Date
14 November 2018

Li Tsz-chung

HKEJ contributor
  • Japanese PM Shinzo Abe speaks with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Oct. 26. Pool photo via Reuters

    Can China and Japan ever become real friends?

    - Nov 8, 2018 5:52pm
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe paid an official visit to China two weeks ago and had a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing. At first glance, it looked like Beijing and Tokyo were back...
  • A cross-border high-speed train waits for passengers at the West Kowloon terminus in Hong Kong after the service was launched on Sept. 23. The rail line helps push China’s plan for greater linkages with the Greater Bay Area. Photo: Reuters

    Why we need rail investments

    - Nov 2, 2018 6:19pm
    Hong Kong saw two key infrastructure facilities put into operation within the span of a month. One was the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) and the other was the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB). The XRL,...
  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam is the only chief executive so far to see the passage of a motion of thanks in Legco in the first year in office. Photo: HKEJ

    Lam likely to get another Legco thumbs-up for policy address

    - Oct 26, 2018 6:03pm
    Every year, the Legislative Council has to vote on two important proposals: a “motion of thanks” routinely moved by the chairperson of the House Committee following the announcement of that year’s policy address by the chief...
  • The government's performance after Super Typhoon Mangkhut ravaged the city drew a lot of flak from the community. Photo: HKEJ

    The lessons our government should learn from Mangkhut

    - Oct 5, 2018 1:24pm
    Thanks to our government’s precautionary measures and alerts, the recent Super Typhoon Mangkhut caused not a single death in Hong Kong, something that Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung has considered a miracle and former Hong Kong...
  • The Hong Kong government needs to take some measures to rebuild trust and understanding between the administration and the citizens, observers say. Photo: HKEJ

    How govt can build stronger bonds with the community

    - Sep 13, 2018 2:27pm
    The late US president John F. Kennedy once said, “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” What he laid out was a very noble ideal,...
  • The government should streamline its current policies to encourage public-private partnerships as a means to boost land supply. Photo: ISD

    PPPs present viable means to substantially boost land supply

    - Sep 5, 2018 12:12pm
    According to a public consultation paper published by the Task Force on Land Supply, Hong Kong’s land shortage is estimated to reach 815 hectares by 2026 and worsen to 1,200 hectares by 2046. Even if the...
  • London’s daily fare capping scheme is one thing we can consider for our own  public transport system. Photo: CNSA/Reuters

    What Hong Kong can learn from London transport system

    - Aug 24, 2018 6:45pm
    Following the raging scandals and major accidents plaguing our public transport system, I decided to travel to London this summer to take a closer look at the city’s public transport network and try to find out...
  • A file picture shows Hong Kong delegation to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games entering a stadium for the opening ceremony. Authorities are facing growing calls for state help to ensure continued free TV broadcasts of major sporting events. Photo: Reuters

    Why it’ll be good if govt buys TV rights for key sporting events

    - Aug 13, 2018 12:52pm
    As prices have soared for broadcast rights of major international sporting events in recent years, privately owned free-to-air TV networks in Hong Kong have become increasingly reluctant to spend money on such programming. As a result,...
  • Hong Kong as an independent economic entity under the “one country, two systems” principle would have a key role to play in helping Beijing to break out of the encirclement imposed by the West. Photo: Xinhua/AFP

    Why Sino-US trade war would bring new opportunities for HK

    - Jul 31, 2018 1:12pm
    After the launch of economic reforms in 1979, China focused its energy on implementing them throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. Since then Beijing had largely adopted a low profile on the global scene and avoided getting...
  • Should our school exams still continue to emphasize rote learning when human memory power is becoming increasingly irrelevant in the age of the internet? Photo: China Daily

    Time to reform our obsolete school exam model

    - Jul 23, 2018 10:18am
    In ancient times, particularly in Imperial China, memorization was the single most important skill when it comes to school or civil service examinations. Sadly, more than a thousand years on, things have remained largely unchanged, with...
  • Big-name Chinese clubs have been eagerly spending tens of millions of dollars importing star foreign players. Photo: China Daily

    How China can realize its ‘soccer dream’

    - Jul 5, 2018 10:58am
    As the World Cup was underway in full swing, there was talk among mainland soccer fans about one thing in common between the US and China. That is, that despite being the world’s two largest economies...
  • As China strives to boost its science and technology capabilities, Hong Kong is expected to play a key role in helping the nation realize its dream. Photo: Bloomberg

    Hong Kong and the ‘China Dream’

    - Jun 6, 2018 10:58am
    For thousands of years, China, the “Middle Kingdom”, had remained a self-sufficient continental power founded and dependent almost entirely upon agriculture. Despite continued invasions by different nomadic tribes from the north over the centuries, China had...
  • Among the  options put forward by the Task Force on Land Supply is tapping into the private agricultural land reserve owned by property developers to build new homes through PPPs. Photo: HKEJ

    Why the fuss about PPPs?

    - May 31, 2018 11:30am
    The government’s Task Force on Land Supply recently put forward 18 land supply options for public discussion. Among the options is tapping into the private agricultural land reserve owned by property developers to build new homes through...
  • Supporters of the Fanling golf course say taking back land from the facility and using it for housing would undermine the cause of sport in Hong Kong. Photo: HKEJ

    Why we must keep the Fanling golf course

    - May 4, 2018 11:10am
    The Task Force on Land Supply recently released a consultation paper in which it put forward for discussion 18 different options regarding the short, medium and long-term land supply in the city. Among the most controversial...
  • Government bureaucrats in Hong Kong are so resistant to new ideas, challenges and inventions for fear of making mistakes. Photo: Bloomberg

    Lack of ‘reform spirit’ shackling Hong Kong in tech era

    - Apr 26, 2018 11:51am
    Throughout ancient and modern Chinese history, political leaders who embarked on bold reforms often ended up either dead or in jail. In Hong Kong, government bureaucrats are so resistant to new ideas, challenges and inventions for fear...
  • A lot of multinational corporations have moved their Asian headquarters from Hong Kong to other places in the region. Photo: Bloomberg

    How mainland cities are becoming HK’s major competitors

    - Mar 1, 2018 4:37pm
    For decades, many people in Hong Kong have regarded Singapore as our major competitor in the region, and the two cities do share quite a lot in common. For example, both Hong Kong and Singapore are...
  • The punishment meted out to Agnes Chow, who has been barred from Legco by-elections, is likely to prompt pro-democracy activists into toning down their rhetoric. Photo: HKEJ

    Chow disqualification: What does it bode for our politics?

    - Feb 9, 2018 12:11pm
    With Agnes Chow Ting of Demosistō party barred from running in the upcoming Legislative Council by-elections, it indicates that Beijing has zero tolerance for not only independence advocacy but also for any suggestion of “democratic self-determination”...
  • The government should build a territory-wide free WiFi network to enable our citizens to adopt information technologies in their everyday lives. Photo: GovHK

    How the government should spend its huge surplus

    - Jan 24, 2018 11:42am
    Hong Kong’s stock market continues to surge and shows no sign of slowing down. Apart from positive external factors such as the sudden and dramatic easing of the North Korea nuclear crisis and US President Donald...
  • According to a study published by Hong Kong's transport authorities last year, a new luxury bus service should ensure three things: 1. Offer a more comfortable journey to passengers; 2. Provide a more rapid service, and 3. Offer more facilities insid

    Luxury bus lines: Why not?

    - Jan 18, 2018 11:19am
    The Hong Kong government has proposed allowing the launch a new luxury bus service that would see fares pegged 50 percent higher than the city’s existing public bus fleets. The proposal immediately drew fire from a...
  • A ruling by China's parliament in relation to special joint checkpoint arrangements for a cross-border express rail ink has been slammed in Hong Kong as 'the most retrograde step to date in the implementation of the Basic Law.' Photo: Bloom

    Time for Hong Kong people to wake up to reality

    - Jan 12, 2018 10:30am
    More than 20 years after Hong Kong’s return to Chinese rule, a planned “co-location arrangement” in relation to a cross-border express rail link is causing the biggest ripple of shock in Hong Kong under the “One...

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