Alex Lo

Alex Lo

Columnist

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 | Scattershot sanctions aim more at Biden than Hong Kong

Mike Pompeo’s reasoning behind his last-minute measures is to make it hard for the new president to reverse course without being accused of going soft on or caving to China

17 Jan 2021 - 10:32PM

Mike Pompeo’s reasoning behind his last-minute measures is to make it hard for the new president to reverse course without being accused of going soft on or caving to China

Scattershot sanctions aim more at Biden than Hong Kong
My Take | Hong Kong’s fate is now truly out of our hands

The intensity and duration of the current crackdown in Hong Kong will depend on whether Beijing can reach an understanding or compromise with the Biden White House, but the greater the antagonism between the two countries, the more severely the city will be treated.

15 Jan 2021 - 11:47PM

The intensity and duration of the current crackdown in Hong Kong will depend on whether Beijing can reach an understanding or compromise with the Biden White House, but the greater the antagonism between the two countries, the more severely the city will be treated.

Hong Kong’s fate is now truly out of our hands
My Take | I love food vlogger Mike Chen and so should you

People should leave politics behind when they watch funny videos about food on YouTube.

15 Jan 2021 - 12:19AM

People should leave politics behind when they watch funny videos about food on YouTube.

I love food vlogger Mike Chen and so should you
My Take | A fine line between objectivity and responsibility

Like other people, journalists have a duty to help those in distress or danger, even if that’s not written in our code of conduct.

14 Jan 2021 - 5:09AM

Like other people, journalists have a duty to help those in distress or danger, even if that’s not written in our code of conduct.

A fine line between objectivity and responsibility
My Take | The fatal blind spots of American democracy

New research by psychologists is exposing the cognitive biases and incapacities that stand in the way of having an informed electorate to make contemporary democracy work.

12 Jan 2021 - 11:58PM

New research by psychologists is exposing the cognitive biases and incapacities that stand in the way of having an informed electorate to make contemporary democracy work.

The fatal blind spots of American democracy
Only bad news is good news about China
My Take | Why Hong Kong is no longer ‘a blessed place’

The city’s colonial success was largely based on an implicit understanding between Westminster and Beijing to leave it alone. Now, it has become a pawn in the great game of nations

10 Jan 2021 - 10:13PM

The city’s colonial success was largely based on an implicit understanding between Westminster and Beijing to leave it alone. Now, it has become a pawn in the great game of nations

Why Hong Kong is no longer ‘a blessed place’
My Take | Deep question lies behind Hong Kong mass arrests

Mutual destruction has been cited for the unsanctioned primary election run-off last July, but did most people have that in mind when they organised and voted in it?

9 Jan 2021 - 1:55AM

Mutual destruction has been cited for the unsanctioned primary election run-off last July, but did most people have that in mind when they organised and voted in it?

Deep question lies behind Hong Kong mass arrests
My Take | Forget the rise of China, it’s the fall of America you should worry about

France under Napoleon III, Britain under Winston Churchill and Soviet Russia under Mikhail Gorbachev didn’t know they had already lost the empire until it was too late. The fate of the United States will not be any different.

8 Jan 2021 - 2:16AM

France under Napoleon III, Britain under Winston Churchill and Soviet Russia under Mikhail Gorbachev didn’t know they had already lost the empire until it was too late. The fate of the United States will not be any different.

Forget the rise of China, it’s the fall of America you should worry about
My Take | Carrie Lam and Co, get the Chinese Covid-19 jab

To prove their patriotism and reassure the public, top Hong Kong officials beginning with the city’s leader should volunteer to take vaccines made in China.

6 Jan 2021 - 10:59PM

To prove their patriotism and reassure the public, top Hong Kong officials beginning with the city’s leader should volunteer to take vaccines made in China.

Carrie Lam and Co, get the Chinese Covid-19 jab
My Take | The use and abuse of the history of the Chinese tribute system

America’s would-be cold warriors like to cite the dynastic trade and diplomatic system as a term of abuse and claim Beijing wants to revive it. But they display embarrassing cultural and historical ignorance about a complex subject whose nature and functions have been hotly debated by sinologists and Chinese diplomats alike.

5 Jan 2021 - 9:10PM

America’s would-be cold warriors like to cite the dynastic trade and diplomatic system as a term of abuse and claim Beijing wants to revive it. But they display embarrassing cultural and historical ignorance about a complex subject whose nature and functions have been hotly debated by sinologists and Chinese diplomats alike.

The use and abuse of the history of the Chinese tribute system
My Take | America’s ideological dilemma with China

To pursue Cold War 2.0, Washington will have to explain away how Chinese ‘communism’ has been as good as, or even better than, American capitalism at delivering economic success and abundance for its people as well as much-needed growth for the world economy

4 Jan 2021 - 9:05PM

To pursue Cold War 2.0, Washington will have to explain away how Chinese ‘communism’ has been as good as, or even better than, American capitalism at delivering economic success and abundance for its people as well as much-needed growth for the world economy

America’s ideological dilemma with China
My Take | Mainland needs to speed up Hong Kong integration

To merge Hong Kong with the rest of the country, Communist Party membership and the People’s Liberation Army should be open to local volunteers who are willing and ready to serve.

3 Jan 2021 - 10:31PM

To merge Hong Kong with the rest of the country, Communist Party membership and the People’s Liberation Army should be open to local volunteers who are willing and ready to serve.

Mainland needs to speed up Hong Kong integration
My Take | How to engineer a loyal opposition

New opponents, critical of the Hong Kong government but loyal to Beijing, are emerging but will they appeal to local voters?

1 Jan 2021 - 10:38PM

New opponents, critical of the Hong Kong government but loyal to Beijing, are emerging but will they appeal to local voters?

How to engineer a loyal opposition
My Take | Young Nathan Law is not Hong Kong’s future, but its past

Neither democracy nor its self-proclaimed champions offer solutions to the complex challenges facing the city. The only viable guarantee of its long-term stability and prosperity is full integration with the country’s southern region that is also its economic engine

11 Dec 2020 - 10:14PM

Neither democracy nor its self-proclaimed champions offer solutions to the complex challenges facing the city. The only viable guarantee of its long-term stability and prosperity is full integration with the country’s southern region that is also its economic engine

Young Nathan Law is not Hong Kong’s future, but its past
My Take | Deaths in children’s movies can be sources of trauma

While today’s mainstream films for adults infantilise the audience, those for children, now and in the past, have frequently been brutal in the way they deal with death and suffering as to possibly shock or even traumatise the young viewer

10 Dec 2020 - 9:15PM

While today’s mainstream films for adults infantilise the audience, those for children, now and in the past, have frequently been brutal in the way they deal with death and suffering as to possibly shock or even traumatise the young viewer

Deaths in children’s movies can be sources of trauma
My Take | Squaring the fiscal circle of the Lantau Tomorrow Vision

Balancing the budget will in future be about savings for the massive project

9 Dec 2020 - 10:18PM

Balancing the budget will in future be about savings for the massive project

Squaring the fiscal circle of the Lantau Tomorrow Vision
My Take | The West’s contempt for China has a long history

Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn’s nasty tweet may have been racist, but it finds echoes in the greatest of Western thinkers about the moral inferiority of Chinese people

8 Dec 2020 - 9:15PM

Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn’s nasty tweet may have been racist, but it finds echoes in the greatest of Western thinkers about the moral inferiority of Chinese people

The West’s contempt for China has a long history
China trade will be the guarantor of world peace
My Take | ‘Patriotic’ YouTube stars aim for legislature

Young and aspiring pro-government figures are exploiting social media as a launch pad for a political career, beginning with next year’s Legco election.

6 Dec 2020 - 9:54PM

Young and aspiring pro-government figures are exploiting social media as a launch pad for a political career, beginning with next year’s Legco election.

‘Patriotic’ YouTube stars aim for legislature
My Take | Ted Hui: hero to some, coward to others

Former opposition lawmaker has absconded to Denmark, an action which will likely make it more difficult for other activists and protesters facing charges to seek bail successfully

4 Dec 2020 - 10:06PM

Former opposition lawmaker has absconded to Denmark, an action which will likely make it more difficult for other activists and protesters facing charges to seek bail successfully

Ted Hui: hero to some, coward to others
My Take | Predicting China’s future is a fool’s errand

Two new US studies chart four scenarios: a triumphant China, ascendant China, stagnant China or imploding China; one scenario is bound to be right

3 Dec 2020 - 9:15PM

Two new US studies chart four scenarios: a triumphant China, ascendant China, stagnant China or imploding China; one scenario is bound to be right

Predicting China’s future is a fool’s errand
My Take | ‘Wolf warrior’ misfires over war crimes meme

The longer Beijing drags out the controversy, the sooner people forget about Australia’s killings in Afghanistan.

3 Dec 2020 - 2:29AM

The longer Beijing drags out the controversy, the sooner people forget about Australia’s killings in Afghanistan.

‘Wolf warrior’ misfires over war crimes meme
My Take | The Easternisation of the Western family

The classic post-war nuclear family in English-speaking countries is giving way to the more traditional intergenerational extended family of oriental societies – it’s mostly thanks to their governments’ decades-long financial mismanagement that has mortgaged their children’s future.

1 Dec 2020 - 9:07PM

The classic post-war nuclear family in English-speaking countries is giving way to the more traditional intergenerational extended family of oriental societies – it’s mostly thanks to their governments’ decades-long financial mismanagement that has mortgaged their children’s future.

The Easternisation of the Western family
My Take | State competence is more important than democracy

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown that the so-called Asian century is not about dominance or hegemony, but the ability of the region’s governments to take care of their own people relative to their Western counterparts.

30 Nov 2020 - 9:00PM

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown that the so-called Asian century is not about dominance or hegemony, but the ability of the region’s governments to take care of their own people relative to their Western counterparts.

State competence is more important than democracy
My Take | The other ‘Thucydides Trap’ between China and Australia

Conflict may be inevitable now that China has risen to a position of geopolitical and economic strength, and demands to call the shots in the region.

30 Nov 2020 - 12:48AM

Conflict may be inevitable now that China has risen to a position of geopolitical and economic strength, and demands to call the shots in the region.

The other ‘Thucydides Trap’ between China and Australia
My Take | A tribute to Donald Trump

His presidency may have been dismal, but there are a few things he got right, such as betting on a Covid-19 vaccine developed ‘at warp speed’ and helping to secure Arab diplomatic recognition for Israel.

27 Nov 2020 - 10:27PM

His presidency may have been dismal, but there are a few things he got right, such as betting on a Covid-19 vaccine developed ‘at warp speed’ and helping to secure Arab diplomatic recognition for Israel.

A tribute to Donald Trump
My Take | Carrie Lam must take this chance to redeem herself

Following last year’s political disaster and the intervention by Beijing that followed, Hong Kong’s leader should now show her strengths as an administrator and push on with her policy address pledges.

27 Nov 2020 - 2:58AM

Following last year’s political disaster and the intervention by Beijing that followed, Hong Kong’s leader should now show her strengths as an administrator and push on with her policy address pledges.

Carrie Lam must take this chance to redeem herself
My Take | Beijing moves towards ‘comprehensive jurisdiction’ over Hong Kong

The city’s entire legal system is in the cross hairs of the central government

25 Nov 2020 - 10:42PM

The city’s entire legal system is in the cross hairs of the central government

Beijing moves towards ‘comprehensive jurisdiction’ over Hong Kong
My Take | A neuroscience of loneliness and isolation

Can Covid-19 lockdowns worldwide make people more prone to fake news, conspiracy theories and extreme beliefs? New research may have an answer

24 Nov 2020 - 9:00PM

Can Covid-19 lockdowns worldwide make people more prone to fake news, conspiracy theories and extreme beliefs? New research may have an answer

A neuroscience of loneliness and isolation