Peter Kammerer

Australian-born Peter Kammerer has lived and worked in Hong Kong for more than 30 years, joining the Post in 1988. He is a long-time editorial writer and columnist, as well as a former foreign editor.
Peter Kammerer
Australian-born Peter Kammerer has lived and worked in Hong Kong for more than 30 years, joining the Post in 1988. He is a long-time editorial writer and columnist, as well as a former foreign editor.

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Shades Off | China’s soft power failures may cost Hong Kong its trade status

The reactions of Beijing and its supporters to Hong Kong’s protests have exacerbated its worsening image problem abroad. The US under Trump has played a role in this, but China can’t blame it all on the trade war.

10 Sep 2019 - 9:00AM

The reactions of Beijing and its supporters to Hong Kong’s protests have exacerbated its worsening image problem abroad. The US under Trump has played a role in this, but China can’t blame it all on the trade war.

China’s soft power failures may cost Hong Kong its trade status
Shades Off | In a Hong Kong full of hatred, fear and violence, can we trust anyone any more?

Weeks of suspicious activity around protest sites, threats and undercover police activity have scarred Hong Kong. What once might have been seen as simple interest in a fellow citizen’s well-being now generates mistrust.

27 Aug 2019 - 9:24AM

Weeks of suspicious activity around protest sites, threats and undercover police activity have scarred Hong Kong. What once might have been seen as simple interest in a fellow citizen’s well-being now generates mistrust.

In a Hong Kong full of hatred, fear and violence, can we trust anyone any more?
Shades Off | Hong Kong’s protesters have shown courage, creativity and thoughtfulness. Will the city still have a place for them when this is over?

It’s one thing to disagree with the protesters, but simply listening to them shows they are not mere thugs and rioters. Moreover, they may have done Hong Kong a service by exposing the ineptitude of our government and police.

13 Aug 2019 - 11:04AM

It’s one thing to disagree with the protesters, but simply listening to them shows they are not mere thugs and rioters. Moreover, they may have done Hong Kong a service by exposing the ineptitude of our government and police.

Hong Kong’s protesters have shown courage, creativity and thoughtfulness. Will the city still have a place for them when this is over?
Shades Off | Hong Kong protesters have decided enough is enough. Officials would be foolish to ignore their demands

Hong Kong protesters are battle-hardened from learning to survive in a city that is tough to live in. If the government thinks the people can be scared off by thugs, beaten down by force and willing to have their voices silenced, it is mistaken.

29 Jul 2019 - 8:28PM

Hong Kong protesters are battle-hardened from learning to survive in a city that is tough to live in. If the government thinks the people can be scared off by thugs, beaten down by force and willing to have their voices silenced, it is mistaken.

Hong Kong protesters have decided enough is enough. Officials would be foolish to ignore their demands
Shades Off | Protest violence should not be the focus. Young or old, Hongkongers just want a better government

The spotlight on youth discontent diverts attention from the fact that a wide cross-section of society are asking for a bigger say in Hong Kong.

16 Jul 2019 - 12:01PM

The spotlight on youth discontent diverts attention from the fact that a wide cross-section of society are asking for a bigger say in Hong Kong.

Protest violence should not be the focus. Young or old, Hongkongers just want a better government
Shades Off | Hong Kong’s fortune is slipping out of its hands – that’s the message of its historic protests

In a Year of the Pig where change has been foretold, the sight of hundreds of thousands on the streets brings home the message that mainland encroachment on Hong Kong’s way of life is real and unlikely to be reversed.

2 Jul 2019 - 6:30AM

In a Year of the Pig where change has been foretold, the sight of hundreds of thousands on the streets brings home the message that mainland encroachment on Hong Kong’s way of life is real and unlikely to be reversed.

Hong Kong’s fortune is slipping out of its hands – that’s the message of its historic protests
Opinion | Personal sacrifices? Understanding? Carrie Lam is hopelessly out of touch with Hongkongers

The mass protests were born out of frustration at not being heard. The chief executive needs to remember that Hong Kong is hard to read, a blend of Chinese culture and democratic ideals, and the people do not see officials as parents who need to be obeyed.

17 Jun 2019 - 8:23PM

The mass protests were born out of frustration at not being heard. The chief executive needs to remember that Hong Kong is hard to read, a blend of Chinese culture and democratic ideals, and the people do not see officials as parents who need to be obeyed.

Personal sacrifices? Understanding? Carrie Lam is hopelessly out of touch with Hongkongers
Shades Off | Is Hong Kong a great city? A visit to New York showed why it won’t be taking a bite out of the Big Apple any time soon

While Hong Kong, in aiming to be ‘Asia’s world city’, has tried to imitate New York, from its food carts to cultural centres, it lacks the quality and diversity of attractions of the Big Apple and remains a long way behind.

4 Jun 2019 - 5:54AM

While Hong Kong, in aiming to be ‘Asia’s world city’, has tried to imitate New York, from its food carts to cultural centres, it lacks the quality and diversity of attractions of the Big Apple and remains a long way behind.

Is Hong Kong a great city? A visit to New York showed why it won’t be taking a bite out of the Big Apple any time soon
Shades Off | No excuse for ancient Chinese treasures to be hoarded in Western museums any longer

China’s scientific advances mean the claim that ancient artefacts are best preserved in the West no longer holds water.

21 May 2019 - 9:37AM

China’s scientific advances mean the claim that ancient artefacts are best preserved in the West no longer holds water.

No excuse for ancient Chinese treasures to be hoarded in Western museums any longer
Shades Off | Donald Trump deserves a Chinese state honour – for failing spectacularly to make America great again

Despite Donald Trump’s tariff war, the US’ trade deficit with China rose to a record high last year, and the yuan has grown more popular as a reserve currency. Meanwhile, Americans are bearing the economic brunt of Trump’s policies.

7 May 2019 - 1:55AM

Despite Donald Trump’s tariff war, the US’ trade deficit with China rose to a record high last year, and the yuan has grown more popular as a reserve currency. Meanwhile, Americans are bearing the economic brunt of Trump’s policies.

Donald Trump deserves a Chinese state honour – for failing spectacularly to make America great again
Shades Off | Donald Trump, Brexit and slow growth in Europe only highlight the attractions of the China model

From the US to Europe and Australia, the challenges of democracy have become apparent. Meanwhile, China boasts of a fast-growing economy, impressive infrastructure and technological progress.

23 Apr 2019 - 6:00AM

From the US to Europe and Australia, the challenges of democracy have become apparent. Meanwhile, China boasts of a fast-growing economy, impressive infrastructure and technological progress.

Donald Trump, Brexit and slow growth in Europe only highlight the attractions of the China model
Shades Off | Apple’s latest roll-out only proves the US no longer leads in innovation – East Asia does

From Boeing to Waymo and Apple, when US companies make the news now, it’s not because their products are at the cutting edge of technology. Today, China and its neighbours are leading the way.

9 Apr 2019 - 9:17AM

From Boeing to Waymo and Apple, when US companies make the news now, it’s not because their products are at the cutting edge of technology. Today, China and its neighbours are leading the way.

Apple’s latest roll-out only proves the US no longer leads in innovation – East Asia does
Shades Off | There’s money in property, and that’s good enough for Hong Kong

Officials talk of diversifying the economy, but our tycoons, many of whom made their fortune in real estate, are admired for their success and indispensable to the government for their contribution to its coffers. Talk will remain just talk.

26 Mar 2019 - 7:00AM

Officials talk of diversifying the economy, but our tycoons, many of whom made their fortune in real estate, are admired for their success and indispensable to the government for their contribution to its coffers. Talk will remain just talk.

There’s money in property, and that’s good enough for Hong Kong
Opinion | If Taiwan is Hong Kong’s past, Guangzhou is our future

The mainland city impresses with its buzzing city centre, clean streetside air and a people full of optimism and drive. More than Taiwan, which in many ways has stood still in time, Guangzhou should be the growth model for Hong Kong.

12 Mar 2019 - 7:01AM

The mainland city impresses with its buzzing city centre, clean streetside air and a people full of optimism and drive. More than Taiwan, which in many ways has stood still in time, Guangzhou should be the growth model for Hong Kong.

If Taiwan is Hong Kong’s past, Guangzhou is our future
Opinion | Newsflash for Donald Trump: it isn’t China’s fault that the US is fat and falling behind

It is a fact that the Chinese are making great leaps forward in innovation and technology, and cannot be blamed for the US’ own slip in global innovation rankings. However, Trump and his team are not strong on facts.

26 Feb 2019 - 12:18PM

It is a fact that the Chinese are making great leaps forward in innovation and technology, and cannot be blamed for the US’ own slip in global innovation rankings. However, Trump and his team are not strong on facts.

Newsflash for Donald Trump: it isn’t China’s fault that the US is fat and falling behind
Opinion | Why pick on Huawei when all advanced technologies, including those from the US, carry security risks?

People who worry about being spied on should open their eyes to the many Western tech innovations now ubiquitous in their lives. By fuelling mistrust, Trump is impeding scientific cooperation critical to social progress.

12 Feb 2019 - 4:58AM

People who worry about being spied on should open their eyes to the many Western tech innovations now ubiquitous in their lives. By fuelling mistrust, Trump is impeding scientific cooperation critical to social progress.

Why pick on Huawei when all advanced technologies, including those from the US, carry security risks?
Opinion | Hong Kong’s 10-year challenge fail: better wages but smaller flats, more crowds and ever-present pollution

If the city were to take part in the viral social media trend and compare itself to its 2009 avatar, it would find that overall quality of life has declined and nascent problems have been exacerbated.

29 Jan 2019 - 10:04AM

If the city were to take part in the viral social media trend and compare itself to its 2009 avatar, it would find that overall quality of life has declined and nascent problems have been exacerbated.

Hong Kong’s 10-year challenge fail: better wages but smaller flats, more crowds and ever-present pollution
Opinion | America’s large family homes may be a waste of space, but Hong Kong’s 200 sq ft flats are inhumane

Americans have been found to gravitate to kitchens and TV areas, however big their homes are. But in Hong Kong, the lack of guidelines on the size of private residences has led to too-tight living spaces.

15 Jan 2019 - 4:54AM

Americans have been found to gravitate to kitchens and TV areas, however big their homes are. But in Hong Kong, the lack of guidelines on the size of private residences has led to too-tight living spaces.

America’s large family homes may be a waste of space, but Hong Kong’s 200 sq ft flats are inhumane
Opinion | Hongkongers should be given HK$10,000 each for enduring the tourist hordes, mostly mainland shoppers

While the government should try to reduce inconvenience to locals, the better approach to ease anger would be to ensure residents benefit directly from the rising number of visitors, most of whom are mainland shoppers.

31 Dec 2018 - 5:57PM

While the government should try to reduce inconvenience to locals, the better approach to ease anger would be to ensure residents benefit directly from the rising number of visitors, most of whom are mainland shoppers.

Hongkongers should be given HK$10,000 each for enduring the tourist hordes, mostly mainland shoppers
Opinion | ‘Chinese kitchens are dirty and MSG is bad for you’: how racism persists in the West, despite evidence to the contrary

Widespread concern about MSG – despite all evidence – is rooted in distrust of the Chinese and shows how easy it is for mistaken ideas to take hold. Racism, like inhibitions about food, is something that has to be unlearned.

17 Dec 2018 - 7:38PM

Widespread concern about MSG – despite all evidence – is rooted in distrust of the Chinese and shows how easy it is for mistaken ideas to take hold. Racism, like inhibitions about food, is something that has to be unlearned.

‘Chinese kitchens are dirty and MSG is bad for you’: how racism persists in the West, despite evidence to the contrary
Opinion | Racism against ‘gweilos’, like prejudice towards Chinese and domestic helpers, is rooted in old ideas

Words and stereotypes used to describe Europeans and other Asians usually stem from outdated ideas. Today, most Hongkongers aren’t racist and foreigners embrace the term ‘gweilo’, but sometimes the ugliness behind words seeps out

3 Dec 2018 - 7:09PM

Words and stereotypes used to describe Europeans and other Asians usually stem from outdated ideas. Today, most Hongkongers aren’t racist and foreigners embrace the term ‘gweilo’, but sometimes the ugliness behind words seeps out

Racism against ‘gweilos’, like prejudice towards Chinese and domestic helpers, is rooted in old ideas
Opinion | When millions of Hongkongers are still living in public housing, it’s no wonder the Lion Rock spirit is ailing

The cloud of gloom hanging over Hongkongers is understandable when so many still struggle to make ends meet and have to rely on government housing. Hong Kong’s economy is still too dependent on the tourism and retail sectors.

20 Nov 2018 - 7:02AM

The cloud of gloom hanging over Hongkongers is understandable when so many still struggle to make ends meet and have to rely on government housing. Hong Kong’s economy is still too dependent on the tourism and retail sectors.

When millions of Hongkongers are still living in public housing, it’s no wonder the Lion Rock spirit is ailing
Opinion | In my 30 years with the Post, the media environment has changed dramatically, but my journalistic principles remain the same

The Post has evolved, changed hands and moved offices over the past few decades, but why journalists do what they do should not change.

5 Nov 2018 - 8:25PM

The Post has evolved, changed hands and moved offices over the past few decades, but why journalists do what they do should not change.

In my 30 years with the Post, the media environment has changed dramatically, but my journalistic principles remain the same
Opinion | Why the MTR is to blame for Hongkongers’ impatience

Hongkongers have become so used to the MTR running on time that when things go wrong, on the subway or elsewhere, they have little patience with any inefficiency they encounter.

22 Oct 2018 - 8:00PM

Hongkongers have become so used to the MTR running on time that when things go wrong, on the subway or elsewhere, they have little patience with any inefficiency they encounter.

Why the MTR is to blame for Hongkongers’ impatience
Opinion | Proof that Hongkongers are still struggling with the #MeToo movement: I groped a woman by mistake, but no one said anything

The #MeToo movement hasn’t taken off in Hong Kong, where female accusers get little support and it is hard to get witnesses to stand up and back their allegations.

8 Oct 2018 - 7:10PM

The #MeToo movement hasn’t taken off in Hong Kong, where female accusers get little support and it is hard to get witnesses to stand up and back their allegations.

Proof that Hongkongers are still struggling with the #MeToo movement: I groped a woman by mistake, but no one said anything
Opinion | When death approaches for the old and sick, who decides how far we should go to prolong life?

The recent passing of a loved one illuminates the difficult decisions that many will have to confront some day. If death is inevitable, can we at least set the terms of our departure?

24 Sep 2018 - 5:53PM

The recent passing of a loved one illuminates the difficult decisions that many will have to confront some day. If death is inevitable, can we at least set the terms of our departure?

When death approaches for the old and sick, who decides how far we should go to prolong life?
Opinion | The secret to Hongkongers’ longevity? We walk more than anyone else in the world

Hong Kong’s long life expectancy can’t be put down to the low smoking rate, or the resilience of the elderly generation. Rather, the reason might be all the walking Hongkongers do.

10 Sep 2018 - 8:45PM

Hong Kong’s long life expectancy can’t be put down to the low smoking rate, or the resilience of the elderly generation. Rather, the reason might be all the walking Hongkongers do.

The secret to Hongkongers’ longevity? We walk more than anyone else in the world
Opinion | Hong Kong falls behind in equality, poverty reduction and environmental protection – but leads in arrogance

The hubris of Hongkongers, witnessed online and in government, has left it unable to respond appropriately to the city’s mounting problems or to claim the title of ‘international city’.

27 Aug 2018 - 7:16PM

The hubris of Hongkongers, witnessed online and in government, has left it unable to respond appropriately to the city’s mounting problems or to claim the title of ‘international city’.

Hong Kong falls behind in equality, poverty reduction and environmental protection – but leads in arrogance
Opinion | Hong Kong independence activist Andy Chan is neither a martyr nor a threat to Chinese rule

The overreactions to the Foreign Correspondents’ Club talk go both ways: Beijing may have made an international celebrity out of a nobody in Andy Chan, and those coming to his defence are blowing the threat to ‘free speech’ out of proportion.

3 Oct 2018 - 1:29PM

The overreactions to the Foreign Correspondents’ Club talk go both ways: Beijing may have made an international celebrity out of a nobody in Andy Chan, and those coming to his defence are blowing the threat to ‘free speech’ out of proportion.

Hong Kong independence activist Andy Chan is neither a martyr nor a threat to Chinese rule
Opinion | Why Hong Kong’s new banknotes should feature famous faces instead of butterflies, rocks and dim sum

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority has made safe and generic choices for the new banknote themes instead of using the opportunity to commemorate some of city’s legendary personalities.

31 Jul 2018 - 5:30AM

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority has made safe and generic choices for the new banknote themes instead of using the opportunity to commemorate some of city’s legendary personalities.

Why Hong Kong’s new banknotes should feature famous faces instead of butterflies, rocks and dim sum