Christine Loh

Christine Loh is chief development strategist and adjunct professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’s Institute of the Environment and Division of Environment and Sustainability. She was the former undersecretary for the environment (2012-17), and a former lawmaker. She is also the former CEO of Civic Exchange, a non-profit public policy think tank. She is a lawyer by training, a commodities trader by profession, and an author of many publications.
Christine Loh
Christine Loh is chief development strategist and adjunct professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’s Institute of the Environment and Division of Environment and Sustainability. She was the former undersecretary for the environment (2012-17), and a former lawmaker. She is also the former CEO of Civic Exchange, a non-profit public policy think tank. She is a lawyer by training, a commodities trader by profession, and an author of many publications.

Latest from Christine Loh

The View | China is waging war on waste and Hong Kong needs to think bigger about how to manage its rubbish

China is waging war on waste by banning imports of trash and starting a zero-waste programme for cities. In Hong Kong, the authorities should consider passing a waste separation law if an economic deterrent is not enough to increase recycling rates.

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China is waging war on waste by banning imports of trash and starting a zero-waste programme for cities. In Hong Kong, the authorities should consider passing a waste separation law if an economic deterrent is not enough to increase recycling rates.

China is waging war on waste and Hong Kong needs to think bigger about how to manage its rubbish
Opinion | As the world wakes up to the climate change emergency, Hong Kong turns towards green finance

Financial Secretary Paul Chan will soon launch a roadshow for green bonds while the Monetary Authority has promised to prioritise green investments in the latest moves of a financial sector going green.

15 May 2019 - 10:23PM

Financial Secretary Paul Chan will soon launch a roadshow for green bonds while the Monetary Authority has promised to prioritise green investments in the latest moves of a financial sector going green.

As the world wakes up to the climate change emergency, Hong Kong turns towards green finance
Opinion | As environmental standards for shipping evolve, the Hong Kong government’s role should also

For Hong Kong’s shipping industry to keep pace with evolving international emissions standards will require more coordination, both among its bureaus and with the mainland.

21 Apr 2019 - 10:00AM

For Hong Kong’s shipping industry to keep pace with evolving international emissions standards will require more coordination, both among its bureaus and with the mainland.

As environmental standards for shipping evolve, the Hong Kong government’s role should also
Opinion | Greater Bay Area is more than a map – it’s a vision for Hong Kong and Macau to lead China’s modernisation

The Greater Bay Area is a push for Hong Kong and Macau to be more closely involved in the country’s overall development. They and Guangdong province are the front runners, which other parts of China must try to catch up with.

24 Mar 2019 - 9:58AM

The Greater Bay Area is a push for Hong Kong and Macau to be more closely involved in the country’s overall development. They and Guangdong province are the front runners, which other parts of China must try to catch up with.

Greater Bay Area is more than a map – it’s a vision for Hong Kong and Macau to lead China’s modernisation
The View | Greater Bay Area is a chance for Hong Kong to show it hasn’t lost its edge

If Hong Kong is to capitalise on China’s development plan for the Pearl River Delta, the government must engage with sectors in which the city excels, such as universities and the maritime industry, to boost areas of specialisation.

14 Feb 2019 - 10:22PM

If Hong Kong is to capitalise on China’s development plan for the Pearl River Delta, the government must engage with sectors in which the city excels, such as universities and the maritime industry, to boost areas of specialisation.

Greater Bay Area is a chance for Hong Kong to show it hasn’t lost its edge
The View | Trade war or not, China’s pivot to the private sector and return to infrastructure spending are worth watching

Having seen results from its crackdown on shadow banking, China is taking steps to address the private sector’s need for financing. Meanwhile, more funds are also expected to be allocated to infrastructure.

31 Jan 2019 - 10:24PM

Having seen results from its crackdown on shadow banking, China is taking steps to address the private sector’s need for financing. Meanwhile, more funds are also expected to be allocated to infrastructure.

Trade war or not, China’s pivot to the private sector and return to infrastructure spending are worth watching
Opinion | Let the US and China trade punches, then let the dust settle

The US is provoking China in several areas, from the trade war and the Huawei case to Taiwan and Tibet. And Beijing is fighting back, but it may well make a trade deal with Washington to stimulate the Chinese economy.

9 Jan 2019 - 3:24AM

The US is provoking China in several areas, from the trade war and the Huawei case to Taiwan and Tibet. And Beijing is fighting back, but it may well make a trade deal with Washington to stimulate the Chinese economy.

Let the US and China trade punches, then let the dust settle
Opinion | Hong Kong’s cutting-edge treatment plants aren’t enough: reduced waste should be on all of our Christmas lists

All Hongkongers must get behind the new waste charging bill and commit to reducing the amount of rubbish they produce if they want a cleaner future.

24 Dec 2018 - 10:20AM

All Hongkongers must get behind the new waste charging bill and commit to reducing the amount of rubbish they produce if they want a cleaner future.

Hong Kong’s cutting-edge treatment plants aren’t enough: reduced waste should be on all of our Christmas lists
Opinion | Hong Kong’s role in the trade war should be to explain to the world how far China has come

Hong Kong firms with mainland operations will be seriously hit by further US tariffs and the city has nothing to gain from demonising China. Instead, the city should use its unique position to explain the history of China’s development and the progress it has made in opening up to the world.

13 Nov 2018 - 9:54PM

Hong Kong firms with mainland operations will be seriously hit by further US tariffs and the city has nothing to gain from demonising China. Instead, the city should use its unique position to explain the history of China’s development and the progress it has made in opening up to the world.

Hong Kong’s role in the trade war should be to explain to the world how far China has come
Progress in Hong Kong has to be built on loyalty to China

Hong Kong people should acknowledge the considerable success of ‘one country, two systems’, and engage with Beijing on the basis of the shared goal of working towards the betterment of the nation.

1 Oct 2018 - 6:56AM

Hong Kong people should acknowledge the considerable success of ‘one country, two systems’, and engage with Beijing on the basis of the shared goal of working towards the betterment of the nation.

Progress in Hong Kong has to be built on loyalty to China
How the US’ rise as an energy exporter puts it on a dangerous path with China, and the environment

The US’ rise as an energy exporter is encouraging it to discard environmental regulations and become more confrontational on the global stage, particularly with Beijing.

7 Sep 2018 - 4:35AM

The US’ rise as an energy exporter is encouraging it to discard environmental regulations and become more confrontational on the global stage, particularly with Beijing.

How the US’ rise as an energy exporter puts it on a dangerous path with China, and the environment
Opinion | Beyond the trade war, Hong Kong should see a fortune waiting to be made in emerging markets

The trade war is taking attention away from the new opportunities opening up in the BRICS economies, and China’s own belt and road and Greater Bay Area plans. Hong Kong should not miss out.

31 Aug 2018 - 3:36PM

The trade war is taking attention away from the new opportunities opening up in the BRICS economies, and China’s own belt and road and Greater Bay Area plans. Hong Kong should not miss out.

Beyond the trade war, Hong Kong should see a fortune waiting to be made in emerging markets
US-China trade war is Hong Kong’s opportunity to prove its value to Beijing

The new trade war is just the opening salvo in a realignment of the US-led global order. As China eyes a larger role, Hong Kong – with its special privileges under the Basic Law – should use its freedom of travel and trade to open opportunities other Chinese cities cannot.

10 Jul 2018 - 4:01AM

The new trade war is just the opening salvo in a realignment of the US-led global order. As China eyes a larger role, Hong Kong – with its special privileges under the Basic Law – should use its freedom of travel and trade to open opportunities other Chinese cities cannot.

US-China trade war is Hong Kong’s opportunity to prove its value to Beijing
Does Marxism have a role to play in Hong Kong?

Hong Kong should not dismiss out of hand Marx’s observations about the failings of capitalism simply because of its own sensitivity to mainland influence, but see it as an opportunity to reflect on the role of government in poverty alleviation.

13 Jun 2018 - 6:34PM

Hong Kong should not dismiss out of hand Marx’s observations about the failings of capitalism simply because of its own sensitivity to mainland influence, but see it as an opportunity to reflect on the role of government in poverty alleviation.

Does Marxism have a role to play in Hong Kong?
How the Greater Bay Area plan can boost Hong Kong’s environmental collaboration

Once Beijing has unveiled its plans to link the Greater Bay Area, city officials should seek ways to coordinate environmental planning, something that has been lacking with previous administrations.

29 May 2018 - 7:32PM

Once Beijing has unveiled its plans to link the Greater Bay Area, city officials should seek ways to coordinate environmental planning, something that has been lacking with previous administrations.

How the Greater Bay Area plan can boost Hong Kong’s environmental collaboration
Hong Kong can best serve China through diplomacy – but first it must make its allegiances clear

Hong Kong is uniquely placed to play a diplomatic role as a mediator between China and the West.

2 May 2018 - 8:16PM

Hong Kong is uniquely placed to play a diplomatic role as a mediator between China and the West.

Hong Kong can best serve China through diplomacy – but first it must make its allegiances clear
Hong Kong has a role to play in creating the ‘Chinese dream’ – if it can tread the middle ground

As a part of China with a unique history, Hong Kong must now reflect on how its role as part of the nation can evolve.

8 Apr 2018 - 5:31PM

As a part of China with a unique history, Hong Kong must now reflect on how its role as part of the nation can evolve.

Hong Kong has a role to play in creating the ‘Chinese dream’ – if it can tread the middle ground
As China and the Vatican make peace, will a reconciliation between official and underground churches follow?

The agreement between China and the Vatican is a good first step, but unifying the official and underground church will be more challenging.

13 Mar 2018 - 7:02PM

The agreement between China and the Vatican is a good first step, but unifying the official and underground church will be more challenging.

As China and the Vatican make peace, will a reconciliation between official and underground churches follow?
How ‘dirty’ industries can attract young Hongkongers through the use of smart technology

Industries that struggle to attract fresh recruits must adopt smart technology rather than looking abroad to source manpower.

20 Feb 2018 - 7:32PM

Industries that struggle to attract fresh recruits must adopt smart technology rather than looking abroad to source manpower.

How ‘dirty’ industries can attract young Hongkongers through the use of smart technology
Why big data must be shared to realise Hong Kong’s smart city vision

Data transparency across government departments and access to information from private companies providing public services are needed to create a smart, sustainable city.

23 Jan 2018 - 6:40PM

Data transparency across government departments and access to information from private companies providing public services are needed to create a smart, sustainable city.

Why big data must be shared to realise Hong Kong’s smart city vision
When planning for Hong Kong’s future, prepare for change

All organisations, including the government, should expect the unexpected and frequently reassess their plans, keeping in mind how many events from the past century weren’t predictable

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

All organisations, including the government, should expect the unexpected and frequently reassess their plans, keeping in mind how many events from the past century weren’t predictable

When planning for Hong Kong’s future, prepare for change
As the US dithers, China cements its climate leadership role, opening up green opportunities for Hong Kong
Xi Jinping knows China can’t be great without taking care of its environment
Green policies in focus as China’s rise to an ecological civilisation continues apace
Why Britain must stand up for Hongkong in Beijing
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Defence of public service
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Retire once and for all
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