Anson Chan

Anson Chan

Anson Chan served as chief secretary of the Hong Kong government both before and after the handover, before retiring in 2001. As chief secretary, she headed the 190,000-strong civil service. She was the first woman and the first Chinese to hold the second-highest governmental position in Hong Kong.

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Opinion | In one voice, Hong Kong demands an independent inquiry into the unrest. Why won’t Carrie Lam say yes?

The chief executive must stop hoping the IPCC report will placate protesters. The recent statement by international experts provides Lam with a cast-iron case to take to Beijing in favour of an independent commission of inquiry into the protests.

The chief executive must stop hoping the IPCC report will placate protesters. The recent statement by international experts provides Lam with a cast-iron case to take to Beijing in favour of an independent commission of inquiry into the protests.

21 Nov 2019 - 12:11PM
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
6 Aug 2015 - 4:55PM
18 Mar 2015 - 4:05PM
Hong Kong needs its leaders to lead, for once, or protests will continue

The campuses of Hong Kong's universities are peppered with faculty buildings that bear the names of their generous sponsors, mostly prosperous business tycoons and their heirs and successors.

The campuses of Hong Kong's universities are peppered with faculty buildings that bear the names of their generous sponsors, mostly prosperous business tycoons and their heirs and successors.

31 Oct 2014 - 11:11AM
Turnout for Occupy Central vote a stirring show of Hong Kong defiance

As Occupy Central's civil referendum draws to a close, we can afford to pause and reflect on the old maxim that a week is a long time in politics.

As Occupy Central's civil referendum draws to a close, we can afford to pause and reflect on the old maxim that a week is a long time in politics.

27 Jun 2014 - 2:35AM
World is watching the outcome of Hong Kong's democracy fight

When Martin Lee and I decided to undertake our recent trip to the United States and Canada in response to invitations from the Asia Society and the Asia Pacific Foundation, we knew to expect a barrage of criticism from the central government authorities and pro-Beijing forces in Hong Kong.

When Martin Lee and I decided to undertake our recent trip to the United States and Canada in response to invitations from the Asia Society and the Asia Pacific Foundation, we knew to expect a barrage of criticism from the central government authorities and pro-Beijing forces in Hong Kong.

25 Apr 2014 - 3:52AM
18 Dec 2013 - 5:33AM
24 Jun 2011 - 12:00AM
China's claim to greatness must rest on its ethics

China has the potential to be a force for tremendous good in the world. Already, it is using its considerable fiscal reserves to invest heavily in economic and transport infrastructure in Africa and Latin America, supporting the construction of roads, railways, ports and mines.

China has the potential to be a force for tremendous good in the world. Already, it is using its considerable fiscal reserves to invest heavily in economic and transport infrastructure in Africa and Latin America, supporting the construction of roads, railways, ports and mines.

22 Feb 2013 - 4:07AM
8 May 2013 - 4:23AM
Hong Kong in the mood for democracy

The torrent of criticism unleashed upon Professor Benny Tai Yiu-ting's initiative to "Let Love and Peace Occupy Central" is truly astonishing. Leading the charge are the China Daily and local pro-Beijing newspapers which have been publishing an unrelenting stream of articles and opinion pieces, accusing those who support the movement of being determined to break the law just for the sake of it.

The torrent of criticism unleashed upon Professor Benny Tai Yiu-ting's initiative to "Let Love and Peace Occupy Central" is truly astonishing. Leading the charge are the China Daily and local pro-Beijing newspapers which have been publishing an unrelenting stream of articles and opinion pieces, accusing those who support the movement of being determined to break the law just for the sake of it.

28 Jun 2013 - 4:39AM