With enviable geography, world-leading density, and an astonishing government surplus, Hong Kong is well-positioned to withstand a sharp slowdown from its neighbor (and sorta-kinda-owner) to the north
It would be fitting that Hong Kong, by many accounts the most business-friendly country (or city) in the world, is led by a president who goes by the title "Chief Executive."
You get what you pay for, perhaps. Just this week, the Hong Kong government announced a round of pay raises for the government, increasing its chief executive's annual salary to a smooth $622,000. That's more than 50% more than the U.S. pays our president.
Beneath this patina of flush government officials rages a dynamic, dense, and rich city. Leased by the British for 99 years in 1898, Hong Kong returned to China in 1997, where it resides as a "Special Administrative Region," which means that Hong Kong governs most domestic affairs and cedes control to China for foreign policy.
Left to its own devises, Hong Kong has become perhaps the most important major port in the world, complimenting geographical luck with a low-tax, low-regulation policy that has made it one of the top three easiest countries to do business, according to the Ease of Doing Business Index. For more than a decade, Hong Kong has received the most foreign direct investment of any Asian country not named China, and the United States is one of its top investors.