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.
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 | 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
Opinion | Hong Kong’s problems with noise and crowds can be eased with more pedestrian zones, not fewer

Issues that have arisen in pedestrian zones, such as in Mong Kok, could be relieved by creating more traffic-free areas. In addition to more space and cleaner air, this would give street performers more options and disperse crowds.

23 Nov 2018 - 7:03AM

Issues that have arisen in pedestrian zones, such as in Mong Kok, could be relieved by creating more traffic-free areas. In addition to more space and cleaner air, this would give street performers more options and disperse crowds.

Hong Kong’s problems with noise and crowds can be eased with more pedestrian zones, not fewer
Opinion | Integrating with China won’t diminish Hong Kong’s role, despite what some may think

Economics, rather than politics, drives the push for Greater Bay Area development, and fears that Hong Kong will become just another Chinese city are unwarranted.

8 Nov 2018 - 8:27PM

Economics, rather than politics, drives the push for Greater Bay Area development, and fears that Hong Kong will become just another Chinese city are unwarranted.

Integrating with China won’t diminish Hong Kong’s role, despite what some may think
Opinion | Tourism promotion should be aimed at visitors who like Hong Kong just the way it is

Hong Kong must choose between new attractions that inconvenience residents or tailoring tourism around the city’s authentic character.

25 Oct 2018 - 8:00PM

Hong Kong must choose between new attractions that inconvenience residents or tailoring tourism around the city’s authentic character.

Tourism promotion should be aimed at visitors who like Hong Kong just the way it is
Critics of Hong Kong’s response to Typhoon Mangkhut have a point: there are improvements to make

After Hong Kong’s worst typhoon on record, we should recognise the precautions that protected us but also how technology can ease the disruptions that followed, particularly on public transport.

11 Oct 2018 - 7:36PM

After Hong Kong’s worst typhoon on record, we should recognise the precautions that protected us but also how technology can ease the disruptions that followed, particularly on public transport.

Critics of Hong Kong’s response to Typhoon Mangkhut have a point: there are improvements to make
To turn farmland into public housing, Hong Kong must first agree on what’s fair. And that’s the problem

The public-private partnership model has worked in the past and can work again – if government officials, developers and the general public set aside their mistrust and commit to finding a mutually beneficial agreement.

27 Sep 2018 - 7:17PM

The public-private partnership model has worked in the past and can work again – if government officials, developers and the general public set aside their mistrust and commit to finding a mutually beneficial agreement.

To turn farmland into public housing, Hong Kong must first agree on what’s fair. And that’s the problem
Don’t forget the little guys in the Airbnb debate as Hong Kong weighs pros and cons of sharing economy

There are myriad interest groups to consider in the discussion about short-term rentals. Besides hotels, guest houses and Airbnb, there are the thousands of Airbnb users and small businesses that benefit, and the residents whose lives are disrupted.

14 Sep 2018 - 7:36AM

There are myriad interest groups to consider in the discussion about short-term rentals. Besides hotels, guest houses and Airbnb, there are the thousands of Airbnb users and small businesses that benefit, and the residents whose lives are disrupted.

Don’t forget the little guys in the Airbnb debate as Hong Kong weighs pros and cons of sharing economy
Opinion | Reclamation is Hong Kong’s best answer to the land supply problem in the long run

Taking land from country parks, the Fanling golf course, unused New Territories land and brownfield sites would either do more harm than good or be stymied by legal challenges. Land reclamation has its own obstacles, but will leave a better housing environment for the next generation.

30 Aug 2018 - 8:36PM

Taking land from country parks, the Fanling golf course, unused New Territories land and brownfield sites would either do more harm than good or be stymied by legal challenges. Land reclamation has its own obstacles, but will leave a better housing environment for the next generation.

Reclamation is Hong Kong’s best answer to the land supply problem in the long run
Hong Kong can pay to dispose of electronic waste properly – it can’t afford more pollution

The sheer volume of electronic equipment Hong Kong throws away every year has made the new producer responsibility scheme necessary.

16 Aug 2018 - 7:54PM

The sheer volume of electronic equipment Hong Kong throws away every year has made the new producer responsibility scheme necessary.

Hong Kong can pay to dispose of electronic waste properly –  it can’t afford more pollution
Opinion | Hong Kong’s ageing society is prone to ‘rich-person’s diseases’ but help is on the way

Cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory problems are the major causes of death in Hong Kong and linked to the ageing population. The government’s “Towards 2025” action plan is taking steps to address this.

14 Aug 2018 - 12:29PM

Cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory problems are the major causes of death in Hong Kong and linked to the ageing population. The government’s “Towards 2025” action plan is taking steps to address this.

Hong Kong’s ageing society is prone to ‘rich-person’s diseases’ but help is on the way
One Carrie Lam trait that’s good for Hong Kong: her willingness to be questioned

In her year in office, the Hong Kong chief executive has offered herself up for grilling by lawmakers in Legco sessions far more often than her predecessors, in a move that improves transparency and accountability.

19 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM

In her year in office, the Hong Kong chief executive has offered herself up for grilling by lawmakers in Legco sessions far more often than her predecessors, in a move that improves transparency and accountability.

One Carrie Lam trait that’s good for Hong Kong: her willingness to be questioned
Challenges on China’s belt and road are real and many, and they point to a role for Hong Kong

Experience shows cultural issues and community relations can be a worry for the Chinese companies and investors venturing abroad, and this is where Hong Kong, with its unique combination of business know-how and soft skills, can help.

5 Jul 2018 - 7:51PM

Experience shows cultural issues and community relations can be a worry for the Chinese companies and investors venturing abroad, and this is where Hong Kong, with its unique combination of business know-how and soft skills, can help.

Challenges on China’s belt and road are real and many, and they point to a role for Hong Kong