Political Ideologies

New appreciation of old 'Asian values'

Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of modern Singapore, came up with the 'Asian values' argument to justify legitimate but non-democratic regimes.

Friday, 20 July, 2012, 12:00am

As mainland drifts away from Marx, questions of where to next

Many political commentators have been advising the leadership in Beijing that with all the developed economies in trouble, it's a good time for China to expand reform.

13 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Time to reflect

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union. For the Chinese Communist Party, that cataclysmic event radically altered how it governed China. Of all the foreign observers of the implosion of the Soviet Union, nobody has devoted as much attention to and tried as hard to extract lessons from the fall of Soviet communism as the Chinese Communist Party.

6 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Crises highlight common need for change in two very different systems

The recent Wenzhou railway incident reflected the usual mainland way of dealing with administrative problems - hushing things up. Hong Kong residents have protested against the cover-up of the truth. However, while the government actions are not wholly acceptable, it is a necessary political act for a communist country.

22 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Late leader's son echoes father's reform call

The son of late reformist leader Hu Yaobang has called for further, bold reform, indirectly expressing his discontent at the leadership's lack of reform initiatives.

27 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

An open market will herald wider freedoms

Despite continuing negative press in recent human rights reports, including the Freedom House survey, China is on a path likely to lead to democracy - eventually.

17 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Too many parties, too few policy ideas

The last thing Hong Kong needs is a new political party. There are too many already. Fellow columnist Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee has much to contribute to Hong Kong politics but the idea that creating parties increases interest and participation in politics is nonsense. It reduces it to politics driven either by personalities or single-issue ideologies.

16 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Rising star's fall shows a party in disarray

The case of Edward Yum Liang-hsien, a League of Social Democrats member who has been arrested on suspicion of rape and indecent assault, has been a hot news item for a couple of weeks.

There has been an obvious rise of news-related infotainment, with the print media today treating most news items as entertainment news to attract readers.

29 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Still waving the red flag

Is China still a communist country? This question is prompted by new figures showing that the state-controlled sector of the economy is expanding and this has encouraged the small army of China watchers to ponder whether past claims of Chinese capitalism's ascendancy remain valid.

4 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Unaccountable leaders can never deliver 'good' governance

Alex Lo is right to note that democracy is a concept with numerous connotations ('Unbalanced minds', January 28) and Western nations can learn much from the willingness of pre-1980s-born Chinese people to work towards a desirable future without an overbearing sense of entitlement.

3 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Changes in portraits yield a telling story

Displaying and carrying huge portraits of the great and the noble has long been an integral tradition of the elaborate celebrations of National Day holidays in communist countries.

The mainland has been no exception, but changes in the faces on the portraits provide a telling story of ideological transformation over the past 60 years.

5 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Recovery, the Asian way

On October 23, last year, Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the US Federal Reserve, was hauled before Congress to testify on the causes underlying the largest financial crisis since the Great Depression in the 1930s.

23 May 2009 - 12:00am

The century of non-ideological Asia

Our generation has been cursed by having to live in extremely interesting times. In less than two decades, we have lived through the death of one mighty ideological god - the Soviet totalitarian version of socialism, and the near death of its opposite - the freewheeling Anglo-Saxon version of capitalism.

7 May 2009 - 12:00am

liberal studies

Reading Comprehension

Answer the following questions

1 What is the Democratic Party's stance on the Domestic Violence Ordinance?

a. it is fair as it is

b. it should only include married couples

c. religious groups should be consulted before making any changes

d. it should include homosexual couples

2 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Not so green

Hongkongers are among the least willing to change their behaviour for a better environment, a survey of 17 countries and regions has found. Do you think Hongkongers should be more eco-friendly? Write to us.

7 Nov 2008 - 12:00am