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  1. Comment - MY TAKE

    Beijing's problem in Hong Kong is not foreign interference but Western ideas

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 05:22am by Alex Lo

    ... by Beijing's incessant complaints about foreign interference in Hong Kong. It's not Western agents Beijing needs to worry about, but Western ideas, ideals and narratives. And these, once they have ... neo-conservative former deputy defence secretary Paul Wolfowitz. But as a matter of foreign policy for Western countries, it's safe to conclude such influences are vastly exaggerated. London ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Is Hong Kong becoming a protectionist society?

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 05:11am by Alex Lo

    ... considering it ranks 144 economies on such things as infrastructure, education and institutions. But we are left in the dust by Switzerland, which led the index and, horror of horrors, second-placed ... industrial sectors and an ageing population with fewer and fewer working bodies, yet union leaders oppose importing foreign workers. Our private doctors, and the Medical Association which represents ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Coming to terms with our sense of belonging

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 03:11am by Alex Lo

    ... and argue, and get on each other's nerves, as close colleagues inevitably do. Yet, I still feel I am the native Hongkonger and he the foreigner, something he is terribly upset about. Indeed, he ... These may be hidden but never entirely disappear. You venture out of those "liberal" centres, and your "foreignness" becomes pretty apparent. Skin colour still matters because we ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Spinning yarns and creating fictions

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 05:57am by Alex Lo

    ... that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights". But while they may be "fictions", the social and institutional outcomes they produce are very real. The idea is, ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    China's Alibaba is what Western capitalists dream of

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 04:24am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Alibaba is what capitalist's dream of At Manhattan's famed Waldorf Astoria Hotel this week, hundreds of wealthy and powerful investors and fund managers queued to listen to Jack Ma's pitch for the IPO of Alibaba, the mainland e-commerce giant. Many had to wait up to half an hour for the lifts and put up with elaborate security scans ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    When the Hong Kong government becomes the problem

    Posted Aug 30th 2014, 04:46am by Alex Lo

    ... the mainland. I prefer an uglier phrase: pillar institutions. During the heyday of the Asian Tigers, people liked to talk smugly about "Asian values" and why they helped create superior ... they are; they mean different things to different people anyway. The real challenge of this generation is to make sure the core institutions that underpin our society adapt to rapidly changing ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Are some Hong Kong pan-democrats stepping away from the brink?

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 05:06am by Alex Lo

    ... Hong Kong people may be adopting this particular foreign influence. No less a pan-democrat than Benny Tai Yiu-ting, the co-founder of Occupy Central, has made that assessment and appears ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Proposal for 2017 chief executive poll is worse than current system

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 04:54am by Alex Lo

    ... and democratically legitimate. We could accept having just two to three formal candidates, but were hoping they would not need at least half- that is endorsement from 600 members- to qualify for the poll. ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Hong Kong students protest too much over Occupy Central

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 04:01am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Our students do protest too much Dostoevsky poses an eternal, unanswerable question at the start of Crime and Punishment: why do so many university students commit to radical politics when they could have made far better use of their time enriching their mind and soul by focusing on their studies? When I was a foreign college student in the US, I got involved ...

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    Hong Kong Law Society president Ambrose Lam falls on own sword

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 04:45am by Alex Lo

    ... have alleged? Experts as politically diverse as Basic Law Institute chairman Alan Hoo, SC; Chatham House senior consulting fellow and former British diplomat Tim Summers; and associate law ...




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