Frank Ching

Not our way

In his first question-and-answer session in the Legislative Council, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying refused to take a position on the death of mainland dissident Li Wangyang , saying that because of 'one country, two systems', it is inappropriate for him to comment.

Wednesday, 18 July, 2012, 12:00am

No meddling?

In 10 days, Hong Kong will mark the 15th anniversary of the end of British colonial rule and its return to Chinese sovereignty. Many who thought Hong Kong's rights and freedoms would be curtailed have been proved wrong.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Who stays?

Chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying has said he 'cannot guarantee' that children born in Hong Kong to mainland mothers will have the right of abode. This issue reflects the conflict between Hong Kong and the mainland in interpreting the Basic Law. The problem has endured for over a decade and needs to be resolved soon.

23 May 2012 - 12:00am

Missing link

Sunday's district council elections attracted much interest because the councils' importance has been heightened by the reform package passed last year, with five councillors to be elected to the legislature and 117 to sit on the Election Committee that will choose the chief executive.

9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Common touch

The Hong Kong government, in its eagerness to please Beijing by providing over-the-top security for Vice-Premier Li Keqiang, has shot itself in the foot and, in the process, may well have shot the Politburo Standing Committee member's foot as well.

14 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

There's no easy route to political success

The stunning defeat of the pan-democratic camp in the district council elections shows at least two things. One, voters reward those who work hard to serve them. Two, there is little future for single-issue parties.

27 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

No method in the madness of officials

If there is any truth to the saying, often attributed to the ancient Greek writer Euripides, that 'whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad', then Hong Kong may be seriously courting destruction.

6 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

The big thaw

For over a decade, attempts to find conciliation on the Korean Peninsula have been bedevilled by one obstacle after another. Then suddenly, this month, we saw breakthroughs. First, North Korea committed itself to disabling its nuclear facilities by the end of the year, and giving a full account of its nuclear programmes.

10 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

A tighter grip

Beijing announced a crackdown on 'false news reports, unauthorised publications and bogus journalists' this month. The measure, which came in the wake of a fake story about cardboard being used instead of meat in steamed buns, was reportedly meant to encourage a 'healthy and harmonious environment for a successful 17th Party Congress'.

29 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Stop penalising employers of foreign maids

Almost four years ago, the government cut the minimum wage of foreign domestic helpers by HK$400 a month and, at the same time, imposed a HK$400 a month levy on their employers. The net effect was that maids lost HK$400 a month, the government got richer by that amount and employers came out even.

24 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Democracy with Chinese characteristics?

The remarks by chairman of the National People's Congress Wu Bangguo to the effect that the extent of Hong Kong's autonomy is decided by Beijing underline a reality that may not be palatable to some people. However, that is the reality.

12 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

False optimism on Tibet?

For the first time since the Dalai Lama's representatives and those of the mainland government started talks in 2002, the Tibetan religious leader's chief envoy has provided an in-depth account of the hitherto secret discussions in a talk at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

13 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

When state secrets are the rule

The sentencing of Hong Kong journalist Ching Cheong to five years in prison is one in a flurry of cases that suggest China is backtracking on human rights. Ching was convicted in the wake of jail sentences for blind activist Chen Guangcheng and New York Times researcher Zhao Yan .

6 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Don't waste our talent

Belatedly, the Hong Kong government has woken up to the fact that our population is ageing and that something needs to be done about it. The Council for Sustainable Development is now consulting the public on how to address the declining fertility rate, the ageing of the population and the longer life expectancy.

20 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Have trust in our judges

The current debate on part-time judges, and whether they have the right to join political parties, needs to be put in perspective.

To begin with, judges are members of the Hong Kong community and have all the rights of ordinary citizens. Those include freedom of association.

29 Jun 2006 - 12:00am