Think Tank

Think-tank veteran Wang Huning to retain influence despite lack of portfolio

Wang Huning

At first glance, Wang Huning is the biggest loser as the only Politburo member without a portfolio. But the former academic will still be an influential figure as director of the Central Policy Research Office, a think tank he has headed for more than a decade.

Sunday, 17 March, 2013, 5:59am

Central Policy Unit has always served government of the day, analysts say

Illustration: Adolfo Arranz

When Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying delivers his maiden policy address a week from today, there is little doubt that the fingerprints of the man tasked with leading the government's think tank will be all over it.

9 Jan 2013 - 5:17am

Hong Kong's Central Policy Unit think tank needs a rethink

Members of Hong Kong Federation of Students Petition on Leung Chun-ying expending Central Policy Unit's power. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Public servants are not known for having a strong appetite for additional work. So a department seeking to expand its roles to do more should win applause and commendation. Intriguingly, however, this is not the case for the Central Policy Unit (CPU). That the government's policy think tank has become the target of criticism suggests something is clearly amiss with its new direction.

8 Dec 2012 - 2:37am

Legco queries purpose of think tank's new HK$2.8m post

Central Policy Unit head Shiu Sin-por. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

A new, salaried position that an official think tank is proposing to create may be meant as a channel to rally Hongkongers' support for the government, according to pan-democratic lawmakers.

Some legislators were also riled by repeated comments from Central Policy Unit head Shiu Sin-por acknowledging his agency was a "government tool".

20 Nov 2012 - 4:50am 1 comment

Think tanks should play bigger role in policymaking

Some of Bauhinia Foundation's proposals won government support and became public policy.

Hong Kong has no shortage of bodies specialising in public policy research. They range from well-established university institutes to independent think tanks financed by private donations. Over the years, their role in governance and politics has become increasingly important. Some have generated high-quality studies and stimulated healthy debate on issues of public concern.

11 Nov 2012 - 2:51am

Bauhinia think tank may lower profile

Anthony Wu has ended his five-year chairmanship of the Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

A major supporter of chief-executive contender Henry Tang Ying-yen has quietly stepped down as chairman of a once-key think tank that reportedly intends to keep a lower profile under the new administration.

Anthony Wu Ting-yuk ended his five-year chairmanship of the Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre on September 17, but the news was announced only on the centre's website.

29 Oct 2012 - 6:37am

The challenge of thinking big

A common belief about Hong Kong is that people are only concerned about making money and spending it. It's a place for doers, not thinkers. It's the trader and tycoon who get respect, not the theorist.

2 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Owning property is top goal of the young

The top two goals among young people are to own a property and earn more money, a survey has found. They prefer working for the government and are not interested in getting a job that broadens their horizons towards the mainland or the world.

15 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

An uncanny likeness as government and Bauhinia double up

The Bauhinia Foundation is usually described as having close ties to Lower Albert Road, the seat of government power.

If the foundation puts out a research paper, you can be sure its recommendations will become government policy before you finish reading them.

2 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Cross-strait military ties may benefit from think tank

Taiwan's military has set up an office to prepare for the establishment of a think tank that could pave the way for future exchanges with the People's Liberation Army and a cross-strait confidence-building mechanism.

The National Defence Think Tank - the first to be established by Taiwan's military - will study the PLA and other military and security issues.

10 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Global summit showcases new think tank

Beijing kicked off a three-day Global Think Tank Summit on Wednesday evening, to showcase its newly established 'super think tank' - the China Centre for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE).

4 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Academics - from persecution to think-tanks

Before 1978, Chinese academics and intellectuals had no say in politics or policymaking. They were seen as an inferior class in the socialist society and repeatedly humiliated in the many political campaigns under late leader Mao Zedong's extreme leftist rule.

3 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Helping hand

A think-tank says Hongkongers living on the other side of the border should receive education and medical benefits. Given the economic crisis, is this the right time to implement such a policy? Write to us.

17 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

HK$80m pledge to boost public policy research at universities

The government plans to spend HK$80 million over the next four years to foster more public policy research at universities.

This is on top of HK$60 million set aside since 2005 under the Public Policy Research Funding Scheme, which aims to boost Hong Kong's policy making capabilities.

11 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Think-tanks have valuable role to play

In an era where democracy is so much discussed, it is an anomaly that the mechanism of planning Hong Kong's future is dictated by so few people. More than a decade after the end of British colonial rule, the elite of the civil service, administrative officers, are still directing government policy.

6 Feb 2008 - 12:00am