Phil C. W. Chan

Phil C. W. Chan

Phil C.W. Chan is an independent observer on Hong Kong, China and Asia-Pacific affairs. He holds a PhD in international law and Chinese law from the National University of Singapore and law degrees from the Universities of Hong Kong and Durham. He is author of the book "China, State Sovereignty and International Legal Order".

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Opinion | If Beijing can’t quit blaming foreigners for its problems, Hong Kong will forever be the site of foreign contagion

Beijing continues to complain about foreign interference, after a record 2.94 million people voted in the Hong Kong district elections. The notion that ordinary Hongkongers have free will of their own simply flies in the face of Chinese authoritarianism.

4 Dec 2019 - 6:42AM

Beijing continues to complain about foreign interference, after a record 2.94 million people voted in the Hong Kong district elections. The notion that ordinary Hongkongers have free will of their own simply flies in the face of Chinese authoritarianism.

If Beijing can’t quit blaming foreigners for its problems, Hong Kong will forever be the site of foreign contagion
Opinion | Carrie Lam has lit Hong Kong ablaze. A failure to hold district council elections would be the final betrayal

Carrie Lam, and the pro-Beijing politicians who enabled her, should not forget their responsibility for the protest chaos. If elections do not happen as scheduled, the increased violence will take a toll that the city will not recover from.

15 Nov 2019 - 10:13AM

Carrie Lam, and the pro-Beijing politicians who enabled her, should not forget their responsibility for the protest chaos. If elections do not happen as scheduled, the increased violence will take a toll that the city will not recover from.

Carrie Lam has lit Hong Kong ablaze. A failure to hold district council elections would be the final betrayal
Opinion | Why Hong Kong protesters are forcing university leaders to pick a side – academic freedom is at stake

Behind public support for the protesters is the realisation that Hong Kong has paid a steep price for tolerating policies that pushed integration with the mainland. University leaders’ silence at this time doesn’t bode well for academic freedom.

6 Nov 2019 - 9:18AM

Behind public support for the protesters is the realisation that Hong Kong has paid a steep price for tolerating policies that pushed integration with the mainland. University leaders’ silence at this time doesn’t bode well for academic freedom.

Why Hong Kong protesters are forcing university leaders to pick a side – academic freedom is at stake
Opinion | Singapore is no alternative for Hongkongers angered by loss of freedoms – the Lion City’s restraints go far beyond Hong Kong’s

As Hongkongers angry about the erosion of their freedoms look elsewhere, it should be remembered they still enjoy rights Singaporeans do not. For example, the Lion City has a counterpart to the hated Emergency Regulations Ordinance as a regular law.

25 Oct 2019 - 9:02AM

As Hongkongers angry about the erosion of their freedoms look elsewhere, it should be remembered they still enjoy rights Singaporeans do not. For example, the Lion City has a counterpart to the hated Emergency Regulations Ordinance as a regular law.

Singapore is no alternative for Hongkongers angered by loss of freedoms – the Lion City’s restraints go far beyond Hong Kong’s
Opinion | What choice do Hong Kong protesters have when the options are the PLA or dictator-in-the-making Carrie Lam?

Hong Kong’s morally bankrupt government has crossed the line by invoking emergency powers to bring in an anti-mask law. We have indeed entered a ‘very dangerous situation’ – Carrie Lam, with her unchecked authority, is that danger.

9 Oct 2019 - 11:37AM

Hong Kong’s morally bankrupt government has crossed the line by invoking emergency powers to bring in an anti-mask law. We have indeed entered a ‘very dangerous situation’ – Carrie Lam, with her unchecked authority, is that danger.

What choice do Hong Kong protesters have when the options are the PLA or dictator-in-the-making Carrie Lam?
Opinion | For its 70th National Day, a strong China can afford to grant Hong Kong protesters’ wishes

Are flag-waving, anthem-singing patriots or underperforming officials what China needs? Beijing should consider fostering genuine patriotism in Hong Kong under ‘one country, two systems’, by responding to Hongkongers’ needs.

26 Sep 2019 - 12:26PM

Are flag-waving, anthem-singing patriots or underperforming officials what China needs? Beijing should consider fostering genuine patriotism in Hong Kong under ‘one country, two systems’, by responding to Hongkongers’ needs.

For its 70th National Day, a strong China can afford to grant Hong Kong protesters’ wishes
Opinion | China and the US should be wary of the historical parallels with 1914

A catalyst setting a rising power and its allies against an entrenched power in a bloody conflict where no one wins? It happened last century in Europe, and could again if Beijing cracks down hard on Hong Kong.

30 Aug 2019 - 11:24AM

A catalyst setting a rising power and its allies against an entrenched power in a bloody conflict where no one wins? It happened last century in Europe, and could again if Beijing cracks down hard on Hong Kong.

China and the US should be wary of the historical parallels with 1914
Opinion | If China hears the Hong Kong people, it must let Carrie Lam go

The Hong Kong authorities’ apparently inconsistent handling of the Yuen Long attack on commuters and protesters’ clashes with the police sows doubts about the rule of law.

4 Aug 2019 - 9:01AM

The Hong Kong authorities’ apparently inconsistent handling of the Yuen Long attack on commuters and protesters’ clashes with the police sows doubts about the rule of law.

If China hears the Hong Kong people, it must let Carrie Lam go
Opinion | Amnesty for Hong Kong extradition bill protesters would heal society and close rifts with mainland China

Hong Kong’s guidelines for prosecutors say there are conditions in which prosecution does not serve the public interest. Recent acts, in a highly charged atmosphere created by unresponsive government, should fall under those conditions.

17 Jul 2019 - 5:33AM

Hong Kong’s guidelines for prosecutors say there are conditions in which prosecution does not serve the public interest. Recent acts, in a highly charged atmosphere created by unresponsive government, should fall under those conditions.

Amnesty for Hong Kong extradition bill protesters would heal society and close rifts with mainland China
Hongkongers’ post-1997 identity crisis at the heart of youthful mistrust of government
Hong Kong electoral officials have overstepped their boundaries by barring pro-independence candidate
University of Hong Kong's decision not to appoint Johannes Chan as pro-vice-chancellor smacks of political interference
In the spirit of the times, China and Japan must seek peace

Recent disagreements between China and Japan are by no means comparable to the rivalry between Britain and Germany that led to the first world war. Any such comparison is ill-conceived.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

Recent disagreements between China and Japan are by no means comparable to the rivalry between Britain and Germany that led to the first world war. Any such comparison is ill-conceived.

In the spirit of the times, China and Japan must seek peace
China adds valid voice to shaping international order

Following China's vetoes of United Nations Security Council action over Syria, Susan Rice, the now former US ambassador to the UN, expressed disgust about China impeding protection of civilians and enabling mass killings.

19 Apr 2017 - 6:14AM

Following China's vetoes of United Nations Security Council action over Syria, Susan Rice, the now former US ambassador to the UN, expressed disgust about China impeding protection of civilians and enabling mass killings.

China adds valid voice to shaping international order