25 February 2020

Grace Kong

Hong Kong Economic Journal columnist
  • Smoking e-cigarettes and heat-not-burn cigarettes is becoming increasingly popular and close to becoming the “mainstream” in Hong Kong. Photo: AFP

    Govt missed the best timing to regulate e-cigarettes

    - Feb 28, 2019 12:14pm
    The government has gazetted its proposed amendments to the Smoking (Public Health) Ordinance to ban the importation, manufacturing, sale, distribution and advertisement of alternative smoking products such as electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), heat-not-burn products and herbal cigarettes....
  • Medical workers in Hong Kong stage a protest in January to highlight stressful working conditions in the city’s public hospitals amid a manpower problem. Photo: RTHK News video/screenshot

    Time for HK to open new medical doors for its people

    - Feb 12, 2019 6:35pm
    Just like last year, public hospitals across Hong Kong have been overcrowded with patients before and after the Lunar New Year holiday due to the winter peak season of seasonal influenza. Severely overworked and deeply frustrated,...
  • China is likely to step up efforts to tighten its grip on Hong Kong, putting pressure on the local government to come down hard on any group or individual perceived to be questioning Beijing’s authority, observers say. Photo: Bloomberg

    What 2019 may have in store for us

    - Jan 4, 2019 6:40pm
    During his 27-year-reign in China, Mao Zedong set a non-trespassable red line in relation to political affairs in the mainland, i.e. the ruling party and the nation must never “change color”, and the supreme status of the...
  • Beijing’s tightening grip on Hong Kong and its growing meddling in the territory’s affairs won’t do China any good, an observer warns. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why Beijing must allow HK to preserve its uniqueness

    - Nov 15, 2018 6:32pm
    Last week, Bloomberg ran an article on Hong Kong headlined “Some Nations May Already See Hong Kong As ‘Just Another Chinese City’”. The article noted that over the years, the prevailing view in the West had...
  • Many Hong Kong people now say their biggest worry in relation to the city’s future is erosion of the city’s autonomy and the 'two systems' principle. Photo: Reuters

    Erosion of ‘two systems’ bigger worry than wasteful projects

    - Oct 18, 2018 11:08am
    According to the Public Opinion Programme of the University of Hong Kong, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s recent Policy Address only grossed 48.5 marks in satisfaction rating, down nearly 14 points compared to the rating...
  • Andy Chan is surrounded by members of the media as he leaves the Foreign Correspondents’ Club on Aug. 14. Thanks to the government's heavy-handed tactics against Chan’s political party, he became an ‘international figure’ overnight. Photo: AFP

    Why a full-on war against the HKNP will only backfire

    - Aug 29, 2018 6:26pm
    Hong Kong authorities have invoked the Societies Ordinance in a bid to suppress the independence-leaning Hong Kong National Party (HKNP). The establishment camp, meanwhile, has lashed out at the city’s Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC) after the...
  • HKNP co-founder and convenor Andy Chan. The government must clearly explain to the public whether it truly has justifiable grounds for banning the HKNP, and whether its exercise of power is proportional to the actual situation. Photo: HKEJ

    Is HKNP a farce or a threat?

    - Jul 30, 2018 11:49am
    The government has invoked the Societies Ordinance in a bid to ban the Hong Kong National Party (HKNP). Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu said on July 17 he had given the group 21 days to...
  • Hong Kong authorities have been unable to grasp the full extent of the problems presented by street performers, let alone regulate and manage them, observers say. Photo: RTHK

    What next after seeking shutdown of Mong Kok pedestrian zone?

    - Jun 5, 2018 9:56am
    The Yau Tsim Mong District Council recently passed a resolution calling on the government to scrap the pedestrian zone at the Sai Yeung Choi Street South in Mong Kok. Back in 2000, the Transport Department tabled...