Date
23 October 2017

SC Yeung

EJ Insight writer
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping bows before delivering his speech at the opening of the 19th national congress of the Communist Party at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    China’s leader signals end to One Country, Two Systems

    - Oct 19, 2017 12:12pm
    While proclaiming the successful implementation of the “one country, two systems” principle in Hong Kong, and promising to uphold the “high degree of autonomy” in the administrative region, President Xi Jinping made it clear the the...
  • The opposition lost six seats in the legislature after the High Court disqualified six lawmakers for improper oath-taking last year. Photo: Bloomberg

    Democrats must guard against being turned into a lameduck

    - Oct 18, 2017 11:37am
    It seems that the opposition is adopting a friendly approach to the administration of Chief Executive Carrie Lam in order to rebuild trust. However, the democrats should be wary of the fact that the government and...
  • Carrie Lam, pictured here with copies of her maiden policy speech, has drawn criticism after her government barred a British activist from entering Hong Kong last week. Photo: Reuters

    Carrie Lam can’t escape blame over British activist ban saga

    - Oct 17, 2017 2:37pm
    Chief Executive Carrie Lam has defended the move last week to bar a British rights activist from entering Hong Kong, but her remarks have only served to add fuel to the controversy.  During a radio interview...
  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam plans to go on a spending spree to establish harmony in society. Photo: Reuters

    Carrie Lam’s first policy address: Will her spending spree work?

    - Oct 12, 2017 12:04pm
    Chief Executive Carrie Lam sought to deliver a message of hope and harmony in her maiden policy address on Wednesday. She concluded her speech by saying: “As long as we can achieve consensus, and capitalize on our...
  • Hong Kong elections can benefit from technology to ensure a fair and transparent process. Photo: Reuters

    Why smart ID card should be used to uphold fair elections

    - Oct 11, 2017 1:02pm
    The law requires Hong Kong people to bring their identity card at all times under section 17C of the Immigration Ordinance, so it is quite reasonable for voters to bring along their original ID card to...
  • Some political analysts say Beijing’s recent legislation of a national anthem law was mainly prompted by Hong Kong football fans’ 'misbehavior'. Photo: Reuters

    National anthem law: Compulsory expression of patriotism?

    - Oct 10, 2017 12:27pm
    Hong Kong and the United States are embroiled in a deepening controversy over national anthems. In both instances, the issue is not the anthem itself but freedom of expression, particularly the right to protest. In the...
  • Despite a barrage of criticism over a speech he made last month, lawmaker Junius Ho has not toned down his rhetoric against those perceived to be acting against Beijing's interests. Photo: RTHK

    Junius Ho can’t seem to stay away from controversy

    - Oct 6, 2017 4:02pm
    If anyone expected lawmaker Junius Ho to lie low after the controversy last month surrounding his vitriolic outburst against anti-Beijing groups, he has dispelled such hopes quite swiftly. On Wednesday, Ho was back in the media...
  • Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam has been accused of trying to ram through a controversial plan related to a cross-border rail link without proper consultation and debate. Photo: Bloomberg

    Will Carrie Lam win her first battle in Legco?

    - Oct 4, 2017 2:35pm
    Carrie Lam has virtually declared a war on the opposition camp in relation to the government’s controversial plan for a joint checkpoint system for the cross-border high-speed rail link.  On Tuesday, the chief executive announced that...
  • Pro-democracy activists assail Beijing's "authoritarian rule" in Hong Kong during a National Day protest on Sunday. Photo: AFP

    What National Day means to Hong Kong

    - Oct 3, 2017 12:41pm
    October First is the National Day of the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong’s sovereign state since 1997. Government officials and Beijing loyalists mark the day with joyful celebrations, while the opposition stages protests to voice...
  • A file photo shows a group of protesters during Hong Kong's 2014 Umbrella Movement. The pro-democracy sit-ins lasted for 79 days. Photo: Reuters

    Occupy 3rd anniversary: The fight goes on

    - Sep 28, 2017 3:34pm
    Three years ago, on this day, Hong Kong police fired dozens of canisters of tear gas in a bid to clear some streets where thousands of pro-democracy activists had gathered for sit-in protests. The tear gas, followed...
  • The government admits it would be difficult to recover the Express Rail Link's construction cost of HK$86.4 billion through the income generated by the railway service. Photo: MTR

    Will HK lose its global connection without Express Rail Link?

    - Sep 27, 2017 11:21am
    While public attention has been diverted to the latest government programs such as the adoption of container homes, the co-location arrangement for the Express Rail Link should merit our continuing concern as the government has pressed...
  • Political observers believe Zhang Xiaoming (above) was promoted for his hardline approach to the Hong Kong pro-independence movement. Photo: HKEJ

    Will Beijing change its HK policy after key appointments?

    - Sep 26, 2017 12:24pm
    Many Hong Kong people understand that Beijing is in charge of all Hong Kong affairs, but they still choose to trust Beijing’s commitment to “one country, two systems” which grants Hong Kong a certain level of...
  • Hong Kong needs to address some fundamental issues to resolve its housing problem. Stop-gap measures won't do. Photo: Bloomberg

    Housing proposals: Adding insult to injury

    - Sep 21, 2017 3:30pm
    Given the severity of the housing problem in Hong Kong, everyone agrees that authorities need to keep an open mind and consider whatever solutions possible to help alleviate the crisis. Thus, it is not surprising to...
  • Legislator Junius Ho's highly incendiary rhetoric is in keeping with Beijing's virulent stance against Hong Kong independence. Photo: HKEJ

    Junius Ho trips himself up on use of foul language

    - Sep 20, 2017 1:17pm
    It is sad that Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has refused to condemn legislator Junius Ho for his cruel and cold-blooded comments during a pro-Beijing rally at Tamar Park on Sunday. Ho himself didn’t even...
  • Legislator Junius Ho calls for violence against advocates of Hong Kong independence during a rally of Beijing loyalists at Tamar Park on Sunday. Photo: HKEJ

    Beijing loyalists’ hate campaign defies Carrie Lam’s unity call

    - Sep 19, 2017 12:09pm
    Chief Executive Carrie Lam says she wants to heal the divisions in society and has reached out to the opposition to rebuild ties severed by the political reform debate. However, Beijing loyalists appear to have a...
  • A student looks at pro-independence posters that were put up at the Chinese University of Hong Kong recently. Photo: Reuters

    College campuses: Free speech vs political correctness

    - Sep 14, 2017 4:37pm
    As controversy rages over pro-independence banners and posters in college campuses, it is certain that Hong Kong’s establishment camp will step up a fight against what it deems to be subversive activities within the student community....
  • Latest models: (from left) iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X and iPhone 8. Photo: Reuters

    Is iPhone X a game changer?

    - Sep 13, 2017 12:31pm
    Apple has just unveiled a series of products ahead of the holiday season, and the focus is on iPhone X, which marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of the device that has changed the world...
  • The poster  'congratulated' Christine Choi on the death of her son, who was found dead on Thursday in an apparent suicide. Photo: HKEJ

    School campus becomes battleground for political struggle

    - Sep 12, 2017 2:06pm
    No one would have expected that an offensive message targeting Undersecretary for Education Christine Choi posted on the democracy wall at the Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) would develop into a political storm. As it...
  • TVB is facing flak after its infotainment program Scoop made inappropriate references in a discussion related to ‘haunted houses’. Photo: wikipedia

    Memo to TVB: Don’t take your viewers for fools

    - Sep 7, 2017 3:52pm
    Television Broadcasts (TVB), Hong Kong’s biggest television station, has often faced questions about its programming decisions, with the broadcaster accused of insensitivity and poor editorial calls.  Among its offerings that have particularly drawn the ire of the...
  • TECL will pay a HK$1.5 million monthly rental to the government for the land in the next three years. That is up more than 80 percent from the previous rent of HK$825,000 a month. Photo: Bloomberg

    Observation Wheel saga: What is the govt up to?

    - Sep 6, 2017 12:40pm
    The Hong Kong Observation Wheel has been closed for more than a week since the tenancy contract of the previous operator expired without any transitional deal between the old and new operators. The government is trying...

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