20 August 2018

Li Tsz-chung

HKEJ contributor
  • 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...
  • Beijing will never agree to full-scale democracy in Hong Kong, given fears of separatism. Photo: Bloomberg

    If you can’t beat them, join them

    - Nov 16, 2017 11:47am
    Everybody knows that Beijing is unlikely to allow Hong Kong to have genuine democracy. It is because the “celestial empire” mentality still very much prevails among our Beijing leaders, under which they are always mindful of...
  • Hong Kong can at best churn out 28,000 new homes every year, including PRH units. Photo: HKEJ

    Time for drastic review of housing policy

    - Nov 10, 2017 10:48am
    Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor sparked a firestorm of controversy with her remark during a media interview that when the stock of public rental housing (PRH) flats reaches 800,000, it would be sufficient to satisfy...
  • The highest form of learning is 'happy learning', under which once a person's interest in a particular subject is sparked, they will start digging deeper and deeper into that subject and have fun doing it. Photo: HKEJ

    Why standard learning hours is a bad idea

    - Sep 19, 2017 9:59am
    Recently, some groups have proposed legislating for “standard learning hours” as a solution to the mounting study-related stress among our students, which they believe could lie at the root of teen suicides. According to the proposal,...
  • Many of the highly polluting industrial plants and intensive farms currently in Beijing will be relocated to Xiongan. Photo: Reuters

    Can man really prevail over nature?

    - Apr 11, 2017 10:42am
    The media hype over the proposed Xiongan New Area has triggered a frenzy of buying into stocks related to the development program, which officials have referred to as a monumental state project that will have implications for...
  • Compared with John Tsang (left), Woo Kwok-hing (right) is a weaker contender against CY Leung (center). Photos: HKEJ, Reuters

    CE election: One candidate, two, or three?

    - Nov 8, 2016 12:53pm
    Under the Basic Law, Hong Kong is entitled to 50 years of high degree of autonomy. And Beijing did keep its promise, not interfering in our internal affairs during the early days after the 1997 handover....
  • The Liberal Party only secured four seats in the Legco election, but if it breaks ranks with other pro-Beijing parties on particular issues, that can reduce the total number of votes the government can secure to a razor-thin majority over the opposition.

    Liberal Party and Democratic Party: The decisive minority

    - Sep 14, 2016 10:55am
    With the Legislative Council election over, let’s take stock of the election results and assess their implications for the political scene in our city over the next four years. The voter turnout hit a record 58...

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