It’s never good sign when someone stares past your shoulder while you’re trying to interview them. The finer points of economics are, well, fine, and so when I fail to grasp the nuances it’s understandable that those well-schooled in numbers might turn away in despair.
This appeared to be happening earlier today during an audience with an economist high up in Hong Kong’s International Finance Centre… until the economist shouted, "Hey, look at that!" I turned to the window behind me and saw a large bird of prey (I’ve since been informed it may have been a kite) sitting on the sill outside.
This may be a regular occurrence for those who pay a chunk of change for space at IFC but neither the economist or myself can call the building a home so it was a bizarre twist to an otherwise routine conversation about Southeast Asia’s fear of being overwhelmed by China. In a way, it was quite apt. (All we needed was for the bird to start circling menacingly above a small mouse called ASEAN…)
Needless to say, we both reached for our mobile phones…