Michael Chugani

Michael Chugani

Michael Chugani is a Hong Kong journalist and TV show host

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Opinion | US-China relations: new cold war a struggle over information, not democracy

This new economic and technological cold war’s most potent weapon is not ideology but information, which gives China an advantage and the US-led West a handicap.

18 Feb 2021 - 8:43AM

This new economic and technological cold war’s most potent weapon is not ideology but information, which gives China an advantage and the US-led West a handicap.

US-China relations: new cold war a struggle over information, not democracy
Opinion | Has the definition of ‘patriots ruling Hong Kong’ narrowed under the national security law?

To qualify as a patriot, is criticism of Carrie Lam and her policies, and the Communist Party or the motherland, allowed? Who knows in today’s surreal Hong Kong? Certainly, things seem to have changed from Deng Xiaoping’s time.

4 Feb 2021 - 10:47AM

To qualify as a patriot, is criticism of Carrie Lam and her policies, and the Communist Party or the motherland, allowed? Who knows in today’s surreal Hong Kong? Certainly, things seem to have changed from Deng Xiaoping’s time.

Has the definition of ‘patriots ruling Hong Kong’ narrowed under the national security law?
Opinion | US democracy is alive and well: Trump was duly elected, then ejected

The storming of Congress was an aberration and doesn’t define US democracy. Every time America’s global image is tarnished, it picks itself up. This time will be no different with Biden as president after four turbulent years of Trump.

21 Jan 2021 - 6:52AM

The storming of Congress was an aberration and doesn’t define US democracy. Every time America’s global image is tarnished, it picks itself up. This time will be no different with Biden as president after four turbulent years of Trump.

US democracy is alive and well: Trump was duly elected, then ejected
Opinion | Mass arrests and intimidation of the judiciary signal a gloomy 2021 for Hong Kong’s freedoms

Free speech and media freedom now involve second-guessing to avoid the security law’s red lines while Carrie Lam has defended state media’s attacks on our judiciary and blamed Hongkongers for disrupting social harmony by exercising their rights.

7 Jan 2021 - 6:47AM

Free speech and media freedom now involve second-guessing to avoid the security law’s red lines while Carrie Lam has defended state media’s attacks on our judiciary and blamed Hongkongers for disrupting social harmony by exercising their rights.

Mass arrests and intimidation of the judiciary signal a gloomy 2021 for Hong Kong’s freedoms
Opinion | A mysterious revolt against Carrie Lam is brewing in Hong Kong’s establishment camp

Staunch loyalists have been attacking the chief executive’s coronavirus response and leadership. Could it be Beijing’s way of hinting that she won’t get a second term?

24 Dec 2020 - 10:00AM

Staunch loyalists have been attacking the chief executive’s coronavirus response and leadership. Could it be Beijing’s way of hinting that she won’t get a second term?

A mysterious revolt against Carrie Lam is brewing in Hong Kong’s establishment camp
Opinion | Why Carrie Lam has no hope of restoring trust or Hong Kong’s international image

The world now sees Hong Kong as a city that limits free speech, restricts protests, reins in the media, crushes the opposition with waves of arrests, and freezes bank accounts, all in the name of national security.

10 Dec 2020 - 7:00AM

The world now sees Hong Kong as a city that limits free speech, restricts protests, reins in the media, crushes the opposition with waves of arrests, and freezes bank accounts, all in the name of national security.

Why Carrie Lam has no hope of restoring trust or Hong Kong’s international image
Opinion | With pro-Beijing media setting Hong Kong’s red lines, Carrie Lam’s policy address offers little hope

The chief executive has said the blue cover of her policy address represents hope and that the national security law will not curb freedoms in Hong Kong. However, a manufacturer’s decision to suspend its business after pro-Beijing media accused it of violating the new law indicates it is having a chilling effect.

26 Nov 2020 - 8:38AM

The chief executive has said the blue cover of her policy address represents hope and that the national security law will not curb freedoms in Hong Kong. However, a manufacturer’s decision to suspend its business after pro-Beijing media accused it of violating the new law indicates it is having a chilling effect.

With pro-Beijing media setting Hong Kong’s red lines, Carrie Lam’s policy address offers little hope
Opinion | Messy aftermath of Trump’s election defeat shows US democracy is working, not failing

The doomsayers fail to grasp that American democracy cannot be broken by one president’s behaviour. What Trump is doing is messy but also democracy in its purest form, and denying him the right to challenge the result would erode democracy.

12 Nov 2020 - 5:00AM

The doomsayers fail to grasp that American democracy cannot be broken by one president’s behaviour. What Trump is doing is messy but also democracy in its purest form, and denying him the right to challenge the result would erode democracy.

Messy aftermath of Trump’s election defeat shows US democracy is working, not failing
Opinion | Beijing should ask itself why BN(O) passport holders want to leave Hong Kong, rather than issuing threats

Why does Beijing want to stop BN(O) passport holders from leaving? They are likely to oppose the security law, and to have backed last year’s mass protests. So why not let these so-called unpatriotic troublemakers go – or would that be too embarrassing?

2 Feb 2021 - 12:39PM

Why does Beijing want to stop BN(O) passport holders from leaving? They are likely to oppose the security law, and to have backed last year’s mass protests. So why not let these so-called unpatriotic troublemakers go – or would that be too embarrassing?

Beijing should ask itself why BN(O) passport holders want to leave Hong Kong, rather than issuing threats
Opinion | With Hong Kong changing before our eyes, Beijing just can’t make Hongkongers love China

The central government’s liaison office recently reminded Hongkongers that patriotism was a duty, not a choice. It is wishful thinking that national education, censoring textbooks, or deregistering a teacher will make young people patriots.

15 Oct 2020 - 8:38AM

The central government’s liaison office recently reminded Hongkongers that patriotism was a duty, not a choice. It is wishful thinking that national education, censoring textbooks, or deregistering a teacher will make young people patriots.

With Hong Kong changing before our eyes, Beijing just can’t make Hongkongers love China
Opinion | With the police’s redefinition of media, I am no longer a journalist

But it’s not just the media being redefined, it is also the Basic Law, liberal studies, and separation of powers as we know it. Hong Kong’s very character is being changed.

1 Oct 2020 - 8:59AM

But it’s not just the media being redefined, it is also the Basic Law, liberal studies, and separation of powers as we know it. Hong Kong’s very character is being changed.

With the police’s redefinition of media, I am no longer a journalist
Opinion | Detained Hongkongers: Beijing must show its legal system can be trusted

Beijing’s handling of the 12 detainees so far is exactly why there was such fierce opposition to Hong Kong’s now-dead extradition bill. Giving those held a fair, transparent trial would help restore Hong Kong’s battered reputation and build trust in the mainland’s legal system.

17 Sep 2020 - 4:45AM

Beijing’s handling of the 12 detainees so far is exactly why there was such fierce opposition to Hong Kong’s now-dead extradition bill. Giving those held a fair, transparent trial would help restore Hong Kong’s battered reputation and build trust in the mainland’s legal system.

Detained Hongkongers: Beijing must show its legal system can be trusted
Opinion | The national security law hasn’t brought back the old Hong Kong. Rather, it has created a new, unfamiliar place

Peace has been restored, but at what cost when people cannot even place floral tributes outside an MTR station? The new law has only instilled fear and Hong Kong can never be at peace with itself until the underlying causes of last summer’s uprising are properly addressed.

3 Sep 2020 - 9:16AM

Peace has been restored, but at what cost when people cannot even place floral tributes outside an MTR station? The new law has only instilled fear and Hong Kong can never be at peace with itself until the underlying causes of last summer’s uprising are properly addressed.

The national security law hasn’t brought back the old Hong Kong. Rather, it has created a new, unfamiliar place
Opinion | Asia’s world city: the old Hong Kong brand is no more. Perhaps we should try Asia’s Greater Bay Area city?

The national security law, which the government used to raid a media outlet and arrest its owner, has left the Hong Kong brand in tatters. The now-dead extradition bill was a precursor to events that changed how the world sees the city.

20 Aug 2020 - 7:45AM

The national security law, which the government used to raid a media outlet and arrest its owner, has left the Hong Kong brand in tatters. The now-dead extradition bill was a precursor to events that changed how the world sees the city.

Asia’s world city: the old Hong Kong brand is no more. Perhaps we should try Asia’s Greater Bay Area city?
Opinion | Beijing’s defence of national security in Hong Kong should be open and above board

Arrest of four students said to be linked to an overseas-based pro-independence group underlines how far-reaching the national security law can be, and how unclear the red lines are. Questions are raised, too, over the postponement of Legco elections and Beijing’s response to UK’s offer of citizenship path to Hongkongers.

6 Aug 2020 - 6:15AM

Arrest of four students said to be linked to an overseas-based pro-independence group underlines how far-reaching the national security law can be, and how unclear the red lines are. Questions are raised, too, over the postponement of Legco elections and Beijing’s response to UK’s offer of citizenship path to Hongkongers.

Beijing’s defence of national security in Hong Kong should be open and above board
Opinion | Carrie Lam’s policy pivot is too little, too late to heal Hong Kong

The chief executive’s acknowledgement that political impasse lies at the root of Hong Kong’s many problems is startling for stating the obvious. While some may welcome her U-turn, it’s hard to see how she can make peace with the opposition in the wake of the national security law.

23 Jul 2020 - 6:50AM

The chief executive’s acknowledgement that political impasse lies at the root of Hong Kong’s many problems is startling for stating the obvious. While some may welcome her U-turn, it’s hard to see how she can make peace with the opposition in the wake of the national security law.

Carrie Lam’s policy pivot is too little, too late to heal Hong Kong
Opinion | Uncertainty and division over national security law cloud Hong Kong’s future

The threat to national security from Hong Kong is overblown, which makes the new law a sledgehammer that hurts the city’s international reputation. How can there be hope in a ruptured society?

9 Jul 2020 - 6:34AM

The threat to national security from Hong Kong is overblown, which makes the new law a sledgehammer that hurts the city’s international reputation. How can there be hope in a ruptured society?

Uncertainty and division over national security law cloud Hong Kong’s future
Opinion | George Floyd protests are a chance for the US to confront its racist history, not try to erase it

The Black Lives Matter movement is an awakening for the US. Facing up to institutionalised racism is long overdue. Slavery is a stain on America’s history, and the task is to rectify this stain without erasing history.

25 Jun 2020 - 1:19AM

The Black Lives Matter movement is an awakening for the US. Facing up to institutionalised racism is long overdue. Slavery is a stain on America’s history, and the task is to rectify this stain without erasing history.

George Floyd protests are a chance for the US to confront its racist history, not try to erase it
Opinion | Is Beijing’s national security law the right way to go about defusing the political anger in Hong Kong?

Since April, Hongkongers have faced bombshell announcements from the central and local government that raise questions about the ‘one country, two systems’ framework. These developments will not quell Hong Kong’s civil unrest.

11 Jun 2020 - 6:38AM

Since April, Hongkongers have faced bombshell announcements from the central and local government that raise questions about the ‘one country, two systems’ framework. These developments will not quell Hong Kong’s civil unrest.

Is Beijing’s national security law the right way to go about defusing the political anger in Hong Kong?
Opinion | Why Beijing’s national security law for Hong Kong leaves too many unanswered questions to feel safe

The wording of the proposed national security legislation leaves it unclear if people beyond protesters in the street could find themselves accused of subversion, secession or terrorism.

28 May 2020 - 6:33AM

The wording of the proposed national security legislation leaves it unclear if people beyond protesters in the street could find themselves accused of subversion, secession or terrorism.

Why Beijing’s national security law for Hong Kong leaves too many unanswered questions to feel safe
Opinion | Carrie Lam’s talk of ‘infiltration’ in Hong Kong education raises more questions about the city’s future

The chief executive’s call for safeguards to protect impressionable young minds comes on the heels of the government’s flip-flopping about the role of Beijing’s liaison office in the city. Have the government and Beijing written off a whole generation of youth?

14 May 2020 - 6:54AM

The chief executive’s call for safeguards to protect impressionable young minds comes on the heels of the government’s flip-flopping about the role of Beijing’s liaison office in the city. Have the government and Beijing written off a whole generation of youth?

Carrie Lam’s talk of ‘infiltration’ in Hong Kong education raises more questions about the city’s future
Opinion | If Carrie Lam is governing Hong Kong and Luo Huining is supervising, who’s really in charge?

Beijing played a wild card when its agencies asserted that they were exempt from Article 22 of the Basic Law. They have created so much ambiguity about their roles that it can’t possibly bode well for Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy.

30 Apr 2020 - 5:00AM

Beijing played a wild card when its agencies asserted that they were exempt from Article 22 of the Basic Law. They have created so much ambiguity about their roles that it can’t possibly bode well for Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy.

If Carrie Lam is governing Hong Kong and Luo Huining is supervising, who’s really in charge?
Opinion | Despite criticism of his coronavirus response, Donald Trump is a better bet for the US than Joe Biden

His early missteps notwithstanding, Trump must be given credit for banning travellers from China and rallying states and private companies to deal with the crisis. Moreover, the US president’s ‘America first’ policy is in the country’s best interests.

17 Oct 2020 - 7:13AM

His early missteps notwithstanding, Trump must be given credit for banning travellers from China and rallying states and private companies to deal with the crisis. Moreover, the US president’s ‘America first’ policy is in the country’s best interests.

Despite criticism of his coronavirus response, Donald Trump is a better bet for the US than Joe Biden
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