I began working as Resident Correspondent covering Greek and East Mediterranean affairs for​ Mercury News of Hong Kong in 1983 after an invitation from Editor P. T. Bangsberg, who had moved to Hong Kong after working at Birmingham Evening Mail and South China Morning Post.

Among the clients served by Mercury News were South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), Business Day (Manila),  Korea Times (Seoul), Malaysian Business (Kuala Lumpur) and Jakarta Post.

Some of the articles I wrote for Mercury News which appeared in the South China Morning Post were Greek opposition attacks state takeovers (September 1, 1983), Cement fraud (September 28, 1983), EEC complaints (September 30, 1983) and EEC fears lost of high-tech to East (October 10, 1983).