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Opponents of extradition bill are misleading and scaring the Hong Kong public
Letters | How Hong Kong can lead the warming world on smart air con use

The advice is there, Hong Kong just needs to act on it. Circulation fans can spread the cool air from air conditioners and reduce their use, while smart thermostats can efficiently tweak temperature settings.

24 May 2019 - 8:30AM

The advice is there, Hong Kong just needs to act on it. Circulation fans can spread the cool air from air conditioners and reduce their use, while smart thermostats can efficiently tweak temperature settings.

How Hong Kong can lead the warming world on smart air con use
Letters | Hong Kong government must fully address doubts about fair trials for extradited fugitives

Dismissing concerns by praising Hong Kong’s legal system is not helpful when it’s not our legal system that detractors of the amended extradition law are worried about.

24 May 2019 - 7:30AM

Dismissing concerns by praising Hong Kong’s legal system is not helpful when it’s not our legal system that detractors of the amended extradition law are worried about.

Hong Kong government must fully address doubts about fair trials for extradited fugitives
Letters | Hong Kong has a lot to learn from Shanghai on hotel amenities

Shanghai hotels face hefty fines if they stock disposable amenities in guest rooms, amid a citywide drive to reduce plastic waste.

23 May 2019 - 11:00AM

Shanghai hotels face hefty fines if they stock disposable amenities in guest rooms, amid a citywide drive to reduce plastic waste.

Hong Kong has a lot to learn from Shanghai on hotel amenities
High time Hong Kong tourism officials saw what the tourists see
Letters | Why Hong Kong needs high-speed overnight trains to Beijing

With two flights to Beijing cancelled in a single evening, an overnight train ride seems a win-win for both passengers and the railway.

23 May 2019 - 7:30AM

With two flights to Beijing cancelled in a single evening, an overnight train ride seems a win-win for both passengers and the railway.

Why Hong Kong needs high-speed overnight trains to Beijing
Letters | From Trump to Putin and Orban: how fear is used to turn democracy on its head

There has been a global wave of leaders who behave like autocrats and skilfully exploit the people’s fears to gather power under a democratic facade,

23 May 2019 - 2:00AM

There has been a global wave of leaders who behave like autocrats and skilfully exploit the people’s fears to gather power under a democratic facade,

From Trump to Putin and Orban: how fear is used to turn democracy on its head
Letters | Why Europe is right to regulate tech: Jack Ma got it wrong

What Europe understands, and the US and China do not appear to, is that there’s more to life than money, power and technological innovation

22 May 2019 - 5:00PM

What Europe understands, and the US and China do not appear to, is that there’s more to life than money, power and technological innovation

Why Europe is right to regulate tech: Jack Ma got it wrong
Letters | Smart city Hong Kong on the right track with privacy

It is heartening that Hong Kong is taking steps to use CCTV technology in transport planning without compromising people’s privacy.

22 May 2019 - 1:00PM

It is heartening that Hong Kong is taking steps to use CCTV technology in transport planning without compromising people’s privacy.

Smart city Hong Kong on the right track with privacy
Letters | Stand on Hong Kong fugitive law has lost Carrie Lam the trust of the people

The chief executive jeopardises her own political future by refusing to heed the people’s outrage over the plan to amend the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance.

22 May 2019 - 8:30AM

The chief executive jeopardises her own political future by refusing to heed the people’s outrage over the plan to amend the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance.

Stand on Hong Kong fugitive law has lost Carrie Lam the trust of the people
Shame on Hong Kong’s opposition lawmakers for ugly row over fugitives bill
Letters | Taiwan has said yes, it’s now Hong Kong’s turn to make same-sex marriage legal

Hong Kong students say growing public support in the city for same-sex marriage shows the momentum for change in Asia should not stop with Taiwan.

21 May 2019 - 1:00PM

Hong Kong students say growing public support in the city for same-sex marriage shows the momentum for change in Asia should not stop with Taiwan.

Taiwan has said yes, it’s now Hong Kong’s turn to make same-sex marriage legal
Letters | Think like a child: how preschools in Hong Kong and China can lead on education reform

Early childhood education should build on and reinforce children’s sense of wonder, with higher officials in school prepared to show bold leadership in curriculum development.

21 May 2019 - 8:00AM

Early childhood education should build on and reinforce children’s sense of wonder, with higher officials in school prepared to show bold leadership in curriculum development.

Think like a child: how preschools in Hong Kong and China can lead on education reform
Letters | Give Hong Kong people more say in preserving post-war built heritage

The antiquities board’s call for a citywide assessment of Hong Kong’s modern buildings is welcome. The government should also consider involving more relevant experts, and members of the public, in the exercise.

21 May 2019 - 7:30AM

The antiquities board’s call for a citywide assessment of Hong Kong’s modern buildings is welcome. The government should also consider involving more relevant experts, and members of the public, in the exercise.

Give Hong Kong people more say in preserving post-war built heritage
Letters | On China policy, Australia needs to listen to local Chinese

Whatever our stance on China, Chinese-Australians risk inflaming communal anger driven by suspicions of disloyalty to the countries we call home.

21 May 2019 - 4:30AM

Whatever our stance on China, Chinese-Australians risk inflaming communal anger driven by suspicions of disloyalty to the countries we call home.

On China policy, Australia needs to listen to local Chinese
Letters | Asia has the tools to end illegal wildlife trade, but must show greater will

Numerous national regulations and global treaties exist that target the traffic in ivory, rhino horn and other endangered wildlife, but lax enforcement makes them paper tigers.

20 May 2019 - 5:00PM

Numerous national regulations and global treaties exist that target the traffic in ivory, rhino horn and other endangered wildlife, but lax enforcement makes them paper tigers.

Asia has the tools to end illegal wildlife trade, but must show greater will
Don’t make China’s rich, patriotic tourists join the US trade war
Letters | China has a history of putting politics above the law: that’s the worry with Hong Kong’s extradition bill

A look at the conviction rate of the mainland criminal justice system would enforce the trepidation. Low trust in the government also means no Hongkonger really expects officials to refuse an extradition request from Beijing.

20 May 2019 - 8:30AM

A look at the conviction rate of the mainland criminal justice system would enforce the trepidation. Low trust in the government also means no Hongkonger really expects officials to refuse an extradition request from Beijing.

China has a history of putting politics above the law: that’s the worry with Hong Kong’s extradition bill
Letters | Why international schools may not be the best choice for Hong Kong’s marginalised ethnic minority students

Even if scholarships allow more students from marginalised minority communities to join international schools, this will not help their integration into the wider Hong Kong society.

20 May 2019 - 7:30AM

Even if scholarships allow more students from marginalised minority communities to join international schools, this will not help their integration into the wider Hong Kong society.

Why international schools may not be the best choice for Hong Kong’s marginalised ethnic minority students
Letters | Are Chinese schools failing girls with a head for science?

Educators should beware of unhelpful class divisions based on outdated ideas of boys being better at subjects like science, technology, engineering and mathematics

19 May 2019 - 6:00PM

Educators should beware of unhelpful class divisions based on outdated ideas of boys being better at subjects like science, technology, engineering and mathematics

Are Chinese schools failing girls with a head for science?
Letters | Hong Kong’s identity crisis: could Chinese socialism in local colours be the solution?

Hongkongers accustomed to laissez-faire libertarianism have reason to fear Chinese authoritarianism. They should seek inspiration in socialist experiments elsewhere.

20 May 2019 - 9:18PM

Hongkongers accustomed to laissez-faire libertarianism have reason to fear Chinese authoritarianism. They should seek inspiration in socialist experiments elsewhere.

Hong Kong’s identity crisis: could Chinese socialism in local colours be the solution?
Why Chinese preference for baby boys is so hard to change: deep-rooted traditions are not easy to shake off
Letters | I missed my flight because it left early: but airline says I’m to blame

This failure to depart at the scheduled time caused me to miss an important meeting in Bangkok, as well as a student examination the following day.

19 May 2019 - 8:30AM

This failure to depart at the scheduled time caused me to miss an important meeting in Bangkok, as well as a student examination the following day.

I missed my flight because it left early: but airline says I’m to blame
Letters | Watch out for prices in Hong Kong if you need to have a luxury timepiece serviced

The original brand’s after-sales service centre would be a good place to start. Failing that, always get a second opinion on costs.

18 May 2019 - 2:00PM

The original brand’s after-sales service centre would be a good place to start. Failing that, always get a second opinion on costs.

Watch out for prices in Hong Kong if you need to have a luxury timepiece serviced
Letters | US trade war with China at boiling point, but there’s room for hope

Beneath the heated rhetoric lies the positive, balanced language of the negotiators – a signal for cautious optimism

19 May 2019 - 11:52AM

Beneath the heated rhetoric lies the positive, balanced language of the negotiators – a signal for cautious optimism

US trade war with China at  boiling point, but there’s room for hope
Letters | Hong Kong’s brawling lawmakers shamed city and must apologise

Whatever the merit of their positions and claims, as representatives of the Hong Kong people, legislators should not have resorted to violent disorder.

18 May 2019 - 8:00AM

Whatever the merit of their positions and claims, as representatives of the Hong Kong people, legislators should not have resorted to violent disorder.

Hong Kong’s brawling lawmakers shamed city and must apologise
Letters | Hong Kong on the right track with trust fund for special needs children, but plan needs fine-tuning

Lower the initial deposit payment so more can join, and let parents specify who should receive any leftover funds.

17 May 2019 - 6:30PM

Lower the initial deposit payment so more can join, and let parents specify who should receive any leftover funds.

Hong Kong on the right track with trust fund for special needs children, but plan needs fine-tuning
Letters | Time for Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to follow the way of the Tao

The Taoist principle of wu wei should help the beleaguered chief executive sort out her priorities

17 May 2019 - 1:00PM

The Taoist principle of wu wei should help the beleaguered chief executive sort out her priorities

Time for Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to follow the way of the Tao
Letters | Hong Kong versus Shenzhen is a false comparison: for starters, forget Twitter

Comparing housing policies in the neighbouring cities involves ignoring issues peculiar to Hong Kong. Plus, there’s the matter of the Great Firewall of China

17 May 2019 - 11:17AM

Comparing housing policies in the neighbouring cities involves ignoring issues peculiar to Hong Kong. Plus, there’s the matter of the Great Firewall of China

Hong Kong versus Shenzhen is a false comparison: for starters, forget Twitter
Why taking Uber drivers to court is the wrong route for Hong Kong to follow