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 | Gloves are off between China and US with latest arrests

The real significance of Jimmy Lai’s high-profile arrest is that Washington has virtually declared that he was under its protection

12 Aug 2020 - 10:14PM

The real significance of Jimmy Lai’s high-profile arrest is that Washington has virtually declared that he was under its protection

Gloves are off between China and US with latest arrests
My Take | Something about India and China: why democracy, why autocracy?

China has always had a strong state but weak society, argues political theorist Francis Fukuyama, whereas in India, it’s the other way around

11 Aug 2020 - 9:15PM

China has always had a strong state but weak society, argues political theorist Francis Fukuyama, whereas in India, it’s the other way around

Something about India and China: why democracy, why autocracy?
Is the West in decline? (Take 2)
My Take | Yellow or blue, all are being punished in Hong Kong

By provoking Beijing and Washington to interfere, the city and its people are all paying a steep price

9 Aug 2020 - 10:45PM

By provoking Beijing and Washington to interfere, the city and its people are all paying a steep price

Yellow or blue, all are being punished in Hong Kong
My Take | Is the West in decline?

Oswald Spengler may have the answer, which may be more right today than when he first published his famed work a century ago.

8 Aug 2020 - 2:38AM

Oswald Spengler may have the answer, which may be more right today than when he first published his famed work a century ago.

Is the West in decline?
My Take | What geometry can teach us about rights, equality and politics

Appealing to self-evidence is no royal road to truth, rather it can lead us astray, into falsehood.

6 Aug 2020 - 11:43PM

Appealing to self-evidence is no royal road to truth, rather it can lead us astray, into falsehood.

What geometry can teach us about rights, equality and politics
My Take | Cold War 2.0 is just a distraction

It doesn’t exist, unless we turn it into a self-fulfilling prophecy.

6 Aug 2020 - 3:47AM

It doesn’t exist, unless we turn it into a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Cold War 2.0 is just a distraction
My Take | Is modern China the end (goal) of history?

A fully developed and industrialised country – with its people and state sharing the same or similar goals, aspirations and values in rational self-interest – is how Hegel describes the end point of political development, a state that is more or less harmonised, and free of radical polarisation.

5 Aug 2020 - 1:17AM

A fully developed and industrialised country – with its people and state sharing the same or similar goals, aspirations and values in rational self-interest – is how Hegel describes the end point of political development, a state that is more or less harmonised, and free of radical polarisation.

Is modern China the end (goal) of history?
My Take | How to get nations to behave

If China is a bad actor in the South China Sea, Britain and the US may be acting much worse in the Indian Ocean, so how about a quid pro quo to get everyone to behave for the sake of world peace?

3 Aug 2020 - 9:16PM

If China is a bad actor in the South China Sea, Britain and the US may be acting much worse in the Indian Ocean, so how about a quid pro quo to get everyone to behave for the sake of world peace?

How to get nations to behave
My Take | The US pot calling the HK kettle black

American politicians should realise they have zero to negative moral authority to tell other people how to run elections, governments and police, given the disgraceful state of their own governance

2 Aug 2020 - 10:54PM

American politicians should realise they have zero to negative moral authority to tell other people how to run elections, governments and police, given the disgraceful state of their own governance

The US pot calling the HK kettle black
My Take | Take courage, Mrs Lam, and do what needs to be done

An open letter to Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR.

1 Aug 2020 - 4:33AM

An open letter to Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR.

Take courage, Mrs Lam, and do what needs to be done
My Take | Mainland and overseas Chinese may be worlds apart over China

Such diverse groups necessarily have very different political priorities and sympathies, leading to misreading by self-centred Washington and Beijing.

31 Jul 2020 - 4:01AM

Such diverse groups necessarily have very different political priorities and sympathies, leading to misreading by self-centred Washington and Beijing.

Mainland and overseas Chinese may be worlds apart over China
My Take | Why both sides get Benny Tai’s case wrong

His teaching of civil disobedience is perfectly justified but his firing is not about academic interference, rather it’s the fact that he has been criminally convicted.

29 Jul 2020 - 10:25PM

His teaching of civil disobedience is perfectly justified but his firing is not about academic interference, rather it’s the fact that he has been criminally convicted.

Why both sides get Benny Tai’s case wrong
My Take | It’s the US stirring the pot in South China Sea

Manila and Beijing want to normalise relations, but Washington is standing in the way

28 Jul 2020 - 11:00PM

Manila and Beijing want to normalise relations, but Washington is standing in the way

It’s the US stirring the pot in South China Sea
My Take | Poor Nixon must be rolling in his grave

Mutual engagement between China and the US remains the only sane option today, something that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is dangerously trying to undermine

27 Jul 2020 - 11:21PM

Mutual engagement between China and the US remains the only sane option today, something that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is dangerously trying to undermine

Poor Nixon must be rolling in his grave
My Take | Is China the West’s Frankenstein’s monster?

American politicians, now on a new anti-communist crusade, may not like the ending of the story

26 Jul 2020 - 10:40PM

American politicians, now on a new anti-communist crusade, may not like the ending of the story

Is China the West’s Frankenstein’s monster?
My Take | Why Beijing didn’t shut down US consulate in Hong Kong

Targeting US mission in the city would be a major escalation while China prefers to show restraint and not play into the hands of an increasingly hostile Washington

24 Jul 2020 - 10:04PM

Targeting US mission in the city would be a major escalation while China prefers to show restraint and not play into the hands of an increasingly hostile Washington

Why Beijing didn’t shut down US consulate in Hong Kong
My Take | Who’s the brain behind Mike Pompeo’s anti-China stance?

His principal policy and planning adviser on China, Miles Maochun Yu, harbours some pretty dark thoughts about China and Asia-Pacific.

23 Jul 2020 - 10:43PM

His principal policy and planning adviser on China, Miles Maochun Yu, harbours some pretty dark thoughts about China and Asia-Pacific.

Who’s the brain behind Mike Pompeo’s anti-China stance?
My Take | Britain, the new vassal state of the United States

Post-Brexit, the UK will have no support from the European Union as a middle power while China, once its best trading prospect, has become an adversary.

23 Jul 2020 - 12:58AM

Post-Brexit, the UK will have no support from the European Union as a middle power while China, once its best trading prospect, has become an adversary.

Britain, the new vassal state of the United States
My Take | TikTok is the new Chinese threat to US national security

The way some American politicians describe the harmless social app, you would think it’s more dangerous than Huawei, the 5G networks supplier, and nuclear weapons

21 Jul 2020 - 10:30PM

The way some American politicians describe the harmless social app, you would think it’s more dangerous than Huawei, the 5G networks supplier, and nuclear weapons

TikTok is the new Chinese threat to US national security
My Take | Why it’s misleading to call US-China rivalry the new cold war

Most Chinese today don’t suffer from the same repression and material deprivation of those who lived in the Soviet Union; some may even think they will win in their country’s confrontation with the West

20 Jul 2020 - 10:33PM

Most Chinese today don’t suffer from the same repression and material deprivation of those who lived in the Soviet Union; some may even think they will win in their country’s confrontation with the West

Why it’s misleading to call US-China rivalry the new cold war
My Take | Beijing enjoys greater legitimacy than any Western state

You are free to hate and despise China all you want, but if you think it will collapse by its own weight because its government lacks legitimacy or popular support, you will always be surprised and never understand your enemy

19 Jul 2020 - 10:10PM

You are free to hate and despise China all you want, but if you think it will collapse by its own weight because its government lacks legitimacy or popular support, you will always be surprised and never understand your enemy

Beijing enjoys greater legitimacy than any Western state
My Take | Dark times ahead for Hong Kong legislature

People in the city now face the choice of a paralysed legislature or a discredited one.

17 Jul 2020 - 10:59PM

People in the city now face the choice of a paralysed legislature or a discredited one.

Dark times ahead for Hong Kong legislature
My Take | US plays dangerous game with no end goal

What is perhaps most damaging is that America wants to drag its allies and friends into its fight with China, without defining or understanding what it is they want

16 Jul 2020 - 11:00PM

What is perhaps most damaging is that America wants to drag its allies and friends into its fight with China, without defining or understanding what it is they want

US plays dangerous game with no end goal
My Take | How to weaponise Hong Kong against China

The opposition have got more than they bargained for, now that US President Donald Trump has stripped the city of its special trade status to treat it the same as the mainland.

15 Jul 2020 - 10:27PM

The opposition have got more than they bargained for, now that US President Donald Trump has stripped the city of its special trade status to treat it the same as the mainland.

How to weaponise Hong Kong against China
My Take | Carrie Lam warns against constitutional coup

The good news for the opposition is that the government may be preparing for their majority in the new legislature for the first time in Hong Kong history; the bad news is that if they try to exploit Article 52 of the Basic Law to get rid of her, she will retaliate with the national security law.

15 Jul 2020 - 5:36AM

The good news for the opposition is that the government may be preparing for their majority in the new legislature for the first time in Hong Kong history; the bad news is that if they try to exploit Article 52 of the Basic Law to get rid of her, she will retaliate with the national security law.

Carrie Lam warns against constitutional coup
My Take | Opposition ‘primary’ signals internal conflict

Despite large turnouts, ‘loser’ candidates, especially those with a long track record as lawmakers, are unlikely to accept the results in favour of radicals who face disqualification anyway

13 Jul 2020 - 10:17PM

Despite large turnouts, ‘loser’ candidates, especially those with a long track record as lawmakers, are unlikely to accept the results in favour of radicals who face disqualification anyway

Opposition ‘primary’ signals internal conflict
My Take | Is China the ‘greatest threat’ to the United States?

Americans, Washington is a far greater threat to your own health and life, your wallet and your children’s future than anything we Chinese can do to you

12 Jul 2020 - 10:48PM

Americans, Washington is a far greater threat to your own health and life, your wallet and your children’s future than anything we Chinese can do to you

Is China the ‘greatest threat’ to the United States?
My Take | What does the future hold for Future Fund?

In bailing out Cathay Pacific, the government played hard and fast by announcing billions would be taken from its Land Fund, which was in fact empty after all its assets were transferred to a more aggressive investment fund

10 Jul 2020 - 10:38PM

In bailing out Cathay Pacific, the government played hard and fast by announcing billions would be taken from its Land Fund, which was in fact empty after all its assets were transferred to a more aggressive investment fund

What does the future hold for Future Fund?
My Take | New Legislative Council should resume normal business

After the Legco elections in September, the government should reintroduce draft laws on a flat vacancy tax, premium taxi services, e-cigarettes and waste disposal that were shelved because of opposition infighting and the pandemic crisis.

9 Jul 2020 - 11:04PM

After the Legco elections in September, the government should reintroduce draft laws on a flat vacancy tax, premium taxi services, e-cigarettes and waste disposal that were shelved because of opposition infighting and the pandemic crisis.

New Legislative Council should resume normal business