Bernard Chan

Bernard Chan

Bernard Charnwut Chan, born in 1965, is a Hong Kong politician and businessman. He is the grandson of Chin Sophonpanich, the late founder of Bangkok Bank. He is currently convenor of Hong Kong's Executive Council.

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Opinion | To stay or go? Hong Kong remains the best choice, but it can do more to retain its home-grown talent

Every Hongkonger who moves away is a loss for family and friends, and for the city. While fewer may leave under the BN(O) visa scheme than Britain predicts, we need to create a better city for new talent and existing residents alike.

12 Feb 2021 - 6:50AM

Every Hongkonger who moves away is a loss for family and friends, and for the city. While fewer may leave under the BN(O) visa scheme than Britain predicts, we need to create a better city for new talent and existing residents alike.

To stay or go? Hong Kong remains the best choice, but it can do more to retain its home-grown talent
Opinion | Hong Kong’s fourth wave: crumbling Yau Tsim Mong’s overdue repairs more urgent than ever in pandemic

Densely populated with old, subdivided flats in poor repair, the Kowloon district has, unsurprisingly, become a centre of Covid-19 contagion. Immediate action is needed to tackle the dilapidated housing and poor living conditions.

29 Jan 2021 - 6:45AM

Densely populated with old, subdivided flats in poor repair, the Kowloon district has, unsurprisingly, become a centre of Covid-19 contagion. Immediate action is needed to tackle the dilapidated housing and poor living conditions.

Hong Kong’s fourth wave: crumbling Yau Tsim Mong’s overdue repairs more urgent than ever in pandemic
Opinion | If Hong Kong’s 21-day coronavirus quarantine must remain, let’s make it less painful

The city’s demanding restrictions on returning residents have disrupted plans and imposed a mental and financial strains on many. More should be done to make Hongkongers comfortable and healthy in quarantine, and ensure hotels are affordable.

15 Jan 2021 - 7:01AM

The city’s demanding restrictions on returning residents have disrupted plans and imposed a mental and financial strains on many. More should be done to make Hongkongers comfortable and healthy in quarantine, and ensure hotels are affordable.

If Hong Kong’s 21-day coronavirus quarantine must remain, let’s make it less painful
Opinion | Mass Covid-19 vaccinations are the light at the end of the tunnel in 2021

The most important thing is to get as many Hongkongers vaccinated as possible. Giving people a choice of vaccines will boost confidence. No matter where the vaccines are from, they will be subject to stringent reviews and quality tests.

1 Jan 2021 - 10:28AM

The most important thing is to get as many Hongkongers vaccinated as possible. Giving people a choice of vaccines will boost confidence. No matter where the vaccines are from, they will be subject to stringent reviews and quality tests.

Mass Covid-19 vaccinations are the light at the end of the tunnel in 2021
Opinion | Lessons of the Cold War – and the hot one in ancient Greece – are not lost on China and the US

War is not inevitable – Washington and Beijing are going through a low point in their relations, but the incoming Biden administration is likely to bring positive change.

18 Dec 2020 - 7:12AM

War is not inevitable – Washington and Beijing are going through a low point in their relations, but the incoming Biden administration is likely to bring positive change.

Lessons of the Cold War – and the hot one in ancient Greece – are not lost on China and the US
Opinion | How Hong Kong aviation is going to come back stronger – with Beijing’s blessing

Hong Kong remains the world’s top air cargo port. Beijing’s green light for the integration of Zhuhai and Hong Kong airports has put paid to speculation that it was favouring Shenzhen as the aviation hub for the Greater Bay Area.

4 Dec 2020 - 6:47AM

Hong Kong remains the world’s top air cargo port. Beijing’s green light for the integration of Zhuhai and Hong Kong airports has put paid to speculation that it was favouring Shenzhen as the aviation hub for the Greater Bay Area.

How Hong Kong aviation is going to come back stronger – with Beijing’s blessing
Opinion | US-China relations: Biden’s victory over Trump can turn down the heat

The US and Hong Kong business communities can expect more stable leadership while a divided Congress means radical changes or huge spending packages are unlikely, which is good news for investors.

20 Nov 2020 - 9:15AM

The US and Hong Kong business communities can expect more stable leadership while a divided Congress means radical changes or huge spending packages are unlikely, which is good news for investors.

US-China relations: Biden’s victory over Trump can turn down the heat
Opinion | Hong Kong can’t wait any longer for a waste charging scheme

Hong Kong is more than a decade late in confronting the problem of its municipal waste, whose growth has outstripped the city’s population. We simply don’t have any wiggle room; for future sustainability, lawmakers must agree and vote for the scheme.

6 Nov 2020 - 9:45AM

Hong Kong is more than a decade late in confronting the problem of its municipal waste, whose growth has outstripped the city’s population. We simply don’t have any wiggle room; for future sustainability, lawmakers must agree and vote for the scheme.

Hong Kong can’t wait any longer for a waste charging scheme
Opinion | Thai protest misinformation a reminder of how easily fake news can spread on social media

Hongkongers love to get and share news via social media, but it’s important to avoid spreading misinformation, which erodes trust in institutions and disconnects and divides people. We should all stop, reflect and verify before forwarding that link.

23 Oct 2020 - 8:45AM

Hongkongers love to get and share news via social media, but it’s important to avoid spreading misinformation, which erodes trust in institutions and disconnects and divides people. We should all stop, reflect and verify before forwarding that link.

Thai protest misinformation a reminder of how easily fake news can spread on social media
Opinion | Opposition made the right decision to stay in Legco and start political healing in Hong Kong

In deciding to remain in the legislature, the pan-democrats risk accusations of betrayal and voter rejection. But everyone needs to let go of something for the greater interest of Hong Kong.

9 Oct 2020 - 7:58AM

In deciding to remain in the legislature, the pan-democrats risk accusations of betrayal and voter rejection. But everyone needs to let go of something for the greater interest of Hong Kong.

Opposition made the right decision to stay in Legco and start political healing in Hong Kong
Opinion | How to overcome Hong Kong’s growing fatigue and resentment of Covid-19 restrictions

Why open pools but not beaches, or target domestic workers for gathering on their day off? To address public frustrations, the government needs to explain restrictions more thoroughly, use them in a more targeted way, and enforce them more fairly

25 Sep 2020 - 6:50AM

Why open pools but not beaches, or target domestic workers for gathering on their day off? To address public frustrations, the government needs to explain restrictions more thoroughly, use them in a more targeted way, and enforce them more fairly

How to overcome Hong Kong’s growing fatigue and resentment of Covid-19 restrictions
Opinion | True aim of Hong Kong’s mass Covid-19 testing is not virus eradication but preparedness

Hong Kong now has experience organising large-scale, rapid community testing and screening, which gives it a big advantage as the winter flu season approaches along with the risk of a new spike in coronavirus cases.

11 Sep 2020 - 8:20AM

Hong Kong now has experience organising large-scale, rapid community testing and screening, which gives it a big advantage as the winter flu season approaches along with the risk of a new spike in coronavirus cases.

True aim of Hong Kong’s mass Covid-19 testing is not virus eradication but preparedness
Opinion | Living with coronavirus: global travel cannot restart without common rules to certify those free of Covid-19

Globally accepted norms must be developed before cross-border travel bubbles can be set up, specifying what tests are acceptable at which labs. The initial chaos caused by Hong Kong’s new travel rules highlights the need for such a digital health code.

28 Aug 2020 - 6:53AM

Globally accepted norms must be developed before cross-border travel bubbles can be set up, specifying what tests are acceptable at which labs. The initial chaos caused by Hong Kong’s new travel rules highlights the need for such a digital health code.

Living with coronavirus: global travel cannot restart without common rules to certify those free of Covid-19
Opinion | Covid-19 cabin fever? For safety-minded Hong Kong, travel bubbles might still be months away

Hong Kong was moving forward with travel bubble arrangements before the third wave of infection hit. Ironically, the cautiousness that has made Asia successful in the Covid-19 battle may keep the region from easily forming air bridges.

20 Oct 2020 - 1:02PM

Hong Kong was moving forward with travel bubble arrangements before the third wave of infection hit. Ironically, the cautiousness that has made Asia successful in the Covid-19 battle may keep the region from easily forming air bridges.

Covid-19 cabin fever? For safety-minded Hong Kong, travel bubbles might still be months away
Opinion | Masks are here to stay – we just need to keep them out of our landfills and seas

Every day, 10-15 tonnes of discarded masks end up in Hong Kong’s landfills, and more wash up on the beaches. The challenge is for Hong Kong is to design a mask that meets expert standards and is environmentally sustainable.

31 Jul 2020 - 9:38AM

Every day, 10-15 tonnes of discarded masks end up in Hong Kong’s landfills, and more wash up on the beaches. The challenge is for Hong Kong is to design a mask that meets expert standards and is environmentally sustainable.

Masks are here to stay – we just need to keep them out of our landfills and seas
Opinion | Shame on Trump for using international students as political pawns

The Trump administration’s aborted visa rule change, which threatened deportation for foreign students in the US, was political and desperate. Kudos to the US universities and companies who stood up and fought to right a wrong

17 Jul 2020 - 6:07AM

The Trump administration’s aborted visa rule change, which threatened deportation for foreign students in the US, was political and desperate. Kudos to the US universities and companies who stood up and fought to right a wrong

Shame on Trump for using international students as political pawns
Opinion | With the national security law in place, Hong Kong’s future is more promising than ever

Security and stability is good for business and ends the political gridlock distracting the government. Even the threat of US sanctions seems to be receding. New law also makes China feel more secure about Hong Kong.

3 Jul 2020 - 10:10AM

Security and stability is good for business and ends the political gridlock distracting the government. Even the threat of US sanctions seems to be receding. New law also makes China feel more secure about Hong Kong.

With the national security law in place, Hong Kong’s future is more promising than ever
Opinion | How to prevent Hong Kong police and the press from clashing at protests – and hopefully build some trust

Rather than a government-run or policed system of registration for journalists, Hong Kong should consider setting up a self-regulatory journalists’ body, to liaise with police on safety and access issues, and keep student reporters safely away from the front lines.

19 Jun 2020 - 6:32AM

Rather than a government-run or policed system of registration for journalists, Hong Kong should consider setting up a self-regulatory journalists’ body, to liaise with police on safety and access issues, and keep student reporters safely away from the front lines.

How to prevent Hong Kong police and the press from clashing at protests – and hopefully build some trust
Opinion | Hong Kong must have faith that national security law will be clear and precise, to avoid misunderstandings

After trying Beijing’s patience for years with squabbling and political gridlock, Hong Kong must now be patient and have faith that the national security law will be implemented properly, with clear and precise wording.

5 Jun 2020 - 9:42AM

After trying Beijing’s patience for years with squabbling and political gridlock, Hong Kong must now be patient and have faith that the national security law will be implemented properly, with clear and precise wording.

Hong Kong must have faith that national security law will be clear and precise, to avoid misunderstandings
Opinion | Coronavirus: Soon, Hong Kong may set up ‘travel bubbles’ and even slowly bring back travel for leisure

It will be a long time before the world as a whole goes back to its old travel habits – maybe not until well into next year. But it does not have to mean we must all be stuck in Hong Kong for another 12 or 18 months.

20 Oct 2020 - 1:05PM

It will be a long time before the world as a whole goes back to its old travel habits – maybe not until well into next year. But it does not have to mean we must all be stuck in Hong Kong for another 12 or 18 months.

Coronavirus: Soon, Hong Kong may set up ‘travel bubbles’ and even slowly bring back travel for leisure
Opinion | Western governments could have made coronavirus plans in January. Why blame others now?

By the time the WHO formally declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on January 30, any government could have started preparing. From Hong Kong to Hanoi, Asian governments took the pandemic seriously and acted fast.

7 May 2020 - 11:08PM

By the time the WHO formally declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on January 30, any government could have started preparing. From Hong Kong to Hanoi, Asian governments took the pandemic seriously and acted fast.

Western governments could have made coronavirus plans in January. Why blame others now?
Opinion | How the untold story of quarantine monitoring has taken Hong Kong closer to winning the Covid-19 fight

With limited places available in quarantine facilities, many people have been served stay-home orders that could not have worked without a group of people dedicated to improving the tracking gadgets and monitoring that quarantines are observed.

24 Apr 2020 - 10:55AM

With limited places available in quarantine facilities, many people have been served stay-home orders that could not have worked without a group of people dedicated to improving the tracking gadgets and monitoring that quarantines are observed.

How the untold story of quarantine monitoring has taken Hong Kong closer to winning the Covid-19 fight
Opinion | No room for complacency as Hong Kong fights to end the coronavirus surge and avoid a ‘third wave’

The city was not alone in being hit by a ‘second wave’ of infections last month as Hongkongers returned sick from abroad and locally transmitted cases also shot up.

10 Apr 2020 - 9:52AM

The city was not alone in being hit by a ‘second wave’ of infections last month as Hongkongers returned sick from abroad and locally transmitted cases also shot up.

No room for complacency as Hong Kong fights to end the coronavirus surge and avoid a ‘third wave’
Opinion | Community efforts against coronavirus have been key to averting major public health disaster in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is being lauded for its containment effort now countries in the West are experiencing the challenges it faced in the early days when infection numbers spiked. Government competence can only go so far. The real heroes are all the people.

27 Mar 2020 - 9:00AM

Hong Kong is being lauded for its containment effort now countries in the West are experiencing the challenges it faced in the early days when infection numbers spiked. Government competence can only go so far. The real heroes are all the people.

Community efforts against coronavirus have been key to averting major public health disaster in Hong Kong
Opinion | Opposition activists can dream, but it’s still business as usual for the US and Hong Kong

The possibility of any disruption to Hong Kong’s economic relations with the US is worrying. But despite hawkish rhetoric and the passage of the Human Rights and Democracy act, there is considerable goodwill in the US towards Hong Kong.

13 Mar 2020 - 6:05AM

The possibility of any disruption to Hong Kong’s economic relations with the US is worrying. But despite hawkish rhetoric and the passage of the Human Rights and Democracy act, there is considerable goodwill in the US towards Hong Kong.

Opposition activists can dream, but it’s still business as usual for the US and Hong Kong
Opinion | Face masks are scarce in coronavirus-hit Hong Kong. Let’s spare them for the people most in need

The government and private sector are doing their best to boost supply but there just aren’t enough masks to go around. The advice for all to wear a mask when outside, based on the idea that it’s better to be safe than sorry, is not feasible when supplies are limited.

28 Feb 2020 - 6:10AM

The government and private sector are doing their best to boost supply but there just aren’t enough masks to go around. The advice for all to wear a mask when outside, based on the idea that it’s better to be safe than sorry, is not feasible when supplies are limited.

Face masks are scarce in coronavirus-hit Hong Kong. Let’s spare them for the people most in need
Opinion | The fact overlooked in Hong Kong’s coronavirus panic: most cross-border travellers are Hongkongers

Hundreds of thousands, including truck drivers and Hong Kong travellers, cross the border every day. And even government critics accept that we can’t just switch off the flow of goods from the mainland. Is it helpful to politicise this issue?

14 Feb 2020 - 9:00AM

Hundreds of thousands, including truck drivers and Hong Kong travellers, cross the border every day. And even government critics accept that we can’t just switch off the flow of goods from the mainland. Is it helpful to politicise this issue?

The fact overlooked in Hong Kong’s coronavirus panic: most cross-border travellers are Hongkongers
Opinion | Hong Kong protests: a ‘yellow’ vs ‘blue’ economy might push small businesses into the red

Is it fair to demand small business owners, who put money and hard work into their ventures, take a political stand?

31 Jan 2020 - 5:55AM

Is it fair to demand small business owners, who put money and hard work into their ventures, take a political stand?

Hong Kong protests: a ‘yellow’ vs ‘blue’ economy might push small businesses into the red
Opinion | HK$10 billion welfare package signals a seismic shift in Hong Kong government’s priority

The long tradition of putting fiscal responsibility above all and keeping Hong Kong business-friendly at all costs, is changing as the government shows a greater willingness to redistribute wealth, look after those in need and give everyone a fairer deal.

17 Jan 2020 - 7:47AM

The long tradition of putting fiscal responsibility above all and keeping Hong Kong business-friendly at all costs, is changing as the government shows a greater willingness to redistribute wealth, look after those in need and give everyone a fairer deal.

HK$10 billion welfare package signals a seismic shift in Hong Kong government’s priority
Opinion | Don’t believe the absurd conspiracy theories: there’s no way people could have been killed in Hong Kong without anyone speaking out

A whistle-blower culture is taking hold around the world. So, even with scepticism about the official line, it is puzzling that some in Hong Kong still believe there were deaths in an MTR station even though no one has come forward.

3 Jan 2020 - 6:28AM

A whistle-blower culture is taking hold around the world. So, even with scepticism about the official line, it is puzzling that some in Hong Kong still believe there were deaths in an MTR station even though no one has come forward.

Don’t believe the absurd conspiracy theories: there’s no way people could have been killed in Hong Kong without anyone speaking out