Michael Chugani

Michael Chugani

Michael Chugani is a Hong Kong journalist and TV show host

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Opinion | If Hong Kong loses its freedoms, it will lose its trade status too. This may be Carrie Lam’s lesson to learn

The arrest of a district councillor under colonial-era sedition law and Beijing’s order stopping a dozen foreign journalists from working in Hong Kong are a blow to Hong Kong’s freedoms.

2 Apr 2020 - 4:32AM

The arrest of a district councillor under colonial-era sedition law and Beijing’s order stopping a dozen foreign journalists from working in Hong Kong are a blow to Hong Kong’s freedoms.

If Hong Kong loses its freedoms, it will lose its trade status too. This may be Carrie Lam’s lesson to learn
Opinion | Coronavirus: in the absence of Singapore-style leadership, Hongkongers are rediscovering their can-do spirit

Not only does Hong Kong’s leader lack the credibility to begin a television address with ‘my fellow Hongkongers’, the government’s inadequate handling of the crisis has pushed the city’s residents to draw on their own resources.

19 Mar 2020 - 4:17AM

Not only does Hong Kong’s leader lack the credibility to begin a television address with ‘my fellow Hongkongers’, the government’s inadequate handling of the crisis has pushed the city’s residents to draw on their own resources.

Coronavirus: in the absence of Singapore-style leadership, Hongkongers are rediscovering their can-do spirit
Opinion | Chinese who cry racial abuse amid the coronavirus epidemic forget they are as bad as the rest of us

We’re all racists, it’s just a matter of degree. If The Wall Street Journal’s ‘Sick Man of Asia’ headline was racist, was it more offensive than the CCTV variety show featuring blackface? Unlike China, at least the US admits it has a problem.

5 Mar 2020 - 7:03AM

We’re all racists, it’s just a matter of degree. If The Wall Street Journal’s ‘Sick Man of Asia’ headline was racist, was it more offensive than the CCTV variety show featuring blackface? Unlike China, at least the US admits it has a problem.

Chinese who cry racial abuse amid the coronavirus epidemic forget they are as bad as the rest of us
Opinion | As Hong Kong sinks to new lows with toilet roll heist, will hardman Xia Baolong tighten Beijing’s grip on the city?

Hong Kong’s leaderless drift continues even as the city battles to contain the spread of the coronavirus and Beijing’s new appointments do not bode well.

20 Feb 2020 - 6:20AM

Hong Kong’s leaderless drift continues even as the city battles to contain the spread of the coronavirus and Beijing’s new appointments do not bode well.

As Hong Kong sinks to new lows with toilet roll heist, will hardman Xia Baolong tighten Beijing’s grip on the city?
Opinion | Carrie Lam can turn the coronavirus crisis into an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and remake Hong Kong

The chief executive can win hearts and minds by completely closing the border with the mainland and announcing an independent inquiry into the protests. She must also persuade Beijing to change its approach to Hong Kong.

14 Feb 2020 - 6:01PM

The chief executive can win hearts and minds by completely closing the border with the mainland and announcing an independent inquiry into the protests. She must also persuade Beijing to change its approach to Hong Kong.

Carrie Lam can turn the coronavirus crisis into an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and remake Hong Kong
Opinion | How has Hong Kong lost its freedoms? Let me count the ways

The oft-repeated claim by Beijing loyalists that the city’s freedoms are intact does not stand up to scrutiny. Beijing’s attack on Hong Kong’s core values, to make it more aligned with mainland China, is insidious and very real.

23 Jan 2020 - 6:39AM

The oft-repeated claim by Beijing loyalists that the city’s freedoms are intact does not stand up to scrutiny. Beijing’s attack on Hong Kong’s core values, to make it more aligned with mainland China, is insidious and very real.

How has Hong Kong lost its freedoms? Let me count the ways
Opinion | Carrie Lam is no longer Hong Kong’s real boss, but that’s less worrying than the man who now is

By bringing in a strongman with no Hong Kong experience to lead the liaison office, the central government shows that it has learned little from the mistakes that landed the city in this crisis in the first place.

9 Jan 2020 - 9:26AM

By bringing in a strongman with no Hong Kong experience to lead the liaison office, the central government shows that it has learned little from the mistakes that landed the city in this crisis in the first place.

Carrie Lam is no longer Hong Kong’s real boss, but that’s less worrying than the man who now is
Opinion | What can Carrie Lam and Beijing look forward to in 2020? (Hint: the Christmas protests are a preview)

This was Hong Kong 2019: children are charged for burning a flag or spraying protest graffiti, while grown men go unarrested for assault. Carrie Lam condemns doxxing, except when Ta Kung Pao is doing it. Who’s in the mood to celebrate a new year?

28 Dec 2019 - 7:54AM

This was Hong Kong 2019: children are charged for burning a flag or spraying protest graffiti, while grown men go unarrested for assault. Carrie Lam condemns doxxing, except when Ta Kung Pao is doing it. Who’s in the mood to celebrate a new year?

What can Carrie Lam and Beijing look forward to in 2020? (Hint: the Christmas protests are a preview)
Opinion | Patriotic education will never work on free-thinking Hong Kong youth, no matter what Carrie Lam and Annie Wu think

Using education to enforce patriotism may work on the mainland, where outside information is already tightly controlled. But Hongkongers such as Wu and Lam should know that in an open society, it is just another infringement.

12 Dec 2019 - 9:00AM

Using education to enforce patriotism may work on the mainland, where outside information is already tightly controlled. But Hongkongers such as Wu and Lam should know that in an open society, it is just another infringement.

Patriotic education will never work on free-thinking Hong Kong youth, no matter what Carrie Lam and Annie Wu think
Opinion | Election landslide a protest vote against Beijing. But the violence will return if leaders don’t understand that

By kicking out the loyalists and voting for the resistance, Hongkongers have shown they are unafraid to stand up to Beijing’s heavy hand. But the central government still claims foreign forces are somehow responsible for the election humiliation.

28 Nov 2019 - 6:40AM

By kicking out the loyalists and voting for the resistance, Hongkongers have shown they are unafraid to stand up to Beijing’s heavy hand. But the central government still claims foreign forces are somehow responsible for the election humiliation.

Election landslide a protest vote against Beijing. But the violence will return if leaders don’t understand that
Opinion | A Hong Kong that writes off young protesters is writing off its future. Not that Carrie Lam will understand

The chief executive ignored peacefully protesting masses months ago. Following a student’s death, she says the violence she forced some protesters into won’t get them anywhere. She and others like her just don’t get what students are fighting for.

14 Nov 2019 - 9:42AM

The chief executive ignored peacefully protesting masses months ago. Following a student’s death, she says the violence she forced some protesters into won’t get them anywhere. She and others like her just don’t get what students are fighting for.

A Hong Kong that writes off young protesters is writing off its future. Not that Carrie Lam will understand
Opinion | Replacing Carrie Lam with another puppet would be pointless. Instead, Beijing needs to loosen the strings

The Hong Kong crisis is likely to end in tragedy unless Carrie Lam can muster the courage to tell her bosses in Beijing to stop eroding the city’s autonomy, allow genuine democratic elections, and end the insidious mainlandisation.

31 Oct 2019 - 9:19AM

The Hong Kong crisis is likely to end in tragedy unless Carrie Lam can muster the courage to tell her bosses in Beijing to stop eroding the city’s autonomy, allow genuine democratic elections, and end the insidious mainlandisation.

Replacing Carrie Lam with another puppet would be pointless. Instead, Beijing needs to loosen the strings
Opinion | Carrie Lam could have addressed the five demands in a speech for the ages. Instead, she gave us a damp squib

No one needs to hear Carrie Lam boast of her successes when the violence on the streets shows her agenda hasn’t worked. That violence finally pushed her to tackle livelihood issues, but silence on the five demands won’t calm Hong Kong.

17 Oct 2019 - 9:00AM

No one needs to hear Carrie Lam boast of her successes when the violence on the streets shows her agenda hasn’t worked. That violence finally pushed her to tackle livelihood issues, but silence on the five demands won’t calm Hong Kong.

Carrie Lam could have addressed the five demands in a speech for the ages. Instead, she gave us a damp squib
Opinion | Give Hong Kong democracy: do you hear the angry people sing?

Protest anthem ‘Glory to Hong Kong’ captures perfectly the spirit of a movement that does not seek independence but, rather, freedom from Beijing’s ever-tightening leash. With long-cherished rights under threat and the civil unrest touching its bloodiest point yet, the anger is boiling over.

3 Oct 2019 - 9:05AM

Protest anthem ‘Glory to Hong Kong’ captures perfectly the spirit of a movement that does not seek independence but, rather, freedom from Beijing’s ever-tightening leash. With long-cherished rights under threat and the civil unrest touching its bloodiest point yet, the anger is boiling over.

Give Hong Kong democracy: do you hear the angry people sing?
Opinion | Violence blew the lid off Hong Kong’s simmering discontent. It’s about time

While peaceful mass protests went nowhere, violent unrest got Beijing to acknowledge the problem of unaffordable housing in the city, forced some concessions from Carrie Lam, and spurred overdue soul-searching. But, when the protests ebb, will Beijing further tighten its grip on the city?

19 Sep 2019 - 9:39AM

While peaceful mass protests went nowhere, violent unrest got Beijing to acknowledge the problem of unaffordable housing in the city, forced some concessions from Carrie Lam, and spurred overdue soul-searching. But, when the protests ebb, will Beijing further tighten its grip on the city?

Violence blew the lid off Hong Kong’s simmering discontent. It’s about time
Opinion | The unrest will ebb, but Hong Kong’s slide into authoritarianism is just beginning

The chilling events of the past week – including the multiple arrests of activists and lawmakers, and the brutal police beating of train passengers – underline the erosion of Hong Kong’s freedoms, and of ‘one country, two systems’.

5 Sep 2019 - 2:35PM

The chilling events of the past week – including the multiple arrests of activists and lawmakers, and the brutal police beating of train passengers – underline the erosion of Hong Kong’s freedoms, and of ‘one country, two systems’.

The unrest will ebb, but Hong Kong’s slide into authoritarianism is just beginning
Opinion | Scare tactics from Beijing will only strengthen the resolve of Hong Kong protesters

Beijing is mistaken if it thinks Hong Kong can be ruled with a communist mindset. Going after core Hong Kong values can only backfire.

22 Aug 2019 - 6:33AM

Beijing is mistaken if it thinks Hong Kong can be ruled with a communist mindset. Going after core Hong Kong values can only backfire.

Scare tactics from Beijing will only strengthen the resolve of Hong Kong protesters
Opinion | Can Carrie Lam, or anyone, defuse the Hong Kong rebellion before the National Day fireworks on October 1?

Beijing is seething after Hong Kong protesters defaced national emblems. It would be even more embarrassed if the 70th national anniversary was marred by scenes of unrest. The authorities need to work out how to meet protesters’ demands.

8 Aug 2019 - 9:17AM

Beijing is seething after Hong Kong protesters defaced national emblems. It would be even more embarrassed if the 70th national anniversary was marred by scenes of unrest. The authorities need to work out how to meet protesters’ demands.

Can Carrie Lam, or anyone, defuse the Hong Kong rebellion before the National Day fireworks on October 1?
Opinion | Hong Kong’s protest stalemate can only be broken by giving the city the democracy it deserves

By condemning the defacing of the national emblem before the attacks on commuters in Yuen Long, Carrie Lam and Beijing displayed a lack of understanding of what Hongkongers value. Having missed the window of opportunity for reconciliation, only political reform will suffice.

25 Jul 2019 - 9:07AM

By condemning the defacing of the national emblem before the attacks on commuters in Yuen Long, Carrie Lam and Beijing displayed a lack of understanding of what Hongkongers value. Having missed the window of opportunity for reconciliation, only political reform will suffice.

Hong Kong’s protest stalemate can only be broken by giving the city the democracy it deserves
Opinion | Hong Kong people deserve the Nobel Peace Prize for their dignified protests against China’s iron grip

The mass movement – distinct from the small group of violent protesters – should be honoured for its peaceful call for freedom and democracy. It’s time for Beijing to listen, and give Hongkongers a chance to prove how sensible they can be.

11 Jul 2019 - 9:12AM

The mass movement – distinct from the small group of violent protesters – should be honoured for its peaceful call for freedom and democracy. It’s time for Beijing to listen, and give Hongkongers a chance to prove how sensible they can be.

Hong Kong people deserve the Nobel Peace Prize for their dignified protests against China’s iron grip
Opinion | Beijing’s tightening grip is suffocating freedom-loving Hongkongers. It’s no wonder they keep rising up in protest

Beijing needs to understand that the extradition bill is just the latest in a string of proposed policy actions, including national security legislation and restrictive universal suffrage, that threaten Hong Kong’s basic character.

27 Jun 2019 - 7:31AM

Beijing needs to understand that the extradition bill is just the latest in a string of proposed policy actions, including national security legislation and restrictive universal suffrage, that threaten Hong Kong’s basic character.

Beijing’s tightening grip is suffocating freedom-loving Hongkongers. It’s no wonder they keep rising up in protest
Opinion | Why Hong Kong’s extradition bill is not just another law to Beijing and Carrie Lam

Both the Chinese and Hong Kong governments seem to be taking the view that the unrest over the extradition bill has been stirred up by external forces. Backtracking on the bill would now be seen as capitulation to the West, not just Hong Kong youth.

13 Jun 2019 - 12:22PM

Both the Chinese and Hong Kong governments seem to be taking the view that the unrest over the extradition bill has been stirred up by external forces. Backtracking on the bill would now be seen as capitulation to the West, not just Hong Kong youth.

Why Hong Kong’s extradition bill is not just another law to Beijing and Carrie Lam
Opinion | Why did Germany feel the need to grant asylum to Hong Kong riot fugitives? Ask Carrie Lam

Hong Kong has an extradition treaty with Germany, so why didn’t the government seek to have the Mong Kok pair returned? Probably because it didn’t want the city’s dirty linen washed in public, amid perceptions that our freedoms are being eroded.

30 May 2019 - 5:23PM

Hong Kong has an extradition treaty with Germany, so why didn’t the government seek to have the Mong Kok pair returned? Probably because it didn’t want the city’s dirty linen washed in public, amid perceptions that our freedoms are being eroded.

Why did Germany feel the need to grant asylum to Hong Kong riot fugitives? Ask Carrie Lam
Opinion | How Dongguan’s sex trade plays into Hongkongers’ fears about an extradition deal with mainland China

Hongkongers fear that there are many pretexts on which they could be extradited to the mainland – having patronised Dongguan’s sex trade is just one of them. The government created the crisis by introducing the ill-advised bill, now it must solve it.

16 May 2019 - 11:37AM

Hongkongers fear that there are many pretexts on which they could be extradited to the mainland – having patronised Dongguan’s sex trade is just one of them. The government created the crisis by introducing the ill-advised bill, now it must solve it.

How Dongguan’s sex trade plays into Hongkongers’ fears about an extradition deal with mainland China
Opinion | Hong Kong’s democracy movement is roaring back, thanks to Carrie Lam’s inexplicable extradition bill

Five years after the failure of the Occupy movement, protesters are out in force again. The latest protest against the government’s proposed extradition arrangement with the mainland is the biggest since Lam became chief executive.

2 May 2019 - 7:00AM

Five years after the failure of the Occupy movement, protesters are out in force again. The latest protest against the government’s proposed extradition arrangement with the mainland is the biggest since Lam became chief executive.

Hong Kong’s democracy movement is roaring back, thanks to Carrie Lam’s inexplicable extradition bill
Opinion | Singapore trades freedoms for a liveable city. Hong Kong is trading its freedoms for nothing

Singapore is clean, convenient and meets its citizens’ housing needs, although political free speech is limited. Hong Kong has none of the benefits, and its edge in personal liberties is rapidly eroding.

18 Apr 2019 - 9:03AM

Singapore is clean, convenient and meets its citizens’ housing needs, although political free speech is limited. Hong Kong has none of the benefits, and its edge in personal liberties is rapidly eroding.

Singapore trades freedoms for a liveable city. Hong Kong is trading its freedoms for nothing
Opinion | China wants unification. What will Taiwan have to give up to keep its freedoms?

Unification by force would be devastating for the region, including Hong Kong, and must be avoided, while the option of a Hong Kong-style ‘one country, two systems’ is dead on arrival. Perhaps there is a third way.

5 Apr 2019 - 4:25AM

Unification by force would be devastating for the region, including Hong Kong, and must be avoided, while the option of a Hong Kong-style ‘one country, two systems’ is dead on arrival. Perhaps there is a third way.

China wants unification. What will Taiwan have to give up to keep its freedoms?
Opinion | Rich, autocratic China is too powerful an adversary for any democracy

In this new cold war, the US and other democracies that abide by fair and open rules of engagement cannot stop China claiming its place as the world’s No 1 superpower. Where will that leave the rest of us?

21 Mar 2019 - 7:07AM

In this new cold war, the US and other democracies that abide by fair and open rules of engagement cannot stop China claiming its place as the world’s No 1 superpower. Where will that leave the rest of us?

Rich, autocratic China is too powerful an adversary for any democracy
Opinion | If Hong Kong doesn’t like US ‘interference’, maybe it should give up its status as a separate customs area

Beijing and Hong Kong have accused a US diplomat of interfering in the city’s affairs. But the State Department has a duty under US law to monitor whether Hong Kong retains a high degree of autonomy and thus remains eligible for special status.

6 Mar 2019 - 8:06PM

Beijing and Hong Kong have accused a US diplomat of interfering in the city’s affairs. But the State Department has a duty under US law to monitor whether Hong Kong retains a high degree of autonomy and thus remains eligible for special status.

If Hong Kong doesn’t like US ‘interference’, maybe it should give up its status as a separate customs area
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.

21 Feb 2019 - 8:01AM

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.

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