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 | Why I have become a fan of Chapman To

Restaurants such as Kwong Wing Catering in the so-called yellow-ribbon economy that are refusing to serve Mandarin speakers are xenophobic and reprehensible

18 Feb 2020 - 9:00PM

Restaurants such as Kwong Wing Catering in the so-called yellow-ribbon economy that are refusing to serve Mandarin speakers are xenophobic and reprehensible

Why I have become a fan of Chapman To
My Take | Lawmakers can’t rely and act on news stories alone

Responsible parliamentarians the world over would interrogate or investigate the relevant government departments when they read worrisome news reports

17 Feb 2020 - 10:12PM

Responsible parliamentarians the world over would interrogate or investigate the relevant government departments when they read worrisome news reports

Lawmakers can’t rely and act on news stories alone
My Take | Bring back Hongkongers trapped in Wuhan

Now is the time for the government to take action and also use Disneyland, Ocean Park and cruise ships for quarantine and treatment

16 Feb 2020 - 10:54PM

Now is the time for the government to take action and also use Disneyland, Ocean Park and cruise ships for quarantine and treatment

Bring back Hongkongers trapped in Wuhan
My Take | New Beijing boss should worry local loyalists

Those newly put in charge of Hong Kong affairs are more likely to go after the old guard of pro-establishment parties rather than the pan-democratic opposition.

14 Feb 2020 - 10:50PM

Those newly put in charge of Hong Kong affairs are more likely to go after the old guard of pro-establishment parties rather than the pan-democratic opposition.

New Beijing boss should worry local loyalists
My Take | Be fair to China at this difficult time

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is not in Beijing’s pocket, he’s only trying to make it do the right thing.

13 Feb 2020 - 11:06PM

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is not in Beijing’s pocket, he’s only trying to make it do the right thing.

Be fair to China at this difficult time
My Take | Why Washington is paranoid about Huawei

New expose shows how American intelligence secretly owned and operated encryption company whose devices were used by the governments of more than 100 countries over decades

12 Feb 2020 - 10:33PM

New expose shows how American intelligence secretly owned and operated encryption company whose devices were used by the governments of more than 100 countries over decades

Why Washington is paranoid about Huawei
My Take | City has the trappings of a failed state

With a panic-driven public having no confidence in a government that lacks ability and competence, the words of a foreign financial writer who sees signs of Venezuela ring true

11 Feb 2020 - 10:41PM

With a panic-driven public having no confidence in a government that lacks ability and competence, the words of a foreign financial writer who sees signs of Venezuela ring true

City has the trappings of a failed state
US senator plays the fool on coronavirus
My Take | Was the new coronavirus created by China or the United States?

With a potential global pandemic and geopolitical rivalry between the two superpowers, conspiracy theorists are having a field day

9 Feb 2020 - 10:35PM

With a potential global pandemic and geopolitical rivalry between the two superpowers, conspiracy theorists are having a field day

Was the new coronavirus created by China or the United States?
My Take | How to sow panic for political gains

The coronavirus outbreak is being ruthlessly exploited by some protest groups to continue the civil unrest and rebellion since June

7 Feb 2020 - 11:38PM

The coronavirus outbreak is being ruthlessly exploited by some protest groups to continue the civil unrest and rebellion since June

How to sow panic for political gains
My Take | Strike by Hong Kong medical staff is civil unrest by other means

By demanding closure of the border, the protest alliance is seeking to stop mainland Chinese from entering the city while ignoring the far greater number of Hongkongers who cross daily.

6 Feb 2020 - 10:22PM

By demanding closure of the border, the protest alliance is seeking to stop mainland Chinese from entering the city while ignoring the far greater number of Hongkongers who cross daily.

Strike by Hong Kong medical staff is civil unrest by other means
My Take | Travel bans are useless to stop an outbreak

Beijing says the United States has ‘inappropriately overreacted’ to the coronavirus outbreak by imposing travel bans. Washington counters that its response is ‘science-based’. Who’s right?

5 Feb 2020 - 10:29PM

Beijing says the United States has ‘inappropriately overreacted’ to the coronavirus outbreak by imposing travel bans. Washington counters that its response is ‘science-based’. Who’s right?

Travel bans are useless to stop an outbreak
My Take | What one public doctor thinks about the Hong Kong medics’ strike

Hospitals and the community at large, this senior doctor believes, need to stay alert but not be alarmed; unfortunately, the strike is causing more fear and havoc within the system than justified.

4 Feb 2020 - 10:41PM

Hospitals and the community at large, this senior doctor believes, need to stay alert but not be alarmed; unfortunately, the strike is causing more fear and havoc within the system than justified.

What one public doctor thinks about the Hong Kong medics’ strike
My Take | China deserves both blame and praise in fighting outbreak

The world needs a more balanced assessment of Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus epidemic as fair criticism and proper acknowledgement will help its current containment efforts as well as future response to health crises

3 Feb 2020 - 10:26PM

The world needs a more balanced assessment of Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus epidemic as fair criticism and proper acknowledgement will help its current containment efforts as well as future response to health crises

China deserves both blame and praise in fighting outbreak
My Take | Now may be the time to close the border

It’s hardly the worst option and will help many Hong Kong people feel safer while enabling city chief Carrie Lam to regain some public confidence after eight months of social unrest

2 Feb 2020 - 10:28PM

It’s hardly the worst option and will help many Hong Kong people feel safer while enabling city chief Carrie Lam to regain some public confidence after eight months of social unrest

Now may be the time to close the border
US persecution of ethnic-Chinese scientists will only benefit Beijing
My Take | Why the US ‘imperial presidency’ is looking a lot like China’s

The privileges and powers of the US president as argued by Donald Trump’s lawyers in their Senate defence against impeachment are making mincemeat of the much celebrated checks and balances by Congress

30 Jan 2020 - 10:57PM

The privileges and powers of the US president as argued by Donald Trump’s lawyers in their Senate defence against impeachment are making mincemeat of the much celebrated checks and balances by Congress

Why the US ‘imperial presidency’ is looking a lot like China’s
My Take | Latest bombings are nothing but terrorism

Our budding terrorists are using popular support for sealing the border, a questionable and likely ineffective practice, to politicise the mainland epidemic and fan anti-Chinese prejudices

29 Jan 2020 - 10:24PM

Our budding terrorists are using popular support for sealing the border, a questionable and likely ineffective practice, to politicise the mainland epidemic and fan anti-Chinese prejudices

Latest bombings are nothing but terrorism
My Take | Lead from the front in fight against Wuhan virus

The top levels of government must communicate more clearly with the public on this health crisis and, even more important, satisfy the needs of the medical professionals

28 Jan 2020 - 10:47PM

The top levels of government must communicate more clearly with the public on this health crisis and, even more important, satisfy the needs of the medical professionals

Lead from the front in fight against Wuhan virus
My Take | Quarantine furore says much about what’s wrong with HK

Subpar epidemic planning in Fanling is exploited by radicals who are ready to use every opportunity to revive a protest movement that is losing momentum

27 Jan 2020 - 10:28PM

Subpar epidemic planning in Fanling is exploited by radicals who are ready to use every opportunity to revive a protest movement that is losing momentum

Quarantine furore says much about what’s wrong with HK
My Take | Every crisis is a missed opportunity for Carrie Lam

The Wuhan coronavirus epidemic was a chance for the chief executive to prove she could still take charge, yet she has been busy playing catch-up and sounding defensive

26 Jan 2020 - 10:31PM

The Wuhan coronavirus epidemic was a chance for the chief executive to prove she could still take charge, yet she has been busy playing catch-up and sounding defensive

Every crisis is a missed opportunity for Carrie Lam
My Take | Will ‘one country, two systems’ survive after 2047?

The central and local governments are signalling the possibility of extending Hong Kong’s governing principle by which the city can continue its way of life beyond the guarantee of 50 years of no change.

23 Jan 2020 - 11:54PM

The central and local governments are signalling the possibility of extending Hong Kong’s governing principle by which the city can continue its way of life beyond the guarantee of 50 years of no change.

Will ‘one country, two systems’ survive after 2047?
Why Beijing loves Donald Trump
My Take | Bosses at Ocean Park must pay for mess

Time has come for a senior management overhaul at Hong Kong theme park, which is billions of dollars in debt and now expects the government to bail it out

21 Jan 2020 - 11:17PM

Time has come for a senior management overhaul at Hong Kong theme park, which is billions of dollars in debt and now expects the government to bail it out

Bosses at Ocean Park must pay for mess
My Take | Mainland migrants needed to counter ageing population

Plan proposed by Sun Hung Kai Properties boss Adam Kwok Kai-fai to reduce mainland immigration would have wide local appeal but is politically impossible and demographically unwise.

20 Jan 2020 - 10:21PM

Plan proposed by Sun Hung Kai Properties boss Adam Kwok Kai-fai to reduce mainland immigration would have wide local appeal but is politically impossible and demographically unwise.

Mainland migrants needed to counter ageing population
My Take | Paul Chan, now is not the time to be stingy

The job of the financial secretary should not be to keep the government wealthy, but to make people better off

19 Jan 2020 - 10:46PM

The job of the financial secretary should not be to keep the government wealthy, but to make people better off

Paul Chan, now is not the time to be stingy
My Take | A philosophical message from the grave for Hong Kong

The late conservative British philosopher Roger Scruton has much to teach us about democracy and youthful rebellion

17 Jan 2020 - 11:16PM

The late conservative British philosopher Roger Scruton has much to teach us about democracy and youthful rebellion

A philosophical message from the grave for Hong Kong
My Take | How to weaponise human rights against Hong Kong

Whether let in or kicked out, Kenneth Roth of Human Rights Watch has cleverly exploited the city’s troubles to further his group’s agenda in giving cover to US interventionist policy

16 Jan 2020 - 10:35PM

Whether let in or kicked out, Kenneth Roth of Human Rights Watch has cleverly exploited the city’s troubles to further his group’s agenda in giving cover to US interventionist policy

How to weaponise human rights against Hong Kong
My Take | Private schools need tougher oversight

Ombudsman’s criticism of high private school charges and the hands-off approach of the Education Bureau is right on the money

15 Jan 2020 - 10:03PM

Ombudsman’s criticism of high private school charges and the hands-off approach of the Education Bureau is right on the money

Private schools need tougher oversight
My Take | Say yes to leniency but no to amnesty

Bar Association chairman Philip Dykes is right to argue prosecutors should be lenient with people arrested for non-violent offences related to protests but amnesty for all is legally impossible

14 Jan 2020 - 10:37PM

Bar Association chairman Philip Dykes is right to argue prosecutors should be lenient with people arrested for non-violent offences related to protests but amnesty for all is legally impossible

Say yes to leniency but no to amnesty