John Chan

John Chan is a founding member of the Democratic Party, and also of its predecessor, the United Democrats of Hong Kong. A keen observer of local politics, he has been a regular commentator in the local press since the late 1980s. He worked briefly as a civil servant in the colonial government before turning to law. As a solicitor, he worked extensively on the mainland during the early years of China’s economic reform, where he gained an in-depth understanding of China's political, economic and social development.
John Chan
John Chan is a founding member of the Democratic Party, and also of its predecessor, the United Democrats of Hong Kong. A keen observer of local politics, he has been a regular commentator in the local press since the late 1980s. He worked briefly as a civil servant in the colonial government before turning to law. As a solicitor, he worked extensively on the mainland during the early years of China’s economic reform, where he gained an in-depth understanding of China's political, economic and social development.

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Hong Kong’s pan-democrats might find their missing by-election voters among indifferent young people

The reason young people were indifferent to Sunday’s Legislative Council by-election is worth exploring.

15 Mar 2018 - 6:33PM

The reason young people were indifferent to Sunday’s Legislative Council by-election is worth exploring.

Hong Kong’s pan-democrats might find their missing by-election voters among indifferent young people
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