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’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 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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
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.

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.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
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.

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.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
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.

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.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
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.

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.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
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.

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
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.

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
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.

How an ageing society can be a Hong Kong success story – if it is planned for carefully and creatively

The Hong Kong government is already taking steps to accommodate Hong Kong’s ageing population, but there are opportunities for the private sector, too

21 Jun 2018 - 6:53PM
How an ageing society can be a Hong Kong success story – if it is planned for carefully and creatively

The Hong Kong government is already taking steps to accommodate Hong Kong’s ageing population, but there are opportunities for the private sector, too

How the Central Police Station compound can become a space for everyone, not just criminals or history buffs

Heritage conservation in Hong Kong can be fraught with challenges, but the Tai Kwun project shows that its possible to get it right.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
How the Central Police Station compound can become a space for everyone, not just criminals or history buffs

Heritage conservation in Hong Kong can be fraught with challenges, but the Tai Kwun project shows that its possible to get it right.

Why a new housing plan for squatters signals a radical change in Hong Kong governance

The government’s offer of more generous compensation to try to speed up new town development represents a break with its long-held principles of safeguarding taxpayers’ money, and is a sign officials are ready to move with the times.

24 May 2018 - 7:08PM
Why a new housing plan for squatters signals a radical change in Hong Kong governance

The government’s offer of more generous compensation to try to speed up new town development represents a break with its long-held principles of safeguarding taxpayers’ money, and is a sign officials are ready to move with the times.

How to build more affordable housing in Hong Kong: just give developers a financial incentive

The government can strike a deal with private developers to unlock land in the New Territories in an open and transparent manner that benefits Hongkongers.

10 May 2018 - 7:44PM
How to build more affordable housing in Hong Kong: just give developers a financial incentive

The government can strike a deal with private developers to unlock land in the New Territories in an open and transparent manner that benefits Hongkongers.

Voluntary salt and sugar labels on food products in Hong Kong are a good start on the path to healthy eating

Hong Kong’s new voluntary labelling scheme on the salt and sugar content of packaged food and drink is the first step towards the long-term goal of building a healthier society.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Voluntary salt and sugar labels on food products in Hong Kong are a good start on the path to healthy eating

Hong Kong’s new voluntary labelling scheme on the salt and sugar content of packaged food and drink is the first step towards the long-term goal of building a healthier society.

How to create more affordable housing in Hong Kong: appeal to New Territories landowners’ profit instincts

There is no quick fix for Hong Kong’s housing woes, but a win-win arrangement with landowners in the New Territories could free up sites for development.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
How to create more affordable housing in Hong Kong: appeal to New Territories landowners’ profit instincts

There is no quick fix for Hong Kong’s housing woes, but a win-win arrangement with landowners in the New Territories could free up sites for development.

Hong Kong’s latest top court appointments send a signal that the rule of law remains strong

The appointment of four respected judges to the Court of Final Appeal shows that judicial independence and the rule of law in Hong Kong are intact and that the city welcomes overseas legal talent.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Hong Kong’s latest top court appointments send a signal that the rule of law remains strong

The appointment of four respected judges to the Court of Final Appeal shows that judicial independence and the rule of law in Hong Kong are intact and that the city welcomes overseas legal talent.

Hong Kong’s restraint in budget handouts are a welcome shift

The significant increase in recurrent spending this year, in areas such as health care and education, was unnoticed by most, but it is a sign of fresh thinking on the government’s part.

15 Mar 2018 - 6:33PM
Hong Kong’s restraint in budget handouts are a welcome shift

The significant increase in recurrent spending this year, in areas such as health care and education, was unnoticed by most, but it is a sign of fresh thinking on the government’s part.

Hong Kong’s housing crisis should turn city towards co-living spaces as family sizes shrink

Hong Kong must plan for the housing needs of single young people and the elderly in addition to families.

1 Mar 2018 - 7:07PM
Hong Kong’s housing crisis should turn city towards co-living spaces as family sizes shrink

Hong Kong must plan for the housing needs of single young people and the elderly in addition to families.

Hong Kong is not alone in the trend of intolerant youth

In the US, too, university campuses have become more intolerant of different views. Students’ changing expectations also mean some see their university as a service provider that should give them – the consumers – exactly what they want.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Hong Kong is not alone in the trend of intolerant youth

In the US, too, university campuses have become more intolerant of different views. Students’ changing expectations also mean some see their university as a service provider that should give them – the consumers – exactly what they want.

From Uber to e-payments and drones, can Hong Kong laws keep up with changing technology?

Hong Kong’s legal framework must keep up with its smart city aspirations. The challenge will be crafting laws that protect the public while encouraging innovation.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
From Uber to e-payments and drones, can Hong Kong laws keep up with changing technology?

Hong Kong’s legal framework must keep up with its smart city aspirations. The challenge will be crafting laws that protect the public while encouraging innovation.

Beijing has ultimate control of Hong Kong – that’s the reality of ‘one country, two systems’

Hongkongers who are worried about an erosion of their freedoms should also understand that the post-1997 arrangement does not and cannot freeze Hong Kong-mainland relations in time.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Beijing has ultimate control of Hong Kong – that’s the reality of ‘one country, two systems’

Hongkongers who are worried about an erosion of their freedoms should also understand that the post-1997 arrangement does not and cannot freeze Hong Kong-mainland relations in time.

Education innovation gets a Nobel of its own in the Yidan Prize

The winners of the Yidan Prize – yet another generous initiative by mainland business leaders – have ideas that can change education for the better in the world, including Hong Kong

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Education innovation gets a Nobel of its own in the Yidan Prize

The winners of the Yidan Prize – yet another generous initiative by mainland business leaders – have ideas that can change education for the better in the world, including Hong Kong

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