Alex Lo

Alex Lo has been a Post columnist since 2012, covering major issues affecting Hong Kong and the rest of China. A journalist for 25 years, he has worked for various publications in Hong Kong and Toronto as a news reporter and editor. He has also lectured in journalism at the University of Hong Kong.
Alex Lo
Alex Lo has been a Post columnist since 2012, covering major issues affecting Hong Kong and the rest of China. A journalist for 25 years, he has worked for various publications in Hong Kong and Toronto as a news reporter and editor. He has also lectured in journalism at the University of Hong Kong.

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My Take | Police must not forget they protect everyone

Sickening attack on anti-government protesters and bystanders at city subway station has led to questions as to why officers took so long to respond

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Sickening attack on anti-government protesters and bystanders at city subway station has led to questions as to why officers took so long to respond

Police must not forget they protect everyone
My Take | Criminal gangs and rioters are undermining Hong Kong’s rule of law

On the night black-clad protesters took their fight to Beijing’s liaison office in the city, thugs in white T-shirts were attacking people at a subway station

23 Jul 2019 - 9:30AM

On the night black-clad protesters took their fight to Beijing’s liaison office in the city, thugs in white T-shirts were attacking people at a subway station

Criminal gangs and rioters are undermining Hong Kong’s rule of law
My Take | How to promote terrorist wannabes

When you excuse and justify violence and riots, those involved feel emboldened and vindicated.

21 Jul 2019 - 11:12PM

When you excuse and justify violence and riots, those involved feel emboldened and vindicated.

How to promote terrorist wannabes
My Take | Sex workers and the dead next targets of anti-China rallies?

Protesters are doing all they can to keep mainlanders away from city by targeting sites from Tsim Sha Tsui to Disneyland and even seedy streets of Yau Tsim Mong

19 Jul 2019 - 11:01PM

Protesters are doing all they can to keep mainlanders away from city by targeting sites from Tsim Sha Tsui to Disneyland and even seedy streets of Yau Tsim Mong

Sex workers and the dead next targets of anti-China rallies?
My Take | Desperate measures needed in time of crisis

An efficient civil service must step in to do work of non-functioning government and city has to join together to dig itself out of hole

18 Jul 2019 - 10:18PM

An efficient civil service must step in to do work of non-functioning government and city has to join together to dig itself out of hole

Desperate measures needed in time of crisis
My Take | Time ripe for leadership and reconciliation

Commission needs to look into sources of recent violence from all sides, identify problems and come up with solutions without laying blame

17 Jul 2019 - 9:00PM

Commission needs to look into sources of recent violence from all sides, identify problems and come up with solutions without laying blame

Time ripe for leadership and reconciliation
My Take | Police should go home and let young riot

Apologists for violence at shopping centre in which officer’s finger was bitten off are now blaming everyone except the ‘barbarians’ who were behind it

16 Jul 2019 - 10:52PM

Apologists for violence at shopping centre in which officer’s finger was bitten off are now blaming everyone except the ‘barbarians’ who were behind it

Police should go home and let young riot
My Take | Hong Kong youngsters are mortgaging their future

Protesters have to realise they are becoming more violent, not the police.

16 Jul 2019 - 12:28PM

Protesters have to realise they are becoming more violent, not the police.

Hong Kong youngsters are mortgaging their future
My Take | Righteous belief does not excuse violence

Violent elements ready to fight police and destroy public property with well-honed tactics and organisation are undermining what started off as a perfectly legitimate and justified mass movement

14 Jul 2019 - 10:13PM

Violent elements ready to fight police and destroy public property with well-honed tactics and organisation are undermining what started off as a perfectly legitimate and justified mass movement

Righteous belief does not excuse violence
My Take | Canada fears paying price over Huawei

Both Beijing and Ottawa are hoping Canadian court will release Sabrina Meng Wanzhou and unfreeze diplomatic relations, failure to do so will have painful repercussions

12 Jul 2019 - 10:43PM

Both Beijing and Ottawa are hoping Canadian court will release Sabrina Meng Wanzhou and unfreeze diplomatic relations, failure to do so will have painful repercussions

Canada fears paying price over Huawei
US finds its enemy of the moment in China
My Take | ‘Gag order’ on US envoy puts duo in shade

Media spotlight may have been on international appearances of pro-democracy pair, but more significant event appears to have taken place closer to home

10 Jul 2019 - 10:55PM

Media spotlight may have been on international appearances of pro-democracy pair, but more significant event appears to have taken place closer to home

‘Gag order’ on US envoy puts duo in shade
My Take | Pan-democrat votes destroyed in rally violence

The political fortunes of the opposition brightened when hundreds of thousands of people peacefully took to the streets, now they have dimmed

9 Jul 2019 - 10:09PM

The political fortunes of the opposition brightened when hundreds of thousands of people peacefully took to the streets, now they have dimmed

Pan-democrat votes destroyed in rally violence
My Take | Divided city needs to hear chords of compromise

Political views of singers should not stop you from enjoying their music, and it’s never the case that one side is completely right and the other wrong

8 Jul 2019 - 10:28PM

Political views of singers should not stop you from enjoying their music, and it’s never the case that one side is completely right and the other wrong

Divided city needs to hear chords of compromise
My Take | Of course foreign forces are at work in Hong Kong

Local opposition figures may laugh off such claims, but that doesn’t make them untrue as two incidents from last month may well show

7 Jul 2019 - 11:13PM

Local opposition figures may laugh off such claims, but that doesn’t make them untrue as two incidents from last month may well show

Of course foreign forces are at work in Hong Kong
My Take | Hunt stirs a diplomatic storm in a teacup

The British foreign secretary has been pounding his chest and threatening ‘serious consequences’ for China if it dares unleash repression on extradition bill protesters. This may make Hunt look more important than he is, but it will mean absolutely nothing here in Hong Kong.

6 Jul 2019 - 5:30AM

The British foreign secretary has been pounding his chest and threatening ‘serious consequences’ for China if it dares unleash repression on extradition bill protesters. This may make Hunt look more important than he is, but it will mean absolutely nothing here in Hong Kong.

Hunt stirs a diplomatic storm in a teacup
My Take | How young people turned into thugs

Despite forcing the suspension of extradition bill, clueless political elders refused to tell those who protested they had won, leading to vandalism of legislature

4 Jul 2019 - 10:27PM

Despite forcing the suspension of extradition bill, clueless political elders refused to tell those who protested they had won, leading to vandalism of legislature

How young people turned into thugs
My Take | Worse to come after sympathy for Legco vandals

Youngsters who attacked legislature were driven by a mob mentality and deserve punishment and criticism, not glorification

3 Jul 2019 - 11:10PM

Youngsters who attacked legislature were driven by a mob mentality and deserve punishment and criticism, not glorification

Worse to come after sympathy for Legco vandals
My Take | A few hooligans are blackening the name of an admirable mass movement

World was in awe when hundreds of thousands of people protested in city streets peacefully and with dignity, but a subset of violent individuals is now sending out a different message

2 Jul 2019 - 10:36PM

World was in awe when hundreds of thousands of people protested in city streets peacefully and with dignity, but a subset of violent individuals is now sending out a different message

A few hooligans are blackening the name of an admirable mass movement
My Take | Enough is enough before more are hurt

While the extradition bill, now suspended indefinitely, and its related issues may be a cause worth fighting for, it is not worth dying for

1 Jul 2019 - 11:23PM

While the extradition bill, now suspended indefinitely, and its related issues may be a cause worth fighting for, it is not worth dying for

Enough is enough before more are hurt
My Take | Yesterday’s heroes are today’s villains

Former high-flyers such as Carrie Lam and Li Ka-shing, who seemingly could do no wrong, have now overstayed their welcome

30 Jun 2019 - 10:30PM

Former high-flyers such as Carrie Lam and Li Ka-shing, who seemingly could do no wrong, have now overstayed their welcome

Yesterday’s heroes are today’s villains
My Take | What if Carrie Lam is allowed to quit?

While it’s true that there is no one with enough substance and experience to be chief executive, having a harmless bureaucrat or a moderate in a caretaker role for the next three years may be a better option for all than having Lam stay on

28 Jun 2019 - 10:16PM

While it’s true that there is no one with enough substance and experience to be chief executive, having a harmless bureaucrat or a moderate in a caretaker role for the next three years may be a better option for all than having Lam stay on

What if Carrie Lam is allowed to quit?
My Take | Hong Kong police show they are still Asia’s finest

Officers exercised extraordinary restraint when protesters besieged their headquarters, and those Western countries that criticise them should look at the behaviour of their own forces first

27 Jun 2019 - 11:16PM

Officers exercised extraordinary restraint when protesters besieged their headquarters, and those Western countries that criticise them should look at the behaviour of their own forces first

Hong Kong police show they are still Asia’s finest
My Take | Opposition risks overplaying its hand

Mass rallies involving hundreds of thousands had a very specific target – the extradition bill – but the latest protests look increasingly aimless, self-indulgent and disruptive

26 Jun 2019 - 10:59PM

Mass rallies involving hundreds of thousands had a very specific target – the extradition bill – but the latest protests look increasingly aimless, self-indulgent and disruptive

Opposition risks overplaying its hand
My Take | Backers of wrong horse in bill race fear fall

Pro-government forces that supported the now suspended extradition bill are angry and showing their displeasure at the government of Carrie Lam as elections loom

25 Jun 2019 - 11:08PM

Pro-government forces that supported the now suspended extradition bill are angry and showing their displeasure at the government of Carrie Lam as elections loom

Backers of wrong horse in bill race fear fall
My Take | Middle path proves hazardous for Canada

By siding diplomatically with Washington, but also wanting to further Ottawa’s economic interests with China, Prime Minister Trudeau must tread carefully

24 Jun 2019 - 10:23PM

By siding diplomatically with Washington, but also wanting to further Ottawa’s economic interests with China, Prime Minister Trudeau must tread carefully

Middle path proves hazardous for Canada
My Take | 2047 may be a more fateful date than 1997

If Beijing is trying to convince Taiwan of the viability of the ‘one country, two systems’ arrangement, we need to convince the central government it is worthwhile to keep it intact for Hong Kong

23 Jun 2019 - 10:29PM

If Beijing is trying to convince Taiwan of the viability of the ‘one country, two systems’ arrangement, we need to convince the central government it is worthwhile to keep it intact for Hong Kong

2047 may be a more fateful date than 1997
My Take | Dignity will win day, not vindictiveness and spite

With the targeting of hospitals, police and their families, the city’s protest movement is in danger of moving from legitimate opposition to revenge

21 Jun 2019 - 10:45PM

With the targeting of hospitals, police and their families, the city’s protest movement is in danger of moving from legitimate opposition to revenge

Dignity will win day, not vindictiveness and spite
My Take | Betrayed Carrie Lam loyalists to pay price at polls

Suspension of the extradition bill has led to the city’s leader being sworn at by a pro-Beijing lawmaker, many of whom are now unelectable as elections near

20 Jun 2019 - 11:03PM

Suspension of the extradition bill has led to the city’s leader being sworn at by a pro-Beijing lawmaker, many of whom are now unelectable as elections near

Betrayed Carrie Lam loyalists to pay price at polls
My Take | Carrie Lam to carry on thanks to political timing

Despite many calling for the chief executive and senior ministers to go in the wake of the extradition bill debacle, she is likely to remain until the end of her current term

19 Jun 2019 - 10:30PM

Despite many calling for the chief executive and senior ministers to go in the wake of the extradition bill debacle, she is likely to remain until the end of her current term

Carrie Lam to carry on thanks to political timing