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What Might Go Right


Photo by Ma Hao

FADE IN:

INT. FUNCTION ROOM - DAY

Coffee Break. LADY#1 (40s) talks to PETER.

LADY#1

The BIP Asia Forum is coming up.

I'm wondering if you'd squeeze

the time to join our session.

Peter thinks and nods.

LADY#1 (Cont'd)

What should be our theme? What

would you like to talk about?

PETER

The primary goal is to sustain

Hong Kong as a value centre

of professional services. The

international community used

to set standards. Now is the

time for the Greater Bay Area

to play a role in the international

IP arena.

Lady#1 listens carefully and nods.

INT. STUDY - DAY

Peter prepares powerpoint slides. In the title page, he types:

"From the Bay Area to the International IP Arena".

A beat.

PETER (V.O.)

Last year, I talked about blockchain,

smart contracts and Initial Coin

Offerings (ICOs). This year, I should

mention Security Token Offerings (STOs).

A beat.

Peter has his eyes on a slide on the computer screen. We see: "Begin with the End in mind". Peter saves the file and sends it.

MONTAGE OF PETER'S WAR PERCEPTION

A/ Peter visits the Nagasaki Peace Garden.

B/ Peter visits the Nagasaki Hypocenter Park.

C/ Peter visits the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.

END MONTAGE

EXT. NAGASAKI TRAMWAY - DAY

Peter is inside an old tram car, watching the street scene. A mail notification. We see: "At Jimmy's Kitchen...after AIPPI reception..."

PETER (V.O.)

A convenient place to gather...

Peter types: "Thank you." and touches "Send".

EXT. MONUMENT BUILDING - DAY

Peter observes a building column. We see the inscription on it: "Hong Kong & Shanghai Nagasaki Branch". Peter is amazed and takes a selfie underneath it.

PETER (V.O.)

Hongkongers and Shanghaineses

weren't slow to develop a new

market here when the time was ripe.

MONTAGE OF PETER'S PERCEPTION TRADE WAR, SACRIFICE, RIOTS & MONEY POWER

A/ Peter reads about the Trade War development between US and China.

B/ Peter reads about the late George Bush's 58 combat missions, being shot down and survived.

C/ Peter watches video clips about the domestic violence in France.

D/ Peter watches a video clip about a Chinese entrepreneur giving France vacation to 6,500 of his best people to celebrate 20th anniversary of his company, costing about 13 million Euros.

E/ Peter checks a mail from the Dean of Harvard Kennedy School and reads about his macroeconomic background.

END MONTAGE

INT. RESTAURANT - NIGHT

A cosy place. Peter, being accompanied by LADY#2 (50s) and GENTLEMAN#1(50s), arrives and sits in a corner.

GENTLEMAN#1

(Looking around)

A pretty nice place...

PETER

Yes. Lighting should be any

restaurant's number 1 concern...

(To Lady #2 )

Great choice!

Lady#2 smiles sweetly. Peter and Gentleman#1 chat and chat.

PETER

...My vision now is to establish

an IP-based capital market in

the Greater Bay Area...

Gentleman#1 and Lady#2 digest Peter's thought.

PETER (Cont'd)

My goal is to make use of the

market to solve economic and

political problems.

A pause.

PETER (Cont'd)

In trade war situations, we can

save the country by contributing

money rather than sacrificing our

lives.

Gentleman#1 and Lady#2 get the message and react enthusiastically.

PETER (Cont'd)

We use the IP charge as the

catalyst to establish the IP-backed

Capital market...Historically

speaking, new things first happened

in Hong Kong... and this time, at

this Kitchen...

GENTLEMAN#1 & LADY#2

Yes! Yes! Yes!

We hear laughter and glass clinking sounds.

INT. CONFERENCE HALL - DAY

GENTLEMAN#2 (60s) greets Peter who is being led to a seat. Peter chooses to sit with Gentleman#2 and they chat.

GENTLEMAN#2

...Wow, that's great! If you need

any help on the organizational

front, we're more than willing to

help!

Peter nods.

INT. HALL - DAY

A big luncheon reception. GENTLEMAN#3 greets Peter.

GENTLEMAN#3

The impact of your initiative that

began years ago is now visibly

felt!

Peter smiles.

PETER

As IP Trading is gathering its

momentum, I wish to move on

with a new vision...

Gentleman#3 listens actively and his eyes become wide open. GENTLEMAN#4 who also approaches Peter overhears it.

PETER

(To Gentleman#4)

What do you think as an

academic?

GENTLEMAN#4

(Thinking)

May I have a selfie with

you first?

And they take photos together happily.

PETER (V.O.)

Harvard joins scholarship, education and practice to

serve the public good.

INT. RESTAURANT - NIGHT

Classy. Peter dines with LADIES and GENTLEMEN with either black eyes or blue eyes. LADY#2 reacts to Peter's passionate chat.

LADY#2

You're always full of ideas!

The steps to be taken must

be realistic and achievable

though...

Peter nods.

PETER

I'm glad to see that your

delegation to join the Forum

is stronger than ever...

INT - CONFERENCE HALL - DAY

GENTLEMAN#5 greets Peter and they exchange name cards.

PETER

I see. You're the Secretary

General. What I want to establish

in the Greater Bay Area is...

GENTLEMAN#5

The direction you've talked about

is exactly what Guangzhou would

like to go.

PETER

(Nodding)

I've been to your Area and

interacted with your Bureau

Chief and the Chief Economist.

GENTLEMAN#5

Let's keep in touch!

He then scans a QR code on Peter's phone.

INT. RESTAURANT - DAY

Crowded. Dim Sums on the table. Peter interacts with GENTLEMAN#6 (50s).

PETER

Your presentation about IP

and Trade was epic. It's

illustrative too.

GENTLEMAN#6

It all began with the suggestion

of a little known person...

PETER (V.O.)

That's encouraging.

A pause.

PETER

I'm trying to link up IP with

Trade and Finance...

PETER (V.O.)

Yes. That's in the macro-

economics context.

Gentleman#6 thinks deeply.

INT. EXHIBITION AREA - DAY

GENTLEMAN#7 (60s) approaches and talks to Peter. Peter listens and remarks.

GENTLEMAN#7

(Eyes wide open)

...Wow! That's what we would

like to do too!

PETER

I'm borrowing the "Hong Kong

Shanghai ... model" to establish

a Hong Kong-Shanghai IP-backed

capital market...

They continue to engage energetically. It looks a deal is done.

INT. BOOTH AREA - DAY

GENTLEMAN#8 (50s) mans it. Peter approaches him.

PETER

At dinner yesterday, you didn't

talk much. What do you think

about my new vision?

GENTLEMAN#8 speaks, and Peter listens very carefully.

PETER

(Nodding)

Many thanks for your honest

opinions. I believe the obstacles

are inter-related. Let me attempt

to resolve them one by one!

He pads Gentleman#8's shoulder and leaves.

INT. CONFERENCE HALL - DAY

Dotted with audience. Peter speaks on stage as colourful and graphic slides are shown. Peter and we see from stage someone holding a "Time's Up" sign at a passageway.

Panel discussion. In response to the Chair's question, Peter answers. Photo session.

PETER (V.O.)

I was one of the originators

of the Forum. It has actually

gone right. The platform

enables me to communicate

my strategy. My new vision

might go right again!

Supporters at the floor want to take photos with Peter. LADY#3 (30s) waits patiently for her turn.

PETER

(To LADY#3)

I didn't expect to see you

here. I was wondering if something had gone wrong.

Lady#3 smiles.

PETER (Cont'd)

Let's talk over dinner...

They leave the venue together happily.

FADE OUT. The End

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