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 | How pan-dems failed to put out the FIRE

The insidious influence of the finance, insurance and real estate industries remains after the chance to abolish Legco’s functional sector seats was lost when the electoral reform package was rejected in 2015

22 Sep 2019 - 11:16PM

The insidious influence of the finance, insurance and real estate industries remains after the chance to abolish Legco’s functional sector seats was lost when the electoral reform package was rejected in 2015

How pan-dems failed to put out the FIRE
My Take | The industries that have set Hong Kong on fire

‘Regulatory capture’ of government by finance, insurance and real estate sectors has plunged city into chaos and misery

20 Sep 2019 - 10:26PM

‘Regulatory capture’ of government by finance, insurance and real estate sectors has plunged city into chaos and misery

The industries that have set Hong Kong on fire
My Take | Washington puts on farcical show over Hong Kong

American politicians really scraped the bottom of the barrel to find three talking heads at congressional hearing on situation in city.

20 Sep 2019 - 5:32AM

American politicians really scraped the bottom of the barrel to find three talking heads at congressional hearing on situation in city.

Washington puts on farcical show over Hong Kong
My Take | UN just a depository of Sino-British treaty

Claims by opposition in city that the agreement is an international treaty because it is lodged and registered at the world body are simply absurd

19 Sep 2019 - 10:49AM

Claims by opposition in city that the agreement is an international treaty because it is lodged and registered at the world body are simply absurd

UN just a depository of Sino-British treaty
My Take | No basis for international community to intervene

What is happening in Hong Kong is an internal matter and there is no moral, legal or practical basis for other countries to step in

17 Sep 2019 - 11:07PM

What is happening in Hong Kong is an internal matter and there is no moral, legal or practical basis for other countries to step in

No basis for international community to intervene
My Take | Street cleaners and MTR staff are unsung heroes – and victims – of unrest

Those left to clear up mess after months of violent protest are exposed to danger and expected to perform additional duties with little reward

16 Sep 2019 - 10:25PM

Those left to clear up mess after months of violent protest are exposed to danger and expected to perform additional duties with little reward

Street cleaners and MTR staff are unsung heroes – and victims – of unrest
My Take | Planned US bill on Hong Kong is the worst kind of hypocrisy

The bipartisan Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act is an example of the type of double standards that actually cost many lives.

16 Sep 2019 - 8:27AM

The bipartisan Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act is an example of the type of double standards that actually cost many lives.

Planned US bill on Hong Kong is the worst kind of hypocrisy
My Take | Forget universal suffrage, reform the government instead

Bad habits need to be broken, particularly with land, and system that enables privileged minority to profit disproportionately from public resource.

14 Sep 2019 - 3:43AM

Bad habits need to be broken, particularly with land, and system that enables privileged minority to profit disproportionately from public resource.

Forget universal suffrage, reform the government instead
My Take | Protesters now believe their own fake news

Instead of concentrating on possible use of excessive force by police at subway station, they were distracted by discredited conspiracy theory

12 Sep 2019 - 11:34PM

Instead of concentrating on possible use of excessive force by police at subway station, they were distracted by discredited conspiracy theory

Protesters now believe their own fake news
My Take | Our social media warriors are reaching a dead end

Facebook and Twitter helped fuel failed revolutions and the same will happen in Hong Kong thanks to the likes of Telegram and lihkg.com

11 Sep 2019 - 10:50PM

Facebook and Twitter helped fuel failed revolutions and the same will happen in Hong Kong thanks to the likes of Telegram and lihkg.com

Our social media warriors are reaching a dead end
My Take | Li Ka-shing is right: young people need a way out

A living wage, free university education and subsidised rents could help those trapped in city’s ongoing crisis have real stake in their own society

10 Sep 2019 - 10:38PM

A living wage, free university education and subsidised rents could help those trapped in city’s ongoing crisis have real stake in their own society

Li Ka-shing is right: young people need a way out
My Take | China’s sovereign power more important than ‘one country two systems’

Ending special customs recognition with US would be bad for all sides, and Beijing would not be held hostage by an American law that would allow Hong Kong’s unrestrained political development

9 Sep 2019 - 10:14PM

Ending special customs recognition with US would be bad for all sides, and Beijing would not be held hostage by an American law that would allow Hong Kong’s unrestrained political development

China’s sovereign power more important than ‘one country two systems’
My Take | Hong Kong lawmakers who serve the United States Congress

Civic Party legislators are partnering with a hostile foreign power that is prepared to use Hong Kong as another battleground to fight China

8 Sep 2019 - 10:49PM

Civic Party legislators are partnering with a hostile foreign power that is prepared to use Hong Kong as another battleground to fight China

Hong Kong lawmakers who serve the United States Congress
My Take | Nancy Pelosi should tackle her problems at home first

Shocking homelessness and poverty in San Francisco appear to have been overlooked by US House speaker who has a lot to say on events in Hong Kong

6 Sep 2019 - 11:16PM

Shocking homelessness and poverty in San Francisco appear to have been overlooked by US House speaker who has a lot to say on events in Hong Kong

Nancy Pelosi should tackle her problems at home first
My Take | Now Carrie Lam has said the word, people must save city

Withdrawal of extradition bill should now be followed by realistic concessions that address grievances arising from unrest on all sides

5 Sep 2019 - 10:14PM

Withdrawal of extradition bill should now be followed by realistic concessions that address grievances arising from unrest on all sides

Now Carrie Lam has said the word, people must save city
My Take | Is US the world policeman or dirtiest cop?

Washington officials pursuing Huawei over claims made by Portuguese tech company are using law as an instrument of diplomacy or war

4 Sep 2019 - 11:08PM

Washington officials pursuing Huawei over claims made by Portuguese tech company are using law as an instrument of diplomacy or war

Is US the world policeman or dirtiest cop?
My Take | Did Carrie Lam just say sorry behind closed doors?

Despite the denial, an audio tape appears to confirm rumours that the city’s besieged leader has tried to quit, but Beijing will not let her

4 Sep 2019 - 12:59AM

Despite the denial, an audio tape appears to confirm rumours that the city’s besieged leader has tried to quit, but Beijing will not let her

Did Carrie Lam just say sorry behind closed doors?
My Take | Hong Kong: a failed political experiment

The city’s ‘one country, two systems’ formula, billed as the model to reunify Taiwan with the mainland, has only succeeded in putting both sides off

2 Sep 2019 - 10:45PM

The city’s ‘one country, two systems’ formula, billed as the model to reunify Taiwan with the mainland, has only succeeded in putting both sides off

Hong Kong: a failed political experiment
My Take | Protesters see the police as an occupation force

Rightly or wrongly, officers are often perceived as being in the service of an outside power, and the fact that they are locals makes them worse than the People’s Liberation Army or People’s Armed Police

1 Sep 2019 - 10:37PM

Rightly or wrongly, officers are often perceived as being in the service of an outside power, and the fact that they are locals makes them worse than the People’s Liberation Army or People’s Armed Police

Protesters see the police as an occupation force
Hong Kong is not Tiananmen, history offers no guidance
My Take | Carrie Lam must draw her red line and stick to it

City leader has to make it clear that she will not tolerate any loss of life from escalating violence and will declare a state of emergency if need be

29 Aug 2019 - 10:37PM

City leader has to make it clear that she will not tolerate any loss of life from escalating violence and will declare a state of emergency if need be

Carrie Lam must draw her red line and stick to it
My Take | Why young rebels welcome a societal collapse

Some radical groups believe the only way to destroy the central government and Communist Party is by destroying Hong Kong first.

28 Aug 2019 - 10:17PM

Some radical groups believe the only way to destroy the central government and Communist Party is by destroying Hong Kong first.

Why young rebels welcome a societal collapse
My Take | Why the US is eyeing Hong Kong and Greenland

The two places may be poles apart, but both have a geopolitical value for Washington: Greenland for its resources and Hong Kong as leverage against China

27 Aug 2019 - 10:45PM

The two places may be poles apart, but both have a geopolitical value for Washington: Greenland for its resources and Hong Kong as leverage against China

Why the US is eyeing Hong Kong and Greenland
My Take | For all our sakes, do not cross that line

Violence is escalating between protesters and police, and face-offs have to stop before someone is killed

26 Aug 2019 - 10:37PM

Violence is escalating between protesters and police, and face-offs have to stop before someone is killed

For all our sakes, do not cross that line
My Take | Both sides must give to find a solution to Hong Kong’s crisis

So long as neither camp is willing to make concessions, there is no answer and we are in for a long, nasty haul

25 Aug 2019 - 10:35PM

So long as neither camp is willing to make concessions, there is no answer and we are in for a long, nasty haul

Both sides must give to find a solution to Hong Kong’s crisis
My Take | Young rebels bring suffering not liberation

The little people are hurting most in city protests that are already behind mental health crisis, brain drain and economic slump

23 Aug 2019 - 10:33PM

The little people are hurting most in city protests that are already behind mental health crisis, brain drain and economic slump

Young rebels bring suffering not liberation
My Take | How to make a fool of yourself by waving a flag

There’s one group in Hong Kong waving the American ensign and singing the Star-Spangled Banner, while in Canada there’s an opposing bloc that shows its patriotism by driving high-end sports cars draped in the Chinese flag

22 Aug 2019 - 10:49PM

There’s one group in Hong Kong waving the American ensign and singing the Star-Spangled Banner, while in Canada there’s an opposing bloc that shows its patriotism by driving high-end sports cars draped in the Chinese flag

How to make a fool of yourself by waving a flag
My Take | Beijing’s non-Tiananmen response: build up Shenzhen, forget Hong Kong

In the near future, unless it changes course, Hong Kong will be more unsafe and unstable, while Shenzhen will be less unfree and more prosperous

21 Aug 2019 - 10:31PM

In the near future, unless it changes course, Hong Kong will be more unsafe and unstable, while Shenzhen will be less unfree and more prosperous

Beijing’s non-Tiananmen response: build up Shenzhen, forget Hong Kong
My Take | Hong Kong is not Taiwan, that’s the reality

Misguided youngsters who say city is separate from mainland have been failed by their elders, not Beijing, and as members of a lost generation are rightfully angry

20 Aug 2019 - 10:40PM

Misguided youngsters who say city is separate from mainland have been failed by their elders, not Beijing, and as members of a lost generation are rightfully angry

Hong Kong is not Taiwan, that’s the reality
My Take | Protesters in need of carrots after sticks

As violence gives way to peace at rallies, the government should consider reacting to latest overtures and taking a more conciliatory stance

19 Aug 2019 - 10:39PM

As violence gives way to peace at rallies, the government should consider reacting to latest overtures and taking a more conciliatory stance

Protesters in need of carrots after sticks