none of which we will retain if we do not exercise them truly are privileges when seen in a global perspective, even if some kind of suitable arrangement can be reached.

Kelly Barner (15:21):

For Taiwan, the violation of the agreement to preserve Hong Kong’s societal structures for 50 years didn’t last very long at all. Why would this be different? That declaration ended up being worth no more than the letter that never Chamberlain brought back to England from Nazi Germany, and I really do think there’s a close connection between economic prosperity and press freedom. Once the press is no longer free. We can’t trust anything coming out of the country. In the case of Taiwan, do we really wanna be negotiating contracts with suppliers for semiconductors? If we can’t trust their data, what kind of supply chain transparency or agility will we have then? Now, that’s my point of view, but as always, I want to know what you think. Does the case of Hong Kong give us reason to feel concern about Taiwan? Will Jimi’s trial help people make the connection between these two special administrative regions and what does all of this mean supply chain professionals should be watching and planning for today? There is a lot to think about here and even more to watch, so stay tuned. Until next time, I’m Kelly Barner. On behalf of Dial P and the whole team here at Supply Chain now, thank you is always for listening, and have a great rest of your day.

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Page Siplon

Host, The Freight Insider

Prior to joining TeamOne Logistics, Page Siplon served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, the State’s leading consulting resource for fueling logistics industry growth and global competitiveness. For over a decade, he directly assisted hundreds of companies to overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities related to the movement of freight. During this time, Siplon was also appointed to concurrently serve the State of Georgia as Director of the larger Centers of Innovation Program, in which he provided executive leadership and vision for all six strategic industry-focused Centers. As a frequently requested keynote speaker, Siplon is called upon to address a range of audiences on unique aspects of technology, workforce, and logistics. This often includes topics of global and domestic logistics trends, supply chain visibility, collaboration, and strategic planning. He has also been quoted as an industry expert in publications such as Forbes, Journal of Commerce, Fortune, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, American Express, DC Velocity, Area Development Magazine, Site Selection Magazine, Inbound Logistics, Modern Material Handling, and is frequently a live special guest on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Radio Show. Siplon is an active industry participant, recognized by DC Velocity Magazine as a “2012 Logistics Rainmaker” which annually identifies the top-ten logistics professionals in the Nation; and named a “Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Executive Magazine in 2014. Siplon was also selected by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Georgians” for 2013, 2014, and 2015. He also serves various industry leadership roles at both the State and Federal level. Governor Nathan Deal nominated Siplon to represent Georgia on a National Supply Chain Competitiveness Advisory Committee, where he was appointed to a two-year term by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was then appointed to serve as its vice-chairman. At the State level, he was selected by then-Governor Sonny Perdue to serve as lead consultant on the Commission for New Georgia’s Freight and Logistics Task Force. In this effort, Siplon led a Private Sector Advisory Committee with invited executives from a range of private sector stakeholders including UPS, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Georgia Pacific, CSX, and Norfolk Southern. Siplon honorably served a combined 12 years in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force. During this time, he led the integration of encryption techniques and deployed cryptographic devices for tactically secure voice and data platforms in critical ground-to-air communication systems. This service included support for all branches of the Department of Defense, multiple federal security agencies, and aiding NASA with multiple Space Shuttle launches. Originally from New York, Siplon received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering with a focus on digital signal processing from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned an associate’s degree in advanced electronic systems from the Air Force College and completed multiple military leadership academies in both the Marines and Air Force. Siplon currently lives in Cumming, Georgia (north of Atlanta), with his wife Jan, and two children Thomas (19) and Lily (15).

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Kristi Porter

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Kristi Porter is VP of Sales and Marketing at Vector Global Logistics, a company that is changing the world through supply chain. In her role, she oversees all marketing efforts and supports the sales team in doing what they do best. In addition to this role, she is the Chief Do-Gooder at Signify, which assists nonprofits and social impact companies through copywriting and marketing strategy consulting. She has almost 20 years of professional experience, and loves every opportunity to help people do more good.

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Kevin Brown

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Kevin Brown is the Director of Business Development for Vector Global Logistics.  He has a dedicated interest in Major Account Management, Enterprise Sales, and Corporate Leadership. He offers 25 years of exceptional experience and superior performance in the sales of Logistics, Supply Chain, and Transportation Management. Kevin is a dynamic, high-impact, sales executive and corporate leader who has consistently exceeded corporate goals. He effectively coordinates multiple resources to solution sell large complex opportunities while focusing on corporate level contacts across the enterprise. His specialties include targeting and securing key accounts by analyzing customer’s current business processes and developing solutions to meet their corporate goals. Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn.

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Sofia Rivas Herrera

Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol

Sofia Rivas Herrera is a Mexican Industrial Engineer from Tecnologico de Monterrey class 2019. Upon graduation, she earned a scholarship to study MIT’s Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and graduated as one of the Top 3 performers of her class in 2020. She also has a multicultural background due to her international academic experiences at Singapore Management University and Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg. Sofia self-identifies as a Supply Chain enthusiast & ambassador sharing her passion for the field in her daily life.

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Jose Miguel Irarrazaval

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Jose Manuel Irarrazaval es parte del equipo de Vector Global Logistics Chile. José Manuel es un gerente experimentado con experiencia en finanzas corporativas, fusiones y adquisiciones, financiamiento y reestructuración, inversión directa y financiera, tanto en Chile como en el exterior. José Manuel tiene su MBA de la Universidad de Pennsylvania- The Wharton School. Conéctese con Jose Manuel en LinkedIn.

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Demo Perez

Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol

Demo Perez started his career in 1997 in the industry by chance when a relative asked him for help for two just weeks putting together an operation for FedEx Express at the Colon Free Zone, an area where he was never been but accepted the challenge. Worked in all roles possible from a truck driver to currier to a sales representative, helped the brand introduction, market share growth and recognition in the Colon Free Zone, at the end of 1999 had the chance to meet and have a chat with Fred Smith ( FedEx CEO), joined another company in 2018 who took over the FedEx operations as Operations and sales manager, in 2004 accepted the challenge from his company to leave the FedEx operations and business to take over the operation and business of DHL Express, his major competitor and rival so couldn’t say no, by changing completely its operation model in the Free Zone. In 2005 started his first entrepreneurial journey by quitting his job and joining two friends to start a Freight Forwarding company. After 8 months was recruited back by his company LSP with the General Manager role with the challenge of growing the company and make it fully capable warehousing 3PL. By 2009 joined CSCMP and WERC and started his journey of learning and growing his international network and high-level learning. In 2012 for the first time joined a local association ( the Panama Maritime Chamber) and worked in the country’s first Logistics Strategy plan, joined and lead other associations ending as president of the Panama Logistics Council in 2017. By finishing his professional mission at LSP with a company that was 8 times the size it was when accepted the role as GM with so many jobs generated and several young professionals coached, having great financial results, took the decision to move forward and start his own business from scratch by the end of 2019. with a friend and colleague co-founded IPL Group a company that started as a boutique 3PL and now is gearing up for the post-Covid era by moving to the big leagues.

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Kim Winter

Host, Supply Chain Now

The founder of Logistics Executive Group, Kim Winter delivers 40 years of executive leadership experience spanning Executive Search & Recruitment, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Corporate Advisory, Motivational Speaking, Trade Facilitation and across the Supply Chain, Logistics, 3PL, E-commerce, Life Science, Cold Chain, FMCG, Retail, Maritime, Defence, Aviation, Resources, and Industrial sectors. Operating from the company’s global offices, he is a regular contributor of thought leadership to industry and media, is a professional Master of Ceremonies, and is frequently invited to chair international events.

He is a Board member of over a dozen companies throughout APAC, India, and the Middle East, a New Zealand citizen, he holds formal resident status in Australia and the UAE, and is the Australia & New Zealand representative for the UAE Government-owned Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), the Middle East’s largest Economic Free Zone.

A triathlete and ex-professional rugby player, Kim is a qualified (IECL Sydney) executive coach and the Founder / Chairman of the successful not for profit humanitarian organization, Oasis Africa (www. oasisafrica.org.au), which has provided freedom from poverty through education to over 8000 mainly orphaned children in East Africa’s slums. Kim holds an MBA and BA from Massey & Victoria Universities (NZ).

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Nick Roemer

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Nick Roemer has had a very diverse and extensive career within design and sales over the last 15 years stretching from China, Dubai, Germany, Holland, UK, and the USA. In the last 5 years, Nick has developed a hawk's eye for sustainable tech and the human-centric marketing and sales procedures that come with it. With his far-reaching and strong network within the logistics industry, Nick has been able to open new avenues and routes to market within major industries in the USA and the UAE. Nick lives by the ethos, “Give more than you take." His professional mission is to make the logistics industry leaner, cleaner and greener.

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Alex Bramley

Sales Support Intern

Alex is pursuing a Marketing degree and a Certificate in Legal Studies at the University of Georgia. As a dual citizen of both the US and UK; Alex has studied abroad at University College London and is passionate about travel and international business. Through her coursework at the Terry College of Business, Alex has gained valuable skills in digital marketing, analytics, and professional selling. She joined Supply Chain Now as a Sales Support Intern where she assists the team by prospecting and qualifying new business partners.

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