Michael Chugani

Michael Chugani is a Hong Kong journalist and TV show host
Michael Chugani
Michael Chugani is a Hong Kong journalist and TV show host

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Opinion | Distrust of Beijing is at the heart of Hongkongers’ opposition to extraditing fugitives to the mainland

Resistance in Hong Kong to the idea of transferring fugitives to the mainland stands in stark contrast to the openness to an extradition arrangement with Taiwan.

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Distrust of Beijing is at the heart of Hongkongers’ opposition to extraditing fugitives to the mainland

Resistance in Hong Kong to the idea of transferring fugitives to the mainland stands in stark contrast to the openness to an extradition arrangement with Taiwan.

Opinion | Face it, Hong Kong: with our worsening quality of life and declining freedoms, Singapore is Asia’s world city

Two decades after Tung Chee-hwa promised to maintain Hong Kong’s liberties and enhance quality of life, the city is clearly going backwards in both categories.

7 Feb 2019 - 9:22AM
Face it, Hong Kong: with our worsening quality of life and declining freedoms, Singapore is Asia’s world city

Two decades after Tung Chee-hwa promised to maintain Hong Kong’s liberties and enhance quality of life, the city is clearly going backwards in both categories.

Opinion | Hong Kong lawmakers stood up for what’s right on elderly welfare. Shame it didn’t last

The rare sight of a legislature united in opposing an unpopular government plan is to be welcomed. Unfortunately, with the pro-Beijing loyalists caving in within a day, their defiance did not last long enough to make a difference.

24 Jan 2019 - 9:17AM
Hong Kong lawmakers stood up for what’s right on elderly welfare. Shame it didn’t last

The rare sight of a legislature united in opposing an unpopular government plan is to be welcomed. Unfortunately, with the pro-Beijing loyalists caving in within a day, their defiance did not last long enough to make a difference.

Opinion | From Lil Pump to Dolce & Gabbana: China’s thin-skinned netizens need to lighten up and stop taking themselves so seriously

Huffing and puffing at every perceived slight only exposes Chinese netizens’ lack of self-confidence. Given that Chinese people themselves have been unapologetically peddling racist tropes, the double standard is grating.

10 Jan 2019 - 7:15AM
From Lil Pump to Dolce & Gabbana: China’s thin-skinned netizens need to lighten up and stop taking themselves so seriously

Huffing and puffing at every perceived slight only exposes Chinese netizens’ lack of self-confidence. Given that Chinese people themselves have been unapologetically peddling racist tropes, the double standard is grating.

Opinion | Xi and Trump are remaking the world, and we should all be afraid

China and the US have changed drastically under Xi and Trump’s leadership, for the worse in many ways, destabilising global relations.

26 Dec 2018 - 6:23PM
Xi and Trump are remaking the world, and we should all be afraid

China and the US have changed drastically under Xi and Trump’s leadership, for the worse in many ways, destabilising global relations.

Opinion | If Huawei CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou isn’t safe from the US-China rivalry, then neither is Hong Kong’s trade status

The arrest of Huawei’s Sabrina Meng Wanzhou means Hong Kong officials need to think twice before further eroding political freedoms and drawing Washington’s attention.

13 Dec 2018 - 7:02AM
If Huawei CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou isn’t safe from the US-China rivalry, then neither is Hong Kong’s trade status

The arrest of Huawei’s Sabrina Meng Wanzhou means Hong Kong officials need to think twice before further eroding political freedoms and drawing Washington’s attention.

Opinion | Trump won’t spare Hong Kong in his anti-China agenda so Carrie Lam had better start working on a Plan B

Chief executive Carrie Lam does not seem to grasp the seriousness of the situation in her reaction to a critical US congressional report. If the US chooses to use Hong Kong as a chess piece in its trade war against China, and removes its special trading status, the city will be severely hit.

29 Nov 2018 - 7:40AM
Trump won’t spare Hong Kong in his anti-China agenda so Carrie Lam had better start working on a Plan B

Chief executive Carrie Lam does not seem to grasp the seriousness of the situation in her reaction to a critical US congressional report. If the US chooses to use Hong Kong as a chess piece in its trade war against China, and removes its special trading status, the city will be severely hit.

Opinion | Freedoms are being compromised in Hong Kong, why can’t Carrie Lam just own up to that?

The Carrie Lam administration should stop pretending that things are the same in Hong Kong. Hong Kong has become a city where a journalist is blacklisted as a tourist, and an arts venue needs to second-guess Beijing.

17 Nov 2018 - 5:25AM
Freedoms are being compromised in Hong Kong, why can’t Carrie Lam just own up to that?

The Carrie Lam administration should stop pretending that things are the same in Hong Kong. Hong Kong has become a city where a journalist is blacklisted as a tourist, and an arts venue needs to second-guess Beijing.

Opinion | As China and the US embark on a cold war, Hong Kong must prepare to face a brave new world

Hong Kong doesn’t have a choice in which side it will take in the cold war between the US and China, but it must plan for a changed reality.

31 Oct 2018 - 9:26PM
As China and the US embark on a cold war, Hong Kong must prepare to face a brave new world

Hong Kong doesn’t have a choice in which side it will take in the cold war between the US and China, but it must plan for a changed reality.

Under autocratic Trump, US democracy is more alive than ever

The US president’s divisive politics has energised democracy, rather than eroded it. The fact critics are mobilised to oppose his extreme policies is a sign that democracy is thriving in America, which is more than we can say for Hong Kong.

17 Oct 2018 - 11:24PM
Under autocratic Trump, US democracy is more alive than ever

The US president’s divisive politics has energised democracy, rather than eroded it. The fact critics are mobilised to oppose his extreme policies is a sign that democracy is thriving in America, which is more than we can say for Hong Kong.

Opinion | After the National Party’s ban and new calls for Article 23 legislation, Demosisto should watch its back

New Article 23 legislation can be expected to target not only pro-independence groups, but also localists, and this would signal the end of the freedoms that make Hong Kong unique.

3 Oct 2018 - 8:07PM
After the National Party’s ban and new calls for Article 23 legislation, Demosisto should watch its back

New Article 23 legislation can be expected to target not only pro-independence groups, but also localists, and this would signal the end of the freedoms that make Hong Kong unique.

Is the Hong Kong judiciary being lenient with young activists?

Hong Kong’s top judges, in their recent rulings on protest cases, seem to sympathise with young activists. Are they sending Beijing a message, and what will happen if the inevitable ban on Andy Chan’s separatist party is challenged in court?

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Is the Hong Kong judiciary being lenient with young activists?

Hong Kong’s top judges, in their recent rulings on protest cases, seem to sympathise with young activists. Are they sending Beijing a message, and what will happen if the inevitable ban on Andy Chan’s separatist party is challenged in court?

Opinion | Why Donald Trump is the new Teflon president that America needs now

The US president’s steady approval ratings, despite the scandals surrounding him, show that he is not only telling people what they want to hear but that his policies have merit.

7 Sep 2018 - 2:36AM
Why Donald Trump is the new Teflon president that America needs now

The US president’s steady approval ratings, despite the scandals surrounding him, show that he is not only telling people what they want to hear but that his policies have merit.

Andy Chan’s Hong Kong independence hot air will blow over – if we stop fanning the flames

There is nothing to be gained from giving the Hong Kong National Party convenor undue attention or from clamouring for the Foreign Correspondents’ Club that hosted his talk to be evicted.

3 Oct 2018 - 1:28PM
Andy Chan’s Hong Kong independence hot air will blow over – if we stop fanning the flames

There is nothing to be gained from giving the Hong Kong National Party convenor undue attention or from clamouring for the Foreign Correspondents’ Club that hosted his talk to be evicted.

Opinion | Why Hong Kong independence activist talk at FCC must go on, even if the ideas don’t warrant a megaphone

Government officials’ overreaction to the planned talk by a Hong Kong National Party co-founder at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club displays a lack of understanding of local media freedom and has provoked attention to a lost cause.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Why Hong Kong independence activist talk at FCC must go on, even if the ideas don’t warrant a megaphone

Government officials’ overreaction to the planned talk by a Hong Kong National Party co-founder at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club displays a lack of understanding of local media freedom and has provoked attention to a lost cause.

Opinion | If the Hong Kong National Party is banned, could any two people who mock mainlanders be next?

The government’s move to ban a party that advocates for Hong Kong’s independence from China goes a step too far.

3 Oct 2018 - 1:23PM
If the Hong Kong National Party is banned, could any two people who mock mainlanders be next?

The government’s move to ban a party that advocates for Hong Kong’s independence from China goes a step too far.

US and Europe no longer have a moral duty towards illegal immigrants

The influx of mostly economic migrants is straining social fabric and fanning hardline populism in the once-welcoming liberal West. Donald Trump has got it right with his zero-tolerance approach.

12 Jul 2018 - 2:01AM
US and Europe no longer have a moral duty towards illegal immigrants

The influx of mostly economic migrants is straining social fabric and fanning hardline populism in the once-welcoming liberal West. Donald Trump has got it right with his zero-tolerance approach.

Opinion | From China trade to North Korea and immigration, Trump’s poker player diplomacy leaves the US with many aces up its sleeve

The US president’s erratic negotiating style has come in for criticism but has proved to be one of his strengths.

27 Jun 2018 - 8:52PM
From China trade to North Korea and immigration, Trump’s poker player diplomacy leaves the US with many aces up its sleeve

The US president’s erratic negotiating style has come in for criticism but has proved to be one of his strengths.

Opinion | How Hong Kong’s housing crisis can be solved by thinking like Donald Trump

Michael Chugani says Carrie Lam should be inspired by the US president and adopt a ‘Hong Kong first’ policy, banning the sale of new flats to non-Hongkongers.

13 Jun 2018 - 6:34PM
How Hong Kong’s housing crisis can be solved by thinking like Donald Trump

Michael Chugani says Carrie Lam should be inspired by the US president and adopt a ‘Hong Kong first’ policy, banning the sale of new flats to non-Hongkongers.

Shenzhen, Singapore … Guiyang? Who else can Hong Kong fall behind?

The financial secretary invoking the little-known Guizhou province capital as an example to follow was the final insult to Hong Kong’s prowess as an innovator, as well as a wake-up call.

30 May 2018 - 7:12PM
Shenzhen, Singapore … Guiyang? Who else can Hong Kong fall behind?

The financial secretary invoking the little-known Guizhou province capital as an example to follow was the final insult to Hong Kong’s prowess as an innovator, as well as a wake-up call.

Royal wedding frenzy around the world is rooted in legacy of the British empire

The interest in the wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle defies logic, unless one remembers the legacy of Britain’s colonial rule

16 May 2018 - 8:31PM
Royal wedding frenzy around the world is rooted in legacy of the British empire

The interest in the wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle defies logic, unless one remembers the legacy of Britain’s colonial rule

Opinion | A Nobel Peace Prize for Trump? He deserves it more than many of the recipients

‘Trumplomacy’ – the US president’s unique style of diplomacy – has achieved results in a shorter time than his predecessors.

2 May 2018 - 8:16PM
A Nobel Peace Prize for Trump? He deserves it more than many of the recipients

‘Trumplomacy’ – the US president’s unique style of diplomacy – has achieved results in a shorter time than his predecessors.

In China’s embrace, Hong Kong people face a stark choice: money or freedoms

With the mainland drawing Hong Kong closer every day, Hongkongers who seize the array of economic opportunities on offer must understand they are risking their personal freedoms.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
In China’s embrace, Hong Kong people face a stark choice: money or freedoms

With the mainland drawing Hong Kong closer every day, Hongkongers who seize the array of economic opportunities on offer must understand they are risking their personal freedoms.

Trump is no dangerous idiot, as his nifty diplomacy on North Korea and China trade shows

Despite heavy criticism, the US president’s gunslinging diplomacy has got the US where it wants to be – around the negotiating table with nuclear-armed North Korea, and outplaying China on trade

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Trump is no dangerous idiot, as his nifty diplomacy on North Korea and China trade shows

Despite heavy criticism, the US president’s gunslinging diplomacy has got the US where it wants to be – around the negotiating table with nuclear-armed North Korea, and outplaying China on trade

National anthem law will create dilemmas and awkward situations in Hong Kong, rather than love of country

Implementing the anthem law will stretch Hong Kong’s resources and generate greater antipathy towards the nation among young people.

21 Mar 2018 - 6:59PM
National anthem law will create dilemmas and awkward situations in Hong Kong, rather than love of country

Implementing the anthem law will stretch Hong Kong’s resources and generate greater antipathy towards the nation among young people.

Xi’s world or Trump’s? The choice is between prosperous authoritarianism or chaotic freedom in the new cold war

The choice in the new cold war is between stable and prosperous authoritarianism and chaotic democracy that offers greater personal and internet freedom.

7 Mar 2018 - 9:05PM
Xi’s world or Trump’s? The choice is between prosperous authoritarianism or chaotic freedom in the new cold war

The choice in the new cold war is between stable and prosperous authoritarianism and chaotic democracy that offers greater personal and internet freedom.

CCTV should apologise for its blackface skit so China can show the world that it, too, knows how to say sorry

China demands apologies from others yet never apologises. It should start, as there’s no better way to showcase its rising power than to show that it knows it is not always right.

21 Feb 2018 - 7:12PM
CCTV should apologise for its blackface skit so China can show the world that it, too, knows how to say sorry

China demands apologies from others yet never apologises. It should start, as there’s no better way to showcase its rising power than to show that it knows it is not always right.

Hong Kong’s silent majority must make their voices heard, and their by-election votes count

The upcoming by-elections are a contest over who lays claim to the voice of Hong Kong, and the ‘silent majority’ must make itself heard through its votes

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Hong Kong’s silent majority must make their voices heard, and their by-election votes count

The upcoming by-elections are a contest over who lays claim to the voice of Hong Kong, and the ‘silent majority’ must make itself heard through its votes

Why do Hong Kong tycoons hold on to their wealth while Westerners give back so much?

The Teresa Cheng scandal has also rekindled anger about Hong Kong’s rich. Why do our tycoons prefer to keep their wealth, unlike their counterparts in the West?

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Why do Hong Kong tycoons hold on to their wealth while Westerners give back so much?

The Teresa Cheng scandal has also rekindled anger about Hong Kong’s rich. Why do our tycoons prefer to keep their wealth, unlike their counterparts in the West?

Row over Hong Kong justice chief’s illegal structures at her home shows city’s knack for self-destruction

The calls for Teresa Cheng to step down are typical of the attitude of those Hongkongers determined to oppose the Hong Kong government and Beijing in all matters.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Row over Hong Kong justice chief’s illegal structures at her home shows city’s knack for self-destruction

The calls for Teresa Cheng to step down are typical of the attitude of those Hongkongers determined to oppose the Hong Kong government and Beijing in all matters.

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