17 January 2017

SC Yeung

EJ Insight writer
  • Paul Chan has been one of the worst performing senior government officials in the Leung administration. According to a recent survey, his performance was rated as "mediocre". Photo: HKEJ

    Why Paul Chan was picked to replace John Tsang

    - Jan 17, 2017 1:55pm
    Anyone with a poor track record and connected interests like Paul Chan is bound to raise questions about his suitability to be Hong Kong’s financial chief. Chan was confirmed to the position by Beijing after he...
  • Causeway Bay bookseller Lam Wing-kee, lawmaker Nathan Law, Van Lam, Derek Lam and Lo Tak-cheong are the faces of defiance against Beijing's latest crackdown on dissent. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook/Demosisto

    Irony of Hong Kong’s human rights situation

    - Jan 12, 2017 4:29pm
    On Wednesday morning, at least seven people were arrested for allegedly taking part in an illegal assembly in November outside the Liaison Office in Sai Wan.  Demosisto said two of its members were taken from their...
  • CY Leung has made it clear that he is unhappy about remarks made in the past by a former lawmaker in reference to China's Communist rulers. Photos: HKEJ

    Why CY Leung won’t abandon his style of politics

    - Jan 11, 2017 3:15pm
    Poor approval ratings and an impending exit from Hong Kong’s top post seem to have made little difference to the work style and attitude of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. After failing to win the support of most...
  • Alliance members stage a protest in front of a giant poster of the Palace Museum at the MTR Hong Kong Station. The banner reads, "Mama, I'm hungry but I can't eat”, taken from a student hunger strike in Beijing in 1989. Photo: HKEJ

    Will Palace Museum become a popular Hong Kong protest site?

    - Jan 10, 2017 12:31pm
    The way things are shaping up, the Hong Kong Palace Museum is likely to become one of the city’s key attractions once it opens its doors to the public several years from now. The museum will...
  • Carrie Lam (inset) did not elaborate on border control in the Lok Ma Chau Loop, saying only that the government might provide identity documents to authorized parties. Photos: HK government

    Are we nearing the end of border controls with China?

    - Jan 5, 2017 2:02pm
    Hong Kong’s integration with mainland China is expected to accelerate in the next few years, with several cross-border infrastructure projects coming on stream. These include the high-speed railway and the just announced Lok Ma Chau Technology...
  • Carrie Lam and Eddy Li (Inset) are the torch bearers of the Palace Museum Project. Li is helping  garner support for  the plan after Lam unilaterally announced it. Photos: HKEJ

    Who is politicising the Palace Museum project?

    - Jan 4, 2017 3:04pm
    The Palace Museum project has become something of a political game. On Tuesday, a group of of antique collectors formed a group in support of the project, saying Hong Kong people should thank the central authorities...
  • Dr. Tan Tieniu (inset) returned to China under the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Hundred Talents Program, a sponsorship scheme launched to attract at least 100 Chinese scientists to return to the country. Photos: HKEJ,

    Why Beijing sent a scientist to its HK liaison office

    - Jan 3, 2017 12:00pm
    In the last two weeks of 2016, Beijing kicked off a round of official reshuffle related to Hong Kong affairs after the appointment of the commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong as...
  • "Chaos" is the top choice for the word that best describes 2016, according to a recent survey. Photo: Bloomberg

    Will Hong Kong get rid of chaos next year?

    - Dec 30, 2016 2:50pm
    Most Hong Kong people are probably looking forward to the end of a chaotic 2016 and hoping that the coming year will be a lot better, especially if we think that our city will have a...
  • Protesters wear masks with the words "689 Step Down", referring to Leung Chun-ying. Photo: HKEJ

    What’s the point of the Jan 1 march?

    - Dec 29, 2016 12:45pm
    It used to be an occasion to demand that CY Leung step down. But now that Leung has said he will not seek reelection, protesters are running out of reasons for the Jan. 1 march. On the...
  • Chief Secretary Carrie Lam (seated, left) and Palace Museum director Dr. Shan Jixiang (seated, right) with other officials at a ceremony marking the Hong Kong Palace Museum deal in Beijing on Dec. 23. Photo: GovHK

    Is Carrie Lam using Palace Museum to run for chief executive?

    - Dec 28, 2016 1:24pm
    Chief Secretary Carrie Lam maintained her silence about her political plans for two weeks after her immediate boss, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, announced his decision not to seek a second term in office.  Then, in a...
  • China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) called Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying “a young and talented leader”. Photo: GovHK

    Is it really good riddance to CY Leung?

    - Dec 22, 2016 1:41pm
    Leung Chun-ying has announced that he won’t run for a second term, but that doesn’t mean he’s become a lame duck. Now that the burden of seeking re-election has been taken off his shoulders, the outgoing...
  • Hong Kong people take to the streets in a July 1 march demanding their voices be heard by Hong Kong and Beijing authorities. Photo: HKEJ

    How will China redefine democracy in Hong Kong and why?

    - Dec 21, 2016 12:01pm
    The Election Committee sub-sector election finished last week and a 1,200-member panel is in place to pick Hong Kong’s next chief executive in March. But the waiting game has just begun. Everything is up in the air...
  • John Tsang (L) resigned a week ago, but he is yet to hear from CY Leung (R) or the bosses in Beijing as to whether the move has been approved. Photo: Reuters

    Did CY Leung block John Tsang resignation approval?

    - Dec 20, 2016 3:14pm
    It’s been more than a week since John Tsang announced his resignation as financial secretary, a move seen as a precursor for him to join the 2017 chief executive race. But as of now, there’s still...
  • Exit polls have been used by both the establishment and pro-democracy camps. Photo: HKEJ

    What’s wrong with conducting exit polls on election day?

    - Dec 15, 2016 12:51pm
    Following the Legislative Council election in September, the government is seeking a review of the so-called strategic voting mechanism that Occupy Movement convener Benny Tai put into action for the pro-democracy camp during the hotly contested political...
  • A hint from Beijing? Former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa gives Carrie Lam a warm hug during a public ceremony on Tuesday. Photos: RTHK, TVB

    Pro-establishment camp split on who should be next HK leader

    - Dec 14, 2016 3:26pm
    With no clear signals from Beijing on who to support in the coming chief executive election, fissures are starting to show in the pro-establishment camp. Things started to pick up after Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying announced...
  • Pan-democrats flashed their strength in their traditional stronghold subsectors such as social welfare. Photo: HKEJ

    How professionals can play kingmaker in CE race

    - Dec 13, 2016 2:21pm
    A day after pan-democrats won 325 seats in the subsector election for the Election Committee, Financial Secretary John Tsang announced his resignation from the government. The pan-democrats’ strong gains, plus the high turnout rate of 46...
  • Woo Kwok-hing, who intends to run for Hong Kong's top job next year, has suggested that more people be involved in choosing the candidate selection panel. Photo: HKEJ

    Enlarging the election committee voter base won’t be enough

    - Dec 8, 2016 4:00pm
    On Sunday, nearly 250,000 qualified voters will go to polling stations to pick their representatives for a 1,200-member-strong committee that will ultimately choose Hong Kong’s next leader in 2017. The exercise, which involves people and companies from 35...
  • Carrie Lam, CY Leung and John Tsang (inset from left) are shown in this 2012 file photos when Leung first took office. Photos: HKEJ

    Is John Tsang savvy enough to take on CY?

    - Dec 7, 2016 2:14pm
    John Tsang was outhustled by Leung Chun-ying and Carrie Lam in the Legislative Council where the financial secretary was caught in an embarrassing U-turn on Monday. After saying that he would not take questions from the four...
  • Donald Trump's tweets regarding Tsai Ing-wen's telephone call speak volumes. The two leaders spoke for 10 minutes. Photos: Reuters, Twitter/Donald Trump

    How Donald Trump shook up the ‘One China’ policy

    - Dec 6, 2016 1:26pm
    When US President-elect Donald Trump took a phone call from Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen last Friday, he signaled a potential shift in the geopolitical relationship between the US, China and Taiwan. The two leaders talked for...
  • Hong Kong is on top of the list largely because of its high scores in economic freedom. Photo: HKEJ

    Is Hong Kong still the freest city in the world?

    - Dec 1, 2016 2:06pm
    For most Hong Kong people, there is an undeniable feeling that their freedom is being taken away bit by bit as Beijing gives top priority to political loyalty even at the expense of personal freedom. The National...

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