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Who's a real patriot? Who cares!

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

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

What's being said on facebook.com/southchinamorningpost

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

17 Apr 2013 - 3:25am

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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 14 comments

Patriotic appeal states the obvious

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