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 | 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.

14 Aug 2020 - 9:15AM

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.

21 May 2020 - 8:46PM

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
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?