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.

Latest from Alex Lo

My Take | Blame the government for MTR’s woes

Rail operator was forced to take on too many projects at the same time, all for the sake of political expediency; now the chicken has come home to roost.

24 Mar 2019 - 9:58PM

Rail operator was forced to take on too many projects at the same time, all for the sake of political expediency; now the chicken has come home to roost.

Blame the government for MTR’s woes
My Take | New property bosses same as the old ones

As the city’s second richest man retires, and another tycoon leaves jail to hand business over to his son, local developers are being eclipsed by the inflow of red capital from the connections they enjoyed

22 Mar 2019 - 10:42PM

As the city’s second richest man retires, and another tycoon leaves jail to hand business over to his son, local developers are being eclipsed by the inflow of red capital from the connections they enjoyed

New property bosses same as the old ones
My Take | Demands put MTR on collision course

The government’s love for showcase infrastructure projects seems to mean the troubled railway operator is repeatedly forced to bite off more than it can chew

21 Mar 2019 - 10:15PM

The government’s love for showcase infrastructure projects seems to mean the troubled railway operator is repeatedly forced to bite off more than it can chew

Demands put MTR on collision course
My Take | Greater Bay Area too far for young stay-at-homes

Millennials are refusing to move out from where their parents live, let alone out of the city, and officials are fighting the great inertia of a whole generation

20 Mar 2019 - 10:26PM

Millennials are refusing to move out from where their parents live, let alone out of the city, and officials are fighting the great inertia of a whole generation

Greater Bay Area too far for young stay-at-homes
My Take | TVB bonds blunder beats any soap opera

Latest profit warning by the television giant is sheer embarrassment and comes in the wake of disastrous deal with mainland theatre operator SMI Holdings Group.

19 Mar 2019 - 10:55PM

Latest profit warning by the television giant is sheer embarrassment and comes in the wake of disastrous deal with mainland theatre operator SMI Holdings Group.

TVB bonds blunder beats any soap opera
My Take | From sacrificial lamb to figure of ridicule

Democrat Howard Lam Tsz-kin, a devout Christian, is facing five months in jail for falsely claiming that he was kidnapped, drugged and tortured by mainland agents.

18 Mar 2019 - 10:54PM

Democrat Howard Lam Tsz-kin, a devout Christian, is facing five months in jail for falsely claiming that he was kidnapped, drugged and tortured by mainland agents.

From sacrificial lamb to figure of ridicule
My Take | White supremacists the new face of terror

In the wake of the Christchurch massacre, those who shout loudest about ‘Islamofascism’ and ‘Islamic terrorism’ should reconsider who the fascists and terrorists are now.

17 Mar 2019 - 10:24PM

In the wake of the Christchurch massacre, those who shout loudest about ‘Islamofascism’ and ‘Islamic terrorism’ should reconsider who the fascists and terrorists are now.

White supremacists the new face of terror
My Take | China’s air regulators made the right call

China has been accused of exploiting the Ethiopian Airlines crash by grounding Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes less than a day after the accident, but it’s a bit of a stretch to link a decision based on safety to Beijing’s policy to promote the country’s nascent aviation industry.

15 Mar 2019 - 11:16PM

China has been accused of exploiting the Ethiopian Airlines crash by grounding Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes less than a day after the accident, but it’s a bit of a stretch to link a decision based on safety to Beijing’s policy to promote the country’s nascent aviation industry.

China’s air regulators made the right call
My Take | The time ‘to take on’ China is long past

You may not like China or the Chinese, but the nation is too intricately tied up in the world economy to be untangled without doing harm to all involved

14 Mar 2019 - 10:37PM

You may not like China or the Chinese, but the nation is too intricately tied up in the world economy to be untangled without doing harm to all involved

The time ‘to take on’ China is long past
My Take | Blunder may mean a free-for-all in Hong Kong parks

Bureaucratic incompetence has resulted in frontline staff being told not enforce the smoking ban in the city’s 450 public recreational facilities

13 Mar 2019 - 10:16PM

Bureaucratic incompetence has resulted in frontline staff being told not enforce the smoking ban in the city’s 450 public recreational facilities

Blunder may mean a free-for-all in Hong Kong parks
My Take | For China, the only thing worse than Trump would be Hillary Clinton as president

With Clinton’s experience in key branches of the US government, she would have made a formidable opponent; with Trump, China may yet come out on top

12 Mar 2019 - 10:00PM

With Clinton’s experience in key branches of the US government, she would have made a formidable opponent; with Trump, China may yet come out on top

For China, the only thing worse than Trump would be Hillary Clinton as president
Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee calls for drastic changes to the internet amid concerns over data privacy, hacking, misinformation

Tim Berners-Lee is leading a new initiative that will help provide standards of conduct for people to follow on the internet as well as principles for governments to codify into laws and regulations.

12 Mar 2019 - 11:31PM

Tim Berners-Lee is leading a new initiative that will help provide standards of conduct for people to follow on the internet as well as principles for governments to codify into laws and regulations.

Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee calls for drastic changes to the internet amid concerns over data privacy, hacking, misinformation
My Take | Let those who don’t want to retire work to 65

If the government is seeking to promote later retirement because of an ageing population, it should start with sectors that actually want it, instead of targeting the most vulnerable

11 Mar 2019 - 10:51PM

If the government is seeking to promote later retirement because of an ageing population, it should start with sectors that actually want it, instead of targeting the most vulnerable

Let those who don’t want to retire work to 65
My Take | Hong Kong localists hope for destabilising trade deal for China

Yellow-ribbon anti-government blogs, social media and newspapers are practically cheering for the Americans to crush the Chinese with their trade war, even better if it leads to a regime collapse in Beijing

10 Mar 2019 - 10:54PM

Yellow-ribbon anti-government blogs, social media and newspapers are practically cheering for the Americans to crush the Chinese with their trade war, even better if it leads to a regime collapse in Beijing

Hong Kong localists hope for destabilising trade deal for China
My Take | MTR needs to get back on the right track

New chiefs at Hong Kong’s troubled railway company will have their work cut out in restoring its international reputation and trust with the public.

8 Mar 2019 - 10:49PM

New chiefs at Hong Kong’s troubled railway company will have their work cut out in restoring its international reputation and trust with the public.

MTR needs to get back on the right track
My Take | Time is right for Kuomintang’s rising star

Han Kuo-yu is the kind of Taiwanese politician that Hong Kong and Beijing prefers: pragmatic, business-minded and not driven blindly by ideology.

8 Mar 2019 - 4:49AM

Han Kuo-yu is the kind of Taiwanese politician that Hong Kong and Beijing prefers: pragmatic, business-minded and not driven blindly by ideology.

Time is right for Kuomintang’s rising star
My Take | Bernard Chan should have fought for park idea

Instead he is going along with the half-baked plan to use part of the site for housing.

7 Mar 2019 - 6:04AM

Instead he is going along with the half-baked plan to use part of the site for housing.

Bernard Chan should have fought for park idea
My Take | Taxi trade takes wrong Uber route again

Owner of a Hong Kong cab company who planned to pair his fleet with the ride-hailing firm has now pulled out after threats were reportedly made to his family

6 Mar 2019 - 3:49PM

Owner of a Hong Kong cab company who planned to pair his fleet with the ride-hailing firm has now pulled out after threats were reportedly made to his family

Taxi trade takes wrong Uber route again
My Take | Hong Kong needs rendition pact

Leading political parties have united against the proposed return of criminals to Taiwan, Macau and the mainland

4 Mar 2019 - 10:36PM

Leading political parties have united against the proposed return of criminals to Taiwan, Macau and the mainland

Hong Kong needs rendition pact
My Take | US hack feigns outrage at Huawei’s ‘bribe’

A Washington Post reporter’s response to an offer from Huawei to visit its Shenzhen headquarters has at least taught the tech firm what it is up against with the US media.

3 Mar 2019 - 11:36PM

A Washington Post reporter’s response to an offer from Huawei to visit its Shenzhen headquarters has at least taught the tech firm what it is up against with the US media.

US hack feigns outrage at Huawei’s ‘bribe’
Opinion | Are the ‘post-60s and 70s’ the real human garbage?

The post-90s, or Gen Y, hit back at ‘rubbish middle-aged’ accusing them of selling out Hong Kong and not fighting, negotiating and making demands from the government

1 Mar 2019 - 10:11PM

The post-90s, or Gen Y, hit back at ‘rubbish middle-aged’ accusing them of selling out Hong Kong and not fighting, negotiating and making demands from the government

Are the ‘post-60s and 70s’ the real human garbage?
My Take | Paul Chan’s budget is old wine in a new bottle

The financial secretary has offered Hong Kong neither long-term planning nor shorter-term solutions, and reserves expected to hit HK$1.16 trillion will be put away for another rainy day

28 Feb 2019 - 10:44PM

The financial secretary has offered Hong Kong neither long-term planning nor shorter-term solutions, and reserves expected to hit HK$1.16 trillion will be put away for another rainy day

Paul Chan’s budget is old wine in a new bottle
My Take | Crackdown on university radicals looms

A report into the banning of the Hong Kong National Party will allow the central and Hong Kong governments to set a red line on separatism in writing, and student leaders may be the next target.

27 Feb 2019 - 10:39PM

A report into the banning of the Hong Kong National Party will allow the central and Hong Kong governments to set a red line on separatism in writing, and student leaders may be the next target.

Crackdown on university radicals looms
My Take | Public money we don’t talk about, let alone spend

Hong Kong’s de facto central bank keeps getting richer all in the name of preserving the US dollar peg, so forget about any discussion of using just some of it anywhere else

26 Feb 2019 - 10:17PM

Hong Kong’s de facto central bank keeps getting richer all in the name of preserving the US dollar peg, so forget about any discussion of using just some of it anywhere else

Public money we don’t talk about, let alone spend
My Take | Unholy row in Canada over student leader of Tibetan descent

Given the current state of bad blood between Ottawa and Beijing, rationality and respect are bound to take a back seat

25 Feb 2019 - 10:27PM

Given the current state of bad blood between Ottawa and Beijing, rationality and respect are bound to take a back seat

Unholy row in Canada over student leader of Tibetan descent
My Take | Trump readies a triumph of realpolitik

An expected trade deal between Washington and Beijing may return Meng Wanzhou to China and help Canada resolve a big diplomatic headache.

25 Feb 2019 - 5:51AM

An expected trade deal between Washington and Beijing may return Meng Wanzhou to China and help Canada resolve a big diplomatic headache.

Trump readies a triumph of realpolitik
My Take | Localists and the medical cartel make strange bedfellows

Odd alliance of localists and medical cartel opposes bringing in more foreign doctors and nurses to tackle crisis at Hong Kong public hospitals, while pro-government groups back the idea.

23 Feb 2019 - 10:37AM

Odd alliance of localists and medical cartel opposes bringing in more foreign doctors and nurses to tackle crisis at Hong Kong public hospitals, while pro-government groups back the idea.

Localists and the medical cartel make strange bedfellows
My Take | Sleepwalking through the Greater Bay Area

As the debate goes on as to whether Beijing’s grand plan will be a success, what is being missed is that the trend of the megacity is already happening

21 Feb 2019 - 10:29PM

As the debate goes on as to whether Beijing’s grand plan will be a success, what is being missed is that the trend of the megacity is already happening

Sleepwalking through the Greater Bay Area
My Take | Prejudice can have deadly consequences

Those stirring up anti-immigrant sentiment in Hong Kong should reflect on the killing of a family from the mainland by a local man with a psychiatric illness

20 Feb 2019 - 11:04PM

Those stirring up anti-immigrant sentiment in Hong Kong should reflect on the killing of a family from the mainland by a local man with a psychiatric illness

Prejudice can have deadly consequences
My Take | Scapegoating China will not solve your problems or the world’s

Systemic failures in public education, health care and social welfare can be perfectly explained by bad government policies, not ‘mainlandisation’

19 Feb 2019 - 10:53PM

Systemic failures in public education, health care and social welfare can be perfectly explained by bad government policies, not ‘mainlandisation’

Scapegoating China will not solve your problems or the world’s