And don't forget the very dated rules on maternity and paternity care in HK, which doesn't really help foster having children here.
Also lets throw in the culture of must be seen in the office even if there is no work to do. Yes, a minority don't have this issue, but they are a minority and not the majority. This is obviously self perpetuated by the belief of companies that its fine for employees to work late because the employees have FDHs to look after the children.
HK has basically created the perfect storm of a shitty place to have kids if you are working. However can't blame the Chinese for this. The British has many years to fix this issue but they decided not to.
For international companies and financial institutions operating in the territory, the city’s legal system has served as a guarantee that they can enforce contracts against Chinese state-owned enterprises and companies linked to mainland officials. In mainland China, the judicial system is subservient to the ruling Communist Party and its 92m members are often effectively above the law.
The above from the cited FT report. That's it: above the law.
Well, not quite correct coz the Party can change the law overnight and make it retroactive. Convenient, eh?
The big question is how do you make political systems so people who are psychopaths and have narcisistic personality disorder don't getting into power....
But what benefits these vested interest get by suppressing childbirths is harmful to HK society as a whole (aging less productive society). Is the HK government so stupid they don't realize this? Probably not, rather its the case those civil servants realize this full well but they have no political will to change because they are all in the pockets of those vested interest.
So in short, the HK government is not even able to do what is for the benefit of its people. Is it any wonder the city is in decline?
It could also be argued that the Lantau Vision may be partly intended to "fix" this problem by providing space for imported mainland labour but that's never going to be officially stated anywhere.