Who's a real patriot? Who cares!

Yu Zhengsheng. Photo: Xinhua

This "patriot" word game is getting tiresome. But it should at least have ended for now with the June 4 vigil that was held last week when organisers were forced by "self-autonomy" activists to drop any mention of it in their slogans.

Monday, 10 June, 2013, 3:38am 4 comments

Love of people and country is intrinsic to June 4 rally

A statue depicting the Goddess of Democracy is displayed during a vigil held to mark the 24th anniversary of the 1989 crackdown at Tiananmen Square, in Hong Kong. Photo: AFP

As the rain hammered down and the sky was punctured by lightning, it did not deter the many thousands of stout-hearted Hong Kong people who squeezed into Victoria Park on Tuesday to commemorate the June 4 massacre of democracy protesters in Beijing.

8 Jun 2013 - 2:11am 3 comments

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Hong Kong's air pollution recorded 'very high' at all three roadside stations. Photo: Bloomberg

On roadside air pollution levels soaring to dangerous heights on Monday, and the meaning of patriotism as it relates to Hong Kong's future.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm

Patriotism seems straightforward, but not in debate on Hong Kong's future

Illustration: Adolfo Arranz

The meaning of the word patriotism seems straightforward, but not so in the debate on Hong Kong' s future, where it has a long history of flux.

12 Apr 2013 - 4:52am 1 comment

HK's young politicos confident in patriotism, divided on one-party rule

Dominic Lee

They are Hong Kong's politicians of the future and, despite coming from different parties, they all consider themselves patriots. But while each has no problem defining their idea of patriotism, they differ on whether a true patriot would call for an end to one-party rule.

12 Apr 2013 - 4:52am 1 comment

Hong Kong has no need for patriots who don't know right from wrong

Wang Guangya, Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office. Photo: Simon Song

On March 26, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying was finally pressured to "confess" to phoning Beijing ahead of announcing the new stamp duty for non-local homebuyers. "Notifying" Wang Guangya, director of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, was an act of "internal diplomacy", according to Leung, and he denied seeking approval from Beijing on this matter.

12 Apr 2013 - 3:12am 1 comment

What's wrong with requiring the Hong Kong chief executive to be patriotic?

Qiao Xiaoyang. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Although the central government and Hong Kong citizens have reached a mutual consensus that there will be universal suffrage, how the chief executive election in 2017 should be conducted has aroused considerable controversy in our community.

10 Apr 2013 - 3:20am 4 comments

Patriotism need not be laid out in law: Elsie Leung

Elsie Leung Oi-sie

The city's chief executive must be a person who loves the country and Hong Kong to ensure good governance, but it is not necessary to set out this criterion in law, a Beijing-loyalist heavyweight says.

Elsie Leung Oi-sie, a deputy director of the Basic Law Committee, said the chief executive would not care about the betterment of the city if he did not love his homeland.

21 Mar 2013 - 4:05am 2 comments

Hong Kong needs to get real on national interest

Chinese President Xi Jinping

National interest means different things to different people. So it's interesting that President Xi Jinping cited it in his maiden speech as head of state to urge Hong Kong and Macau to rally behind the country.

19 Mar 2013 - 4:27am 13 comments

Patriotic appeal states the obvious

Yu Zhengsheng. Photo: Xinhua

For some in Hong Kong, the truth can be hard to swallow. State officials have several times over the past week reiterated a long-standing dictum that whoever leads our city has to be able to work with Beijing. Their comments have rekindled a debate that raged nine years ago over patriotism and the criteria for choosing our chief executive and lawmakers.

8 Mar 2013 - 3:48am 1 comment

Henry Tang: All Hongkongers who love the country and city can stand for chief exec

Former chief secretary Henry Tang says most Hongkongers would qualify to run for chief executive in 2017. Photo: SCMP

The newly elected member of Beijing's top advisory body said yesterday that anyone who cared about the country and Hong Kong's development could be viewed as loving the nation and the SAR - conditions laid down by Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference spokesman Lu Xinhua on Saturday for the chief executive to be elected by universal suffrage in 2017.

4 Mar 2013 - 8:43am 3 comments

Civility v patriotism in Hong Kong courts

Social activist Koo Sze-yiu outside court. Photo: Thomas Chan

I learned something new about Hong Kong this month: in this great city, in our law-abiding society, if you really must burn something, better that it be your neighbour's dog than the national flag.

28 Feb 2013 - 3:37am 2 comments

Beijing failed HK administrations on patriotism, says ex-think tank chief

Former Central Policy Unit chief Lau Siu-kai. Photo: David Wong

The administrations of Tung Chee-hwa and Donald Tsang Yam-kuen never fully responded to Beijing's call to groom "patriotic forces" in Hong Kong, a former top government adviser says.

30 Oct 2012 - 2:51am 4 comments

Patriotism, Hong Kong style

Patriotism, Hong Kong style

The debate on national education continues to polarise the community. Even though Anna Wu Hung-yuk's implementation committee has provided a way out for the government by declaring the curriculum guide for moral and national education unnecessary, the chief executive hesitates to take the final step and withdraw it.

2 Oct 2012 - 2:50am 4 comments

‘De-Sinofication’ debate re-emerges in HK

Protesters in Sheung Shui last week wave the Union Jack. Photo: David Wong

Attempts to “de-Sinofy” Hong Kong are becoming all too familiar, according to a Beijing-loyalist businessman who warned on Wednesday against efforts to turn it into a city-state.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am