Peter Kammerer

Hong Kong

Peter Kammerer

Senior Writer; Columnist

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 | The big test for Beijing: will Hongkongers accept a made-in-China coronavirus vaccine?

For the city government, there is no better way of showing loyalty and trust than by implementing a compulsory immunisation scheme – but will you stick your arm out?

11 Aug 2020 - 6:15AM

For the city government, there is no better way of showing loyalty and trust than by implementing a compulsory immunisation scheme – but will you stick your arm out?

The big test for Beijing: will Hongkongers accept a made-in-China coronavirus vaccine?
Shades Off | Hong Kong third wave: the focus on protests shows flawed government priorities

The failure to address preserving people’s health and livelihoods in the security law reveals how blinkered leaders are. Unlike someone protesting for rights, someone with Covid-19 symptoms who goes on as if there is nothing wrong is harming public health.

28 Jul 2020 - 10:15AM

The failure to address preserving people’s health and livelihoods in the security law reveals how blinkered leaders are. Unlike someone protesting for rights, someone with Covid-19 symptoms who goes on as if there is nothing wrong is harming public health.

Hong Kong third wave: the focus on protests shows flawed government priorities
Shades Off | Like coronavirus fight, time for Hong Kong to adapt to national security law

The freedoms that are perceived as having been lost are gone and are most likely not coming back under the present regime. Getting on with our lives and doing what we can to stay safe is the price of being a Hongkonger in these challenging times.

3 Aug 2020 - 7:21PM

The freedoms that are perceived as having been lost are gone and are most likely not coming back under the present regime. Getting on with our lives and doing what we can to stay safe is the price of being a Hongkonger in these challenging times.

Like coronavirus fight, time for Hong Kong to adapt to national security law
Shades Off | How Hong Kong should cope with the national security law: keep calm and carry on

Given that the national security law on the mainland targets those who oppose the Communist Party, the same could be expected for Hong Kong. Nevertheless, it would be best for Hongkongers not to panic, but get on with their lives.

30 Jun 2020 - 6:33AM

Given that the national security law on the mainland targets those who oppose the Communist Party, the same could be expected for Hong Kong. Nevertheless, it would be best for Hongkongers not to panic, but get on with their lives.

How Hong Kong should cope with the national security law: keep calm and carry on
Shades Off | Hong Kong and US protests are different – in how police brutality claims are treated

Unlike in Hong Kong, public outrage over the allegations of police violence is taken seriously in the US. While being deaf to protesters’ demands, Hong Kong and Beijing officials are busy calling out the US for double standards.

16 Jun 2020 - 8:43AM

Unlike in Hong Kong, public outrage over the allegations of police violence is taken seriously in the US. While being deaf to protesters’ demands, Hong Kong and Beijing officials are busy calling out the US for double standards.

Hong Kong and US protests are different – in how police brutality claims are treated
Shades Off | National security law is a bitter betrayal of Hong Kong’s promise and exposes all to fear and intimidation

Anyone who disagrees with the Communist Party line is likely to become open to bullying, credit-scoring and revenge – reminiscent of the weaponisation of fear during the Cultural Revolution.

2 Jun 2020 - 9:00AM

Anyone who disagrees with the Communist Party line is likely to become open to bullying, credit-scoring and revenge – reminiscent of the weaponisation of fear during the Cultural Revolution.

National security law is a bitter betrayal of Hong Kong’s promise and exposes all to fear and intimidation
Opinion | Mask handout: another example of a government that doesn’t listen, giving people what they don’t want or need

The scheme to hand out free reusable masks has turned into a PR disaster. It’s time officials learned to be honest and transparent, serve the people and only hand out that which is wanted and needed.

19 May 2020 - 6:30AM

The scheme to hand out free reusable masks has turned into a PR disaster. It’s time officials learned to be honest and transparent, serve the people and only hand out that which is wanted and needed.

Mask handout: another example of a government that doesn’t listen, giving people what they don’t want or need
Shades Off | Coronavirus in Hong Kong: how the past three months have changed us

Covid-19 has taught us the benefits of moving parts of our lives, from schooling and shopping to medical consultations, online. The need for social distancing has swept aside officials’ and lawmakers’ efforts to safeguard legacy industries.

5 May 2020 - 7:00AM

Covid-19 has taught us the benefits of moving parts of our lives, from schooling and shopping to medical consultations, online. The need for social distancing has swept aside officials’ and lawmakers’ efforts to safeguard legacy industries.

Coronavirus in Hong Kong: how the past three months have changed us
Shades Off | After being holed up to contain the coronavirus, Hongkongers must now show agility befitting the Year of the Rat

As case numbers drop, Hong Kong should consider easing restrictions so businesses that have been hard hit have a chance to recover, especially since Hongkongers have shown themselves capable of being responsible about hygiene.

21 Apr 2020 - 1:49PM

As case numbers drop, Hong Kong should consider easing restrictions so businesses that have been hard hit have a chance to recover, especially since Hongkongers have shown themselves capable of being responsible about hygiene.

After being holed up to contain the coronavirus, Hongkongers must now show agility befitting the Year of the Rat
Shades Off | Hong Kong is in crisis. Where are the billionaires who have profited so handsomely in the good times?

The coronavirus outbreak has worsened the city’s recession, hitting vital sectors and leaving many jobless. Who is helping the needy and vulnerable? Only Li Ka-shing has publicly shown his philanthropic side.

7 Apr 2020 - 9:30AM

The coronavirus outbreak has worsened the city’s recession, hitting vital sectors and leaving many jobless. Who is helping the needy and vulnerable? Only Li Ka-shing has publicly shown his philanthropic side.

Hong Kong is in crisis. Where are the billionaires who have profited so handsomely in the good times?
Shades Off | As coronavirus ravages the world, I’d rather be in Hong Kong right now than anywhere else

Hong Kong’s prior experience with health emergencies, good infrastructure and a population with an instinct for self-preservation have combined to keep the city’s infection rate relatively low.

24 Mar 2020 - 7:02AM

Hong Kong’s prior experience with health emergencies, good infrastructure and a population with an instinct for self-preservation have combined to keep the city’s infection rate relatively low.

As coronavirus ravages the world, I’d rather be in Hong Kong right now than anywhere else
Shades Off | As the coronavirus spreads globally, packed restaurants and handshakes show Hong Kong is getting complacent

While mask wearing is still ubiquitous, more Hongkongers are venturing out to restaurants and social gatherings. Meanwhile, Covid-19 continues to spread and the risk of contracting it is still high.

10 Mar 2020 - 7:14AM

While mask wearing is still ubiquitous, more Hongkongers are venturing out to restaurants and social gatherings. Meanwhile, Covid-19 continues to spread and the risk of contracting it is still high.

As the coronavirus spreads globally, packed restaurants and handshakes show Hong Kong is getting complacent
Shades Off | With no trust in their government, Hongkongers have to take care of themselves in coronavirus chaos

Amid the uncertainty, fear and anger, don’t blame Hong Kong’s predicament on Covid-19 or even the protests. Things have been shifting since 1997, when city officials began to put Beijing’s needs over those of Hongkongers’, and have been shifting faster since.

25 Feb 2020 - 9:00AM

Amid the uncertainty, fear and anger, don’t blame Hong Kong’s predicament on Covid-19 or even the protests. Things have been shifting since 1997, when city officials began to put Beijing’s needs over those of Hongkongers’, and have been shifting faster since.

With no trust in their government, Hongkongers have to take care of themselves in coronavirus chaos
Shades Off | Has Carrie Lam’s tardiness in closing Hong Kong’s borders condemned me to a holiday on Christmas Island?

The Hong Kong chief executive’s incremental closing of the border with China has created uncertainty for many travellers as governments around the world shut out arrivals from the city or subject them to quarantines.

11 Feb 2020 - 9:00AM

The Hong Kong chief executive’s incremental closing of the border with China has created uncertainty for many travellers as governments around the world shut out arrivals from the city or subject them to quarantines.

Has Carrie Lam’s tardiness in closing Hong Kong’s borders condemned me to a holiday on Christmas Island?
Shades Off | Coronavirus in the Year of the Rat calls for a decisive Carrie Lam, not the passive leader seen during the protests

The government has been criticised for leaving the police to handle protesters instead of finding a political solution. Now, Carrie Lam must not put health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak at more risk than absolutely necessary.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:11PM

The government has been criticised for leaving the police to handle protesters instead of finding a political solution. Now, Carrie Lam must not put health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak at more risk than absolutely necessary.

Coronavirus in the Year of the Rat calls for a decisive Carrie Lam, not the passive leader seen during the protests
Shades Off | Hong Kong is no longer ‘Asia’s World City’. Time for a radical rebranding

Protests have eroded or made irrelevant the branding values first promoted nearly 20 years ago. Hong Kong’s brand needs rejuvenation, something that better showcases its different viewpoints, customs and even its colonial past.

14 Jan 2020 - 8:05AM

Protests have eroded or made irrelevant the branding values first promoted nearly 20 years ago. Hong Kong’s brand needs rejuvenation, something that better showcases its different viewpoints, customs and even its colonial past.

Hong Kong is no longer ‘Asia’s World City’. Time for a radical rebranding
Shades Off | Protests have opened up a golden opportunity to cure the Hong Kong economy’s addiction to Chinese tourists

The Hong Kong government needs to dispense with the blinkered view that the protests are hurting tourism and the economy. As the world shifts towards online shopping, Hong Kong must reduce its unhealthy reliance on mainland tourist arrivals.

31 Dec 2019 - 6:30AM

The Hong Kong government needs to dispense with the blinkered view that the protests are hurting tourism and the economy. As the world shifts towards online shopping, Hong Kong must reduce its unhealthy reliance on mainland tourist arrivals.

Protests have opened up a golden opportunity to cure the Hong Kong economy’s addiction to Chinese tourists
Shades Off | Hong Kong protesters must focus on attainable goals, such as MPF pension reforms, which Beijing cannot argue against

A Western-style democracy is a lost cause but protesters can retain popular support if they push for solutions to social welfare issues such as pensions. Pan-democrats working alongside Beijing will make loftier goals more achievable down the road.

17 Dec 2019 - 4:27PM

A Western-style democracy is a lost cause but protesters can retain popular support if they push for solutions to social welfare issues such as pensions. Pan-democrats working alongside Beijing will make loftier goals more achievable down the road.

Hong Kong protesters must focus on attainable goals, such as MPF pension reforms, which Beijing cannot argue against
Opinion | It’s time for Hong Kong protesters to be realistic about their five demands and compromise, after district elections victory

Universal suffrage is not immediately likely, an amnesty is controversial and rioting is a charge best left to the courts. Protesters should instead focus on achieving more responsive governance, and push for an independent probe into police conduct.

3 Dec 2019 - 9:30AM

Universal suffrage is not immediately likely, an amnesty is controversial and rioting is a charge best left to the courts. Protesters should instead focus on achieving more responsive governance, and push for an independent probe into police conduct.

It’s time for Hong Kong protesters to be realistic about their five demands and compromise, after district elections victory
Shades Off | Why are Hongkongers so angry? Because their baby boomer leaders are living in a parallel universe

Justice Secretary Teresa Cheng’s ironic promotion of Hong Kong as a dispute resolution centre and Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung’s shocking confession that he did not know why people are so angry are typical of the arrogance, self-entitlement and ignorance of the baby boomer leaders.

19 Nov 2019 - 2:19AM

Justice Secretary Teresa Cheng’s ironic promotion of Hong Kong as a dispute resolution centre and Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung’s shocking confession that he did not know why people are so angry are typical of the arrogance, self-entitlement and ignorance of the baby boomer leaders.

Why are Hongkongers so angry? Because their baby boomer leaders are living in a parallel universe
Shades Off | Hong Kong’s protest violence will only hasten the city’s integration into ‘one country’

A communique issued after the Communist Party’s fourth plenum, which warns of sweeping changes in relations with Hong Kong and implicitly criticises our legal system, should have alarm bells ringing over the future of ‘one country, two systems’.

5 Nov 2019 - 9:29AM

A communique issued after the Communist Party’s fourth plenum, which warns of sweeping changes in relations with Hong Kong and implicitly criticises our legal system, should have alarm bells ringing over the future of ‘one country, two systems’.

Hong Kong’s protest violence will only hasten the city’s integration into ‘one country’
Shades Off | Hong Kong protesters should be mindful of the fate of Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo

As Hong Kong’s protesters are nominated for the same Peace prize Liu won in 2010, they should be mindful of the ideals for which he died and his family suffered, and also how international attention sealed his fate with Beijing.

22 Oct 2019 - 9:00AM

As Hong Kong’s protesters are nominated for the same Peace prize Liu won in 2010, they should be mindful of the ideals for which he died and his family suffered, and also how international attention sealed his fate with Beijing.

Hong Kong protesters should be mindful of the fate of Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo
Shades Off | Hong Kong is turning into a police state as the separation of the force from politics becomes latest casualty of protests

Police have been given free rein to enforce laws as they wish, had their calls for stronger powers granted and Carrie Lam has repeatedly rejected calls for a genuinely independent inquiry into alleged abuses.

8 Oct 2019 - 9:13AM

Police have been given free rein to enforce laws as they wish, had their calls for stronger powers granted and Carrie Lam has repeatedly rejected calls for a genuinely independent inquiry into alleged abuses.

Hong Kong is turning into a police state as the separation of the force from politics becomes latest casualty of protests
Shades Off | Munich is the city that Hong Kong can be, with the right governance

A regional centre of business and finance, innovation and culture, with a great quality of living, Munich is everything that Hong Kong would want to be To be that truly world-class city, Hong Kong needs a government that is representative and responsive to people’s needs.

24 Sep 2019 - 6:00AM

A regional centre of business and finance, innovation and culture, with a great quality of living, Munich is everything that Hong Kong would want to be To be that truly world-class city, Hong Kong needs a government that is representative and responsive to people’s needs.

Munich is the city that Hong Kong can be, with the right governance
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