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Letters | Why Mao Zedong was right not to send the PLA into Hong Kong before 1997

Unlike Indian prime minister Nehru who sent the army into Hyderabad after the British left India, Chairman Mao refrained from using military force to take back Hong Kong. The decision is still paying off for China decades later.

16 Sep 2019 - 6:50AM

Unlike Indian prime minister Nehru who sent the army into Hyderabad after the British left India, Chairman Mao refrained from using military force to take back Hong Kong. The decision is still paying off for China decades later.

Why Mao Zedong was right not to send the PLA into Hong Kong before 1997
Letters | Hong Kong-Singapore currency union is a flight of fancy

Singapore cannot participate in “one country, two systems”. It is up to Hong Kong and Beijing to chart their own course.

16 Sep 2019 - 6:40AM

Singapore cannot participate in “one country, two systems”. It is up to Hong Kong and Beijing to chart their own course.

Hong Kong-Singapore currency union is a flight of fancy
Letters | Amazon fires should inspire fast-food chains to reflect on the impact of their products and choice of suppliers

Despite their promises, fast-food giants are still purchasing meat linked to the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. Hong Kong plays an outsize role in deforestation as one of the world’s biggest importers of Brazilian meat

15 Sep 2019 - 7:45AM

Despite their promises, fast-food giants are still purchasing meat linked to the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. Hong Kong plays an outsize role in deforestation as one of the world’s biggest importers of Brazilian meat

Amazon fires should inspire fast-food chains to reflect on the impact of their products and choice of suppliers
Hong Kong protesters are clearly not ready for the freedoms they demand
Letters | Saying Hong Kong’s youth are protesting because they are ‘spoilt’ is elitist

Attacks on young people for wanting what’s rightfully theirs have no place in modern society.

15 Sep 2019 - 6:35AM

Attacks on young people for wanting what’s rightfully theirs have no place in modern society.

Saying Hong Kong’s youth are protesting because they are ‘spoilt’ is elitist
The UK should support Hong Kong protesters’ demand for an independent inquiry
Letters | Hong Kong’s trump card with Beijing and its ticket to greater freedom is the city’s economic power

The Occupy movement in 2014 produced no tangible results. Why would things be different this time? Hong Kong enjoys a greater degree of freedom because it has real power as a financial centre. It should build on this strength.

14 Sep 2019 - 7:30AM

The Occupy movement in 2014 produced no tangible results. Why would things be different this time? Hong Kong enjoys a greater degree of freedom because it has real power as a financial centre. It should build on this strength.

Hong Kong’s trump card with Beijing and its ticket to greater freedom is the city’s economic power
Letters | If Hong Kong protesters had not been violent, police would not have to reply in kind

Viral media reports and footage from the Hong Kong protests show the youngsters running riot in a favourable light. There is no justification for taking part in violent acts or glorifying them.

14 Sep 2019 - 6:25AM

Viral media reports and footage from the Hong Kong protests show the youngsters running riot in a favourable light. There is no justification for taking part in violent acts or glorifying them.

If Hong Kong protesters had not been violent, police would not have to reply in kind
Why Cathay Pacific’s firing of employees amid the Hong Kong protests should worry us all
Letters | Hong Kong protesters asking the US for help plays into Washington's strategy against China

Not only would the US be unwilling to take serious risks for Hong Kong’s sake, realist theory of international relations suggests America is likely to use Hong Kong as a bargaining chip in the US-China conflict

13 Sep 2019 - 6:54PM

Not only would the US be unwilling to take serious risks for Hong Kong’s sake, realist theory of international relations suggests America is likely to use Hong Kong as a bargaining chip in the US-China conflict

Hong Kong protesters asking the US for help plays into Washington's strategy against China
Letters | Liberate Hong Kong? First, let’s not be prisoners of our political views

People are not their thoughts. Those who identify too much with whatever their minds say are trapped by their thoughts. The rift in Hong Kong is a result of people from the yellow and blue camps clinging too firmly to their own ideas.

13 Sep 2019 - 6:40AM

People are not their thoughts. Those who identify too much with whatever their minds say are trapped by their thoughts. The rift in Hong Kong is a result of people from the yellow and blue camps clinging too firmly to their own ideas.

Liberate Hong Kong? First, let’s not be prisoners of our political views
Hong Kong protesters’ misguided tactics and demands for democracy may come back to haunt the city
Exchange Fund’s foreign currency assets and liquidity remain stable
Letters | Lessons Hong Kong police must learn as rumours of deaths at Prince Edward MTR station persist

Police should let reporters do their jobs if they want to nip wild rumours in the bud. To rebuild trust between the police and the public, several independent commissions of inquiry into police conduct could be appointed to deal with specific incidents.

12 Sep 2019 - 7:25AM

Police should let reporters do their jobs if they want to nip wild rumours in the bud. To rebuild trust between the police and the public, several independent commissions of inquiry into police conduct could be appointed to deal with specific incidents.

Lessons Hong Kong police must learn as rumours of deaths at Prince Edward MTR station persist
Letters | Gandhi paid the ultimate price for peace. Who in Hong Kong will step up and stop the violence?

Whatever the cause being championed, no individual or group should resort to violence. People with power and social influence in Hong Kong must come together to end the chaos.

12 Sep 2019 - 8:51AM

Whatever the cause being championed, no individual or group should resort to violence. People with power and social influence in Hong Kong must come together to end the chaos.

Gandhi paid the ultimate price for peace. Who in Hong Kong will step up and stop the violence?
As Hong Kong protesters move on to attacking MTR stations, their non-violent supporters must share the blame
Letters | Hong Kong’s youth and SMEs would both benefit from a government-sponsored internship programme

Our education system isn’t giving students the job experience they need while SMEs struggle to find the right staff, especially those with digital skills. A talent cultivation programme connecting students to positions and training SMEs to work with them could be the answer.

11 Sep 2019 - 7:15AM

Our education system isn’t giving students the job experience they need while SMEs struggle to find the right staff, especially those with digital skills. A talent cultivation programme connecting students to positions and training SMEs to work with them could be the answer.

Hong Kong’s youth and SMEs would both benefit from a government-sponsored internship programme
Letters | Six steps Hong Kong must take to end the protest crisis in the spirit of reconciliation

The prosecution of protesters will not only be expensive and time-consuming, but deepen resentment. Instead, the government should pursue amnesty for protesters and police, after which the chief executive must offer her resignation

11 Sep 2019 - 6:40AM

The prosecution of protesters will not only be expensive and time-consuming, but deepen resentment. Instead, the government should pursue amnesty for protesters and police, after which the chief executive must offer her resignation

Six steps Hong Kong must take to end the protest crisis in the spirit of reconciliation
Protesters, let Hong Kong enjoy the Mid-Autumn Festival in peace without hijacking it for politics
I took part in the Hong Kong protests, but no longer believe protesters’ tactics will work
Letters | Hong Kong, divided by protests, needs a platform for open dialogue. Here’s how to design one

Hong Kong should put its expertise in large-scale surveys to work, and launch a two-phase process to collect public opinion, assess ideas and facilitate consensus. Participants must be drawn from across Hong Kong society and have their identity authenticated.

10 Sep 2019 - 7:25AM

Hong Kong should put its expertise in large-scale surveys to work, and launch a two-phase process to collect public opinion, assess ideas and facilitate consensus. Participants must be drawn from across Hong Kong society and have their identity authenticated.

Hong Kong, divided by protests, needs a platform for open dialogue. Here’s how to design one
Letters | Hong Kong’s ‘acid’ generation is eating away at the foundations of the city built over decades

The perspective of the youth, many of whom were born in Hong Kong, differs from that of the generation of immigrants from the mainland who put the city on the international map.

10 Sep 2019 - 6:45AM

The perspective of the youth, many of whom were born in Hong Kong, differs from that of the generation of immigrants from the mainland who put the city on the international map.

Hong Kong’s ‘acid’ generation is eating away at the foundations of the city built over decades
Most Hong Kong police officers have nothing to fear from an independent probe. What’s the government afraid of?
Hong Kong’s Anglican church could be more proactive as protests rock the city
Letters | How ‘Beijing interference’, detested by Hong Kong’s young protesters, can truly help the city

Hong Kong’s laissez-faire governance has exacerbated income inequality and robbed the young of opportunities. The central government can step in to help level the playing field and lift diversify economy.

9 Sep 2019 - 7:15AM

Hong Kong’s laissez-faire governance has exacerbated income inequality and robbed the young of opportunities. The central government can step in to help level the playing field and lift diversify economy.

How ‘Beijing interference’, detested by Hong Kong’s young protesters, can truly help the city
Letters | Camaraderie inspired by Hong Kong protests should extend to all and continue even after the movement dies down

Hong Kong protesters’ sense of solidarity, while admirable, is built on the existence of a ‘common enemy’. Can love and care be extended to those we disagree with?

9 Sep 2019 - 6:45AM

Hong Kong protesters’ sense of solidarity, while admirable, is built on the existence of a ‘common enemy’. Can love and care be extended to those we disagree with?

Camaraderie inspired by Hong Kong protests should  extend to all and continue even after the movement dies down
How Singapore could help Hong Kong take ‘one country, two systems’ forward
Letters | Hong Kong youth should see the Greater Bay Area as an opportunity for, not an alternative to, their city

Both Hong Kong’s economy and its people are an important component of China’s ambitious plan for the Pearl River Delta region. Hong Kong still offers plenty of opportunities for its residents and continues to draw international talent.

8 Sep 2019 - 7:40AM

Both Hong Kong’s economy and its people are an important component of China’s ambitious plan for the Pearl River Delta region. Hong Kong still offers plenty of opportunities for its residents and continues to draw international talent.

Hong Kong youth should see the Greater Bay Area as an opportunity for, not an alternative to, their city
Letters | Hong Kong protesters want democracy but are shaking the very foundations it is built on

The example of the Philippines suggests universal suffrage alone does not guarantee good governance. Hong Kong needs reconciliation and the end of violence before it can restart the movement towards democracy.

8 Sep 2019 - 6:50AM

The example of the Philippines suggests universal suffrage alone does not guarantee good governance. Hong Kong needs reconciliation and the end of violence before it can restart the movement towards democracy.

Hong Kong protesters want democracy but are shaking the very foundations it is built on
India’s stingy budget for its navy is not consistent with the country’s security or economic objectives