Michael Chugani

Michael Chugani

Michael Chugani is a Hong Kong journalist and TV show host

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Opinion | Get vaccinated to bring Hong Kong back to a healthy normal, never mind the politics

It is unfortunate the choice of whether to get vaccinated has become politicised as science should guide our choices. Being vaccinated against a killer disease is better than not being vaccinated as long as the vaccine’s efficacy meets WHO standards.

It is unfortunate the choice of whether to get vaccinated has become politicised as science should guide our choices. Being vaccinated against a killer disease is better than not being vaccinated as long as the vaccine’s efficacy meets WHO standards.

15 Apr 2021 - 8:30AM
Opinion | Xinjiang cotton row puts Burberry, Nike and other Western brands in a quandary – and pushes Hong Kong’s patriots to walk the talk

With Chinese media and netizens attacking Western brands that have shunned Xinjiang cotton on human rights grounds, Hong Kong’s Beijing loyalists are under pressure to purge their closets. Western companies wanting a slice of China’s market, meanwhile, face a tough choice between money and morals.

With Chinese media and netizens attacking Western brands that have shunned Xinjiang cotton on human rights grounds, Hong Kong’s Beijing loyalists are under pressure to purge their closets. Western companies wanting a slice of China’s market, meanwhile, face a tough choice between money and morals.

1 Apr 2021 - 2:59PM
Opinion | Hong Kong patriots: vague definition will leave door open to Cultural-Revolution-style attacks

The requirement of patriotism set to feature in an expected overhaul of Hong Kong’s electoral structure can easily be used by Beijing loyalists as a pretext to target opponents, as illustrated by the recent attack on a Hong Kong official.

The requirement of patriotism set to feature in an expected overhaul of Hong Kong’s electoral structure can easily be used by Beijing loyalists as a pretext to target opponents, as illustrated by the recent attack on a Hong Kong official.

4 Mar 2021 - 6:45AM
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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?

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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?

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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?

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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?

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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