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 | 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
Opinion | Western media reports on the Hong Kong protests tell just one of many stories

Newsworthiness is one reason for the huge disparities in US media coverage – as documented by a media watchdog – of Hong Kong’s strife and unrest elsewhere. Another reason could be that these media organisations have a different role to play.

20 Dec 2019 - 6:27AM

Newsworthiness is one reason for the huge disparities in US media coverage – as documented by a media watchdog – of Hong Kong’s strife and unrest elsewhere. Another reason could be that these media organisations have a different role to play.

Western media reports on the Hong Kong protests tell just one of many stories
Opinion | Hong Kong democrats must not make city a pawn in the US-China power struggle

Washington’s new measures on Hong Kong are largely symbolic, but could backfire on us if seized upon by local activists as a way to put pressure on Beijing and the Hong Kong government. Backing US moves to provoke China is dangerous play.

5 Dec 2019 - 8:37PM

Washington’s new measures on Hong Kong are largely symbolic, but could backfire on us if seized upon by local activists as a way to put pressure on Beijing and the Hong Kong government. Backing US moves to provoke China is dangerous play.

Hong Kong democrats must not make city a pawn in the US-China power struggle
Opinion | Hong Kong’s government also wants district council elections that are fair, peaceful and productive

Despite rumours, officials do not want to postpone elections, not least because it would be a major PR disaster. But protesters need to stand down to ensure everyone feels safe enough to go out and vote.

22 Nov 2019 - 2:44AM

Despite rumours, officials do not want to postpone elections, not least because it would be a major PR disaster. But protesters need to stand down to ensure everyone feels safe enough to go out and vote.

Hong Kong’s government also wants district council elections that are fair, peaceful and productive
Opinion | Hongkongers will pay a heavy price for protest vandalism and lasting damage to the city’s image

Protesters’ vandalism of public and private premises creates problems for all Hongkongers, from the taxpayer to the business owner. Furthermore, photos of Hong Kong looking like a war zone hurt the city’s business-friendly reputation.

8 Nov 2019 - 9:14AM

Protesters’ vandalism of public and private premises creates problems for all Hongkongers, from the taxpayer to the business owner. Furthermore, photos of Hong Kong looking like a war zone hurt the city’s business-friendly reputation.

Hongkongers will pay a heavy price for protest vandalism and lasting damage to the city’s image
Opinion | Beneath the Hong Kong protests, a mental-health time bomb is ticking as fear and mistrust grow

Hong Kong, with its high suicide rate, has long been ill-equipped to deal with its mental health issues. The unbearable pressures of the ongoing protests could make that challenge the city’s biggest yet.

25 Oct 2019 - 10:30AM

Hong Kong, with its high suicide rate, has long been ill-equipped to deal with its mental health issues. The unbearable pressures of the ongoing protests could make that challenge the city’s biggest yet.

Beneath the Hong Kong protests, a mental-health time bomb is ticking as fear and mistrust grow
Opinion | Let the IPCC do its job of evaluating police conduct during the protests before taking the next step, an independent inquiry included

The discontent in Hong Kong clearly runs deep, and the next policy address will include official government responses. The IPCC has a role to play too, and should be given a chance before launching a complicated commission of inquiry.

11 Oct 2019 - 6:36AM

The discontent in Hong Kong clearly runs deep, and the next policy address will include official government responses. The IPCC has a role to play too, and should be given a chance before launching a complicated commission of inquiry.

Let the IPCC do its job of evaluating police conduct during the protests before taking the next step, an independent inquiry included
Opinion | Hong Kong is being dragged into the US-China trade war when it should be a bystander

Hong Kong’s protests have given it international prominence but the city – and its special economic status with the US – should not become a weapon in the US trade conflict with China.

27 Sep 2019 - 3:59AM

Hong Kong’s protests have given it international prominence but the city – and its special economic status with the US – should not become a weapon in the US trade conflict with China.

Hong Kong is being dragged into the US-China trade war when it should be a bystander
Opinion | Diverse and tolerant Hong Kong has always managed to unite to face challenges – and that’s what brings a weary city hope amid the continuing unrest

The past three months have been exhausting, physically and mentally, for MTR staff, police, reporters – and protesters. With the extradition bill withdrawn, now is the time to remember friends on the other side of the dispute and begin mending fences.

13 Sep 2019 - 6:15AM

The past three months have been exhausting, physically and mentally, for MTR staff, police, reporters – and protesters. With the extradition bill withdrawn, now is the time to remember friends on the other side of the dispute and begin mending fences.

Diverse and tolerant Hong Kong has always managed to unite to face challenges – and that’s what brings a weary city hope amid the continuing unrest
Opinion | To Beijing, the Hong Kong protest unrest is now a threat on a national level

The unrest must stop. This is no longer just about Hong Kong but a matter of China’s national sovereignty and security. For Hongkongers to ignore Beijing’s messages or shrug them off is a big mistake.

30 Aug 2019 - 6:45AM

The unrest must stop. This is no longer just about Hong Kong but a matter of China’s national sovereignty and security. For Hongkongers to ignore Beijing’s messages or shrug them off is a big mistake.

To Beijing, the Hong Kong protest unrest is now a threat on a national level
Opinion | Hong Kong will change for the better – but only when the protest violence comes to an end

There is no way the Hong Kong and Beijing governments can yield to the violence that threatens the constitutional order. However, once order is restored, the SAR government will not be able to proceed without making serious reforms.

16 Aug 2019 - 6:15AM

There is no way the Hong Kong and Beijing governments can yield to the violence that threatens the constitutional order. However, once order is restored, the SAR government will not be able to proceed without making serious reforms.

Hong Kong will change for the better – but only when the protest violence comes to an end
Opinion | Allowing the unrest to hurt Hong Kong’s image as a safe city will hurt all of us

The local stock market is reflecting jitters about local stability. Fears about Hong Kong’s international image and economy affect not only those in the financial sector but, ultimately, everyone in Hong Kong.

2 Aug 2019 - 12:24PM

The local stock market is reflecting jitters about local stability. Fears about Hong Kong’s international image and economy affect not only those in the financial sector but, ultimately, everyone in Hong Kong.

Allowing the unrest to hurt Hong Kong’s image as a safe city will hurt all of us
Opinion | Hong Kong government needs to win back trust by listening harder to not just the young, but everyone it serves

Older Hongkongers may prize material well-being while younger ones value social justice, but focusing on these divisions is to miss the point. To be effective, the government needs to listen to a broad range of the community on a broad range of issues.

18 Jul 2019 - 7:57PM

Older Hongkongers may prize material well-being while younger ones value social justice, but focusing on these divisions is to miss the point. To be effective, the government needs to listen to a broad range of the community on a broad range of issues.

Hong Kong government needs to win back trust by listening harder to not just the young, but everyone it serves
Opinion | Can Hong Kong rebuild trust when society’s deep divisions are being hardened by the social media echo chamber?

Hong Kong is split on who is to blame for the crisis – officials or opponents, police or protesters – and people’s views are only reinforced by what they choose to read online. A genuinely new and different approach to governance is the only way to move on.

5 Jul 2019 - 6:33AM

Hong Kong is split on who is to blame for the crisis – officials or opponents, police or protesters – and people’s views are only reinforced by what they choose to read online. A genuinely new and different approach to governance is the only way to move on.

Can Hong Kong rebuild trust when society’s deep divisions are being hardened by the social media echo chamber?
Opinion | Amid trade war challenges and the extradition controversy, Hong Kong officials must reconnect with the people

If Hong Kong is to avoid being collateral damage in the US-China trade war, it must get the relationship between the government and the people – riven by the controversy over the extradition bill – back on track.

21 Jun 2019 - 7:00AM

If Hong Kong is to avoid being collateral damage in the US-China trade war, it must get the relationship between the government and the people – riven by the controversy over the extradition bill – back on track.

Amid trade war challenges and the extradition controversy, Hong Kong officials must reconnect with the people
Opinion | Hong Kong’s independent judiciary is the ultimate safeguard against extradition fears

Extradition is neither simple nor straightforward and safeguards are in place against a miscarriage of justice, including open court hearings and the right to be heard up to Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal.

6 Jun 2019 - 8:43PM

Extradition is neither simple nor straightforward and safeguards are in place against a miscarriage of justice, including open court hearings and the right to be heard up to Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal.

Hong Kong’s independent judiciary is the ultimate safeguard against extradition fears
Opinion | Will Hong Kong really face a worker shortage in future? It’s impossible to know, so our best asset is agility

While making effort to correct mismatches in the labour market, such as too many graduates for too few jobs, the city should be prepared for any unforeseen changes in technology and the economy that will upend the best-laid plans.

23 May 2019 - 6:59PM

While making effort to correct mismatches in the labour market, such as too many graduates for too few jobs, the city should be prepared for any unforeseen changes in technology and the economy that will upend the best-laid plans.

Will Hong Kong really face a worker shortage in future? It’s impossible to know, so our best asset is agility
Opinion | Occupy leaders’ sentences are a testament to the rule of law and Hong Kong’s openness as a society

While the sentences handed down to the leaders of the 2014 Occupy movement appear to have satisfied few, they highlighted the independence of the courts and Hong Kong’s tolerance of protest, compared to other jurisdictions.

9 May 2019 - 7:21PM

While the sentences handed down to the leaders of the 2014 Occupy movement appear to have satisfied few, they highlighted the independence of the courts and Hong Kong’s tolerance of protest, compared to other jurisdictions.

Occupy leaders’ sentences are a testament to the rule of law and Hong Kong’s openness as a society
Opinion | Hong Kong’s ‘one country, two systems’ framework is more likely to stay if the mainland benefits from it too

While the government will not tolerate advocacy of Hong Kong independence, the city still enjoys freedom of speech and the independence of the judiciary. The current system may continue after 2047, if it remains of service to both Hong Kong and the mainland.

25 Apr 2019 - 8:00PM

While the government will not tolerate advocacy of Hong Kong independence, the city still enjoys freedom of speech and the independence of the judiciary. The current system may continue after 2047, if it remains of service to both Hong Kong and the mainland.

Hong Kong’s ‘one country, two systems’ framework is more likely to stay if the mainland benefits from it too
Opinion | Hong Kong commuters are hostages to a minority that stifles harbour tunnel toll reform

Upcoming district council elections mean candidates put pressure on lawmakers to block cross-harbour tunnel fee adjustments that could cost them votes from a small number of motorists – but which would improve both the commute and air quality for most people.

12 Apr 2019 - 9:07AM

Upcoming district council elections mean candidates put pressure on lawmakers to block cross-harbour tunnel fee adjustments that could cost them votes from a small number of motorists – but which would improve both the commute and air quality for most people.

Hong Kong commuters are hostages to a minority that stifles harbour tunnel toll reform
Opinion | In politically polarised Hong Kong, hurtful response to NPC delegate’s death highlights the decline of civility

While frictions over political and economic issues will continue to rise in Hong Kong, vicious personal attacks, like those directed at Peter Wong Man-kong on his death, serve little purpose.

28 Mar 2019 - 8:59PM

While frictions over political and economic issues will continue to rise in Hong Kong, vicious personal attacks, like those directed at Peter Wong Man-kong on his death, serve little purpose.

In politically polarised Hong Kong, hurtful response to NPC delegate’s death highlights the decline of civility
Opinion | The Greater Bay Area is not some insidious plot to integrate Hong Kong but a plan to change people’s lives for the better

The idea is to lower barriers that create inefficiencies in business and everyday lives across the region. But not all barriers: there is unlikely to be a free flow of capital, so as to keep Hong Kong’s special status as a free market.

15 Mar 2019 - 9:02AM

The idea is to lower barriers that create inefficiencies in business and everyday lives across the region. But not all barriers: there is unlikely to be a free flow of capital, so as to keep Hong Kong’s special status as a free market.

The Greater Bay Area is not some insidious plot to integrate Hong Kong but a plan to change people’s lives for the better
Opinion | Trade truce or not, the era of US-China cooperation may be over. What should Hong Kong do?

Despite Donald Trump announcing a delay in the trade deadline, growing mistrust between China and the West leaves smaller economies wondering how they will adjust.

5 Mar 2019 - 11:23AM

Despite Donald Trump announcing a delay in the trade deadline, growing mistrust between China and the West leaves smaller economies wondering how they will adjust.

Trade truce or not, the era of US-China cooperation may be over. What should Hong Kong do?
Opinion | Hong Kong’s proposed national anthem law is almost impossible to violate – unless you are very determined

Hong Kong’s draft national anthem bill targets public and intentional misuse, and is not intended to curb general freedoms or force people to be more patriotic.

15 Feb 2019 - 8:27AM

Hong Kong’s draft national anthem bill targets public and intentional misuse, and is not intended to curb general freedoms or force people to be more patriotic.

Hong Kong’s proposed national anthem law is almost impossible to violate – unless you are very determined
Opinion | Is Hong Kong reaching a tipping point in public anger? The government must tread carefully

From calls to build homes on golf course land, to the fuss over tunnel tolls and protests against raising the elderly welfare age limit and mainland shoppers, discontent is festering in Hong Kong, and the government needs to listen.

31 Jan 2019 - 7:31PM

From calls to build homes on golf course land, to the fuss over tunnel tolls and protests against raising the elderly welfare age limit and mainland shoppers, discontent is festering in Hong Kong, and the government needs to listen.

Is Hong Kong reaching a tipping point in public anger? The government must tread carefully
Opinion | Hong Kong is one of the world’s best places to live and work – but for how much longer?

Fears of a Hong Kong brain drain are overblown. The city’s long life expectancy, high education levels and low crime rate are just some of the advantages it offers residents, but the government must manage key livelihood issues.

18 Jan 2019 - 10:17AM

Fears of a Hong Kong brain drain are overblown. The city’s long life expectancy, high education levels and low crime rate are just some of the advantages it offers residents, but the government must manage key livelihood issues.

Hong Kong is one of the world’s best places to live and work – but for how much longer?
Opinion | Why slower economic growth may not be a bad thing for Hong Kong

With an economy at full capacity and after years of high rents and housing costs, a return to more affordable prices should be welcomed. Hong Kong’s 2019 fortunes will rest on many factors, not least the outcome of the US-China trade talks, Brexit, and China’s challenging economic transition.

4 Jan 2019 - 7:05AM

With an economy at full capacity and after years of high rents and housing costs, a return to more affordable prices should be welcomed. Hong Kong’s 2019 fortunes will rest on many factors, not least the outcome of the US-China trade talks, Brexit, and China’s challenging economic transition.

Why slower economic growth may not be a bad thing for Hong Kong
Opinion | Why the Greater Bay Area hard sell won’t work on young Hongkongers

Young people have good reasons for not flocking to the mainland. China isn’t short of skills and not all young Hongkongers have employment advantages across the border, even though there have been success stories.

20 Dec 2018 - 6:05PM

Young people have good reasons for not flocking to the mainland. China isn’t short of skills and not all young Hongkongers have employment advantages across the border, even though there have been success stories.

Why the Greater Bay Area hard sell won’t work on young Hongkongers
Opinion | Hong Kong has the talent for the future – it’s up to our schools to nurture it

Even with significantly more government spending on education, the challenge is to ensure the city’s school system is diverse and nimble enough to provide children with the skills and capabilities that are in demand.

6 Dec 2018 - 6:17PM

Even with significantly more government spending on education, the challenge is to ensure the city’s school system is diverse and nimble enough to provide children with the skills and capabilities that are in demand.

Hong Kong has the talent for the future – it’s up to our schools to nurture it