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 | 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
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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

14 Nov 2018 - 9:14PM

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Under autocratic Trump, US democracy is more alive than ever
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

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.

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

20 Sep 2018 - 8:05AM

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?

Is the Hong Kong judiciary being lenient with young activists?
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

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.

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

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.

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

8 Aug 2018 - 7:54PM

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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