Date
23 February 2017

SC Yeung

EJ Insight writer
  • When Tung Chee-hwa gave Carrie Lam a hug last year (inset), he sparked speculation Lam was Beijing's preferred candidate for chief executive. Photo: HKEJ, RTHK

    How Beijing is stepping up its campaign to influence election

    - Feb 23, 2017 3:20pm
    It’s quite strange that no chief executive contenders have submitted their nominations to the electoral office until now, seven days before the nomination period ends. However, pro-Beijing loyalists are trying their best to create a scenario...
  • Law professor Gu Ming-kang and pro-Beijing groups assail the two-year jail sentence given to the seven police officers. Photos: HKEJ, CA Legal Exchange Foundation

    How Beijing loyalists are eroding the rule of law in Hong Kong

    - Feb 22, 2017 3:46pm
    Two recent developments in our city’s courts should make us proud to be Hong Kong citizens. They showed to the whole world that the rule of law prevails in our city, which, though under China’s sovereignty,...
  • John Tsang is said to be struggling to secure at least 150 nominations to qualify as a chief executive candidate. Photo: HKEJ

    Will John Tsang suffer from split in democratic camp?

    - Feb 21, 2017 2:55pm
    Nominations of candidates for the March 26 chief executive election will close next week, and there’s a distinct possibility that former financial secretary John Tsang – the most popular among the contenders according to the most...
  • John Tsang has a tough battle on his hands in the CE race despite his high public approval ratings. Photo: Bloomberg

    Labeling John Tsang as CY 3.0 won’t wash

    - Feb 16, 2017 3:34pm
    As the nomination process gathers pace for the chief executive election, supporters of the outgoing leader, Leung Chun-ying, are stepping up efforts to build a case for their preferred candidate, Carrie Lam. Apart from touting the...
  • Carrie Lam's Facebook post drew more than 6,000 reactions within 12 hours. John Tsang's Valentine's Day message received 24,000 "loves" and "likes" on Facebook. Photos: Facebook/Carrie Lam, John Tsang

    The politics of love

    - Feb 15, 2017 12:16pm
    Valentine’s Day was not going to pass without comment from two chief executive hopefuls. Hours after Carrie Lam posted a love letter from her husband to Facebook, John Tsang released his own message saying, “Today let’s...
  • Carrie Lam appears to be leading the race for 150 nominations even as she continues to benefit from lobbying by Beijing's Liaison Office. Photos: HKEJ, Reuters

    Why Carrie Lam won’t say no to Beijing’s meddling

    - Feb 14, 2017 12:55pm
    Today is the start of the two-week nomination process for next month’s chief executive election, and already, it is looking like Carrie Lam’s to lose. Judging from her early support, Lam leads the race to secure...
  • State leader Zhang Dejiang (inset) is said to have told select members of the Election Committee to support chief executive contender Carrie Lam. Photos: HKEJ, Reuters

    Why Beijing is playing down Zhang Dejiang’s Shenzhen visit

    - Feb 9, 2017 2:47pm
    While most of Hong Kong’s mainstream media reported Zhang Dejiang’s recent visit to Shenzhen to meet the city’s elites regarding the chief executive election, Beijing mouthpieces didn’t give much prominence to the news. On Wednesday, a...
  • Long Hair could create a scenario in which neither John Tsang nor Woo Kwok-hing will get the required 150 votes for nomination. Photo: HKEJ

    Long Hair should step back from the race

    - Feb 8, 2017 2:11pm
    Radical democrats are preparing to field Long Hair Leung Kwok-hung as their candidate in next month’s chief executive election. The move comes as Beijing loyalists are trying their best to cement the impression that former chief...
  • John Tsang's crowdfunding page is drawing lots of support from Hong Kong people, while state leader Zhang Dejiang (inset) has reportedly met leaders of the pro-Beijing camp in Shenzhen. Photo: FringeBacker, CNSA

    Can John Tsang turn crowdfunding support into actual votes?

    - Feb 7, 2017 1:41pm
    With the nominating period set to start next week, chief executive aspirants are doing everything to secure the support of Election Committee members. One has to win at least 150 nominations to become a candidate. John...
  • Pan-democrats should show their strength by supporting a rival of administration candidate Carrie Lam. Photo: HKEJ

    Why democrats should choose ‘lesser evil’ and support CE bet

    - Feb 3, 2017 3:16pm
    The nomination process for the chief executive election will kick off in two weeks’ time. Carrie Lam appears confident of obtaining more than the required 150 nominations from the pro-Beijing camp to qualify as a candidate,...
  • Carrie Lam has started throwing brickbats at her chief rival, but her efforts have yet to significantly boost her popularity ratings. Photo: HKEJ

    Carrie Lam, pro-Beijing camp escalate attacks on John Tsang

    - Feb 2, 2017 3:58pm
    It’s as clear as day that the pro-Beijing camp is throwing its support behind Carrie Lam in next month’s chief executive election, although the actual, direct and categorical endorsement may not be forthcoming. Lam is still...
  • Xiao Jianhua has issued a statement denying earlier reports that he had been abducted by mainland agents in Hong Kong and taken across the border. Photos: HKEJ, Bloomberg

    Xiao Jianhua case a tipping point in chief executive election?

    - Feb 1, 2017 12:29pm
    Over the past month or so, Hong Kong’s chief executive hopefuls – Carrie Lam, John Tsang, Regina Ip and Woo Kwok-hing – have made themselves very visible, offering their views on the hot topics of the...
  • The Hong Kong government should uphold the "one country, two systems" principle by insisting on a fair and open election. Photos: Bloomberg, HKEJ

    HK government should uphold election neutrality and fairness

    - Jan 26, 2017 3:29pm
    After chief executive hopeful Carrie Lam denied having asserted in a closed-door event that she was the “chosen one”, a prominent pro-Beijing figure was quoted as saying that it would be disloyal to Beijing if election committee...
  • A cartoon figure of Carrie Lam battles yellow monsters (inset). Lam has to run an inclusive campaign that caters to all Hong Kong people if she wants to win the election. 
Photo: HKEJ, Facebook/We撐林鄭

    Why Carrie Lam should distance herself from Beijing loyalists

    - Jan 25, 2017 12:44pm
    An unofficial fan page supporting Carrie Lam has fired a shot at the opposition camp ostensibly to draw public attention to the former chief secretary as she seeks Hong Kong’s highest office. But the move could...
  • Carrie Lam has denied making remarks attacking her rivals after she appeared to suggest that one or more of them would not be acceptable to Beijing. Photo: HKEJ

    Can Beijing trust Carrie Lam?

    - Jan 24, 2017 12:45pm
    With Beijing’s top leaders tight-lipped on their preferred candidate for Hong Kong chief executive, one contender has created the impression that she is the chosen one. Former chief secretary Carrie Lam, whose statements appear to suggest...
  • Leung Chun-ying delivered a double whammy on his housing policy and the West Kowloon Cultural District project that will saddle future administrations. Photos: HKEJ

    How CY shocked his potential successor with new initiatives

    - Jan 19, 2017 2:38pm
    In his policy address on Wednesday, Leung Chun-ying painted his potential successor into a corner with two policy initiatives that will outlive his term in office and well beyond. These relate to the housing policy and...
  • Ta Kung Pao's and Wen Wei Po's extensive coverage of Carrie Lam (inset). Regina Ip (inset right) broke down at Leung's praise for Lam. John Tsang is expected to announce his candidacy on Thursday. Photos: HKEJ, takungpao.com.hk, wenweipo.co

    John Tsang: All will be answered on Thursday

    - Jan 18, 2017 2:41pm
    All eyes are on John Tsang after his resignation as financial secretary was approved by Beijing on Monday. Several media outlets reported on Tuesday that Tsang is expected to announce his candidacy for Hong Kong chief...
  • 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...

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