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.