Regina Ip

Regina Ip

Regina Ip served as Hong Kong's secretary for security from 1998 to 2003. After three years’ studies in the US, she returned to Hong Kong with a view to improving Hong Kong’s governance. She is now chairperson of New People’s Party and a legislator elected on Hong Kong Island.

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Opinion | 2014 Occupy protests and 2019 unrest leave no doubt Chinese patriots must rule Hong Kong

Beijing’s requirement that Hong Kong’s leaders must love the country and Hong Kong is not new, but has been emphasised now following repeated attacks on the city’s law and order. To ensure ‘one country, two systems’ continues, the SAR must choose a leader who’s trusted and capable.

Beijing’s requirement that Hong Kong’s leaders must love the country and Hong Kong is not new, but has been emphasised now following repeated attacks on the city’s law and order. To ensure ‘one country, two systems’ continues, the SAR must choose a leader who’s trusted and capable.

2014 Occupy protests and 2019 unrest leave no doubt Chinese patriots must rule Hong Kong
7 Feb 2021 - 9:15AM
Opinion | For Hongkongers who decide to leave, it’s time they had to choose: foreign citizenship or right of abode in Hong Kong

Twenty-three years after the handover, Hongkongers who make a conscious decision to leave the city and, by implication, give up on Hong Kong, should be asked to make their choice – China or a foreign country.

Twenty-three years after the handover, Hongkongers who make a conscious decision to leave the city and, by implication, give up on Hong Kong, should be asked to make their choice – China or a foreign country.

For Hongkongers who decide to leave, it’s time they had to choose: foreign citizenship or right of abode in Hong Kong
10 Jan 2021 - 7:24AM
Opinion | What’s so wrong with China defending Hong Kong and national security?

As the West remonstrates about perceived violations of Hong Kong’s autonomy and human rights, surely China has the right to protect itself, and a vital part of its territory, even though its systems are different.

As the West remonstrates about perceived violations of Hong Kong’s autonomy and human rights, surely China has the right to protect itself, and a vital part of its territory, even though its systems are different.

What’s so wrong with China defending Hong Kong and national security?
13 Dec 2020 - 7:11AM
Opinion | New development plan for China raises new anxieties for Hong Kong

The brevity of the reference to Hong Kong in the communique after the party’s fifth plenum indicates an awakening to what is realistically achievable under ‘one country, two systems’. Above all, the city must remain stable and secure.

The brevity of the reference to Hong Kong in the communique after the party’s fifth plenum indicates an awakening to what is realistically achievable under ‘one country, two systems’. Above all, the city must remain stable and secure.

New development plan for China raises new anxieties for Hong Kong
8 Nov 2020 - 9:45AM
Opinion | Hong Kong is stuck in a high land price trap. Qing dynasty China holds many lessons

In the late Qing dynasty, with its highly developed farming economy, there was no incentive to innovate to meet the needs of the burgeoning population. Hong Kong, faced with rising demand for housing, persists in pursuing a high land price policy instead of thinking out of the box.

In the late Qing dynasty, with its highly developed farming economy, there was no incentive to innovate to meet the needs of the burgeoning population. Hong Kong, faced with rising demand for housing, persists in pursuing a high land price policy instead of thinking out of the box.

Hong Kong is stuck in a high land price trap. Qing dynasty China holds many lessons
11 Oct 2020 - 9:03AM
Opinion | The US may be curtailing Hong Kong’s autonomy more than China

Hong Kong’s unique character has been damaged by Washington’s policy change and imposition of sanctions. This will only lead Hong Kong to turn more to the Greater Bay Area for its economic survival.

Hong Kong’s unique character has been damaged by Washington’s policy change and imposition of sanctions. This will only lead Hong Kong to turn more to the Greater Bay Area for its economic survival.

The US may be curtailing Hong Kong’s autonomy more than China
6 Sep 2020 - 4:57AM
Opinion | Why Hong Kong does not need more democracy right now

The chaos and instability unleashed by the quest for universal suffrage, the gridlock in the legislature and the government’s declining efficacy support a halt in the expansion of democracy.

The chaos and instability unleashed by the quest for universal suffrage, the gridlock in the legislature and the government’s declining efficacy support a halt in the expansion of democracy.

Why Hong Kong does not need more democracy right now
16 Aug 2020 - 8:14AM
Opinion | Hong Kong national security law: a restoration of state power, and more

The new law rolls back some curbs on Hong Kong’s law enforcement enacted just before 1997 and allows central authorities to deal with cases that a local government cannot, or where there is a major national security threat.

The new law rolls back some curbs on Hong Kong’s law enforcement enacted just before 1997 and allows central authorities to deal with cases that a local government cannot, or where there is a major national security threat.

Hong Kong national security law: a restoration of state power, and more
4 Jul 2020 - 7:47PM
Opinion | Why Beijing’s national security law for Hong Kong does not spell the end of ‘one country, two systems’

Hong Kong’s separate systems, grounded in common law and an independent judiciary, will survive, but Hong Kong must recognise that it is part of China, not a US-led world order.

Hong Kong’s separate systems, grounded in common law and an independent judiciary, will survive, but Hong Kong must recognise that it is part of China, not a US-led world order.

Why Beijing’s national security law for Hong Kong does not spell the end of ‘one country, two systems’
31 May 2020 - 9:30AM
Opinion | Why Beijing’s offices in Hong Kong cannot be guilty of interference, despite the legal community’s misgivings

Both the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office and the liaison office were established before 1997 and so cannot be regarded as departments of the central government established after 1997 under Article 22(1) of the Basic Law.

Both the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office and the liaison office were established before 1997 and so cannot be regarded as departments of the central government established after 1997 under Article 22(1) of the Basic Law.

Why Beijing’s offices in Hong Kong cannot be guilty of interference, despite the legal community’s misgivings
10 May 2020 - 9:34AM
Opinion | Radicals have put Hong Kong’s democratic system on the path to destruction. Can it be saved?

Is more democracy the answer to Hong Kong’s problems? Democracy does not work when the executive and legislative branches are in deadlock: worryingly, some pan-democrats are threatening to block all bills if they win a majority in September.

Is more democracy the answer to Hong Kong’s problems? Democracy does not work when the executive and legislative branches are in deadlock: worryingly, some pan-democrats are threatening to block all bills if they win a majority in September.

Radicals have put Hong Kong’s democratic system on the path to destruction. Can it be saved?
5 Apr 2020 - 7:00AM
Opinion | Hong Kong legislators leveraging US power to settle personal scores hurt city’s interests

The suggestion that Hong Kong officials could fall foul of US legislation on human rights has in itself caused reputational damage to the city. Hong Kong politicians seeking to use the legislation against enemies do a disservice to voters.

The suggestion that Hong Kong officials could fall foul of US legislation on human rights has in itself caused reputational damage to the city. Hong Kong politicians seeking to use the legislation against enemies do a disservice to voters.

Hong Kong legislators leveraging US power to settle personal scores hurt city’s interests
15 Mar 2020 - 9:36AM
Opinion | Coronavirus outbreak: Hong Kong’s medical workers on strike could have been left with a bitter pill to swallow

Strikes are legal under a restricted definition which the agitating medical workers could have breached. They should not pave the way for the chief executive to declare a public emergency to deal with the new coronavirus.

Strikes are legal under a restricted definition which the agitating medical workers could have breached. They should not pave the way for the chief executive to declare a public emergency to deal with the new coronavirus.

Coronavirus outbreak: Hong Kong’s medical workers on strike could have been left with a bitter pill to swallow
9 Feb 2020 - 9:20AM
Opinion | The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act is a sledgehammer the US can use to crush Hong Kong

A study of the provisions of the new law reveals America’s intentions lie less in protecting Hong Kong freedoms than targeting China’s – and thus Hong Kong’s – rise as a serious competitor in hi-tech and economic advances.

A study of the provisions of the new law reveals America’s intentions lie less in protecting Hong Kong freedoms than targeting China’s – and thus Hong Kong’s – rise as a serious competitor in hi-tech and economic advances.

The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act is a sledgehammer the US can use to crush Hong Kong
12 Jan 2020 - 9:30AM
Opinion | Anti-government victory in Hong Kong’s district council elections won’t bring about peace

In calmer times, the diligent provision of district services has been enough for pro-establishment district council candidates. This is no longer the case, as overall dissatisfaction in Hong Kong has led voters to reward extremist tactics.

In calmer times, the diligent provision of district services has been enough for pro-establishment district council candidates. This is no longer the case, as overall dissatisfaction in Hong Kong has led voters to reward extremist tactics.

Anti-government victory in Hong Kong’s district council elections won’t bring about peace
3 Dec 2019 - 9:29AM
Opinion | Hong Kong is not, and never has been, a ‘stateless nation’. Indulging that fantasy could have disastrous results

Hong Kong had a strong connection to China during the colonial era and there was little desire for self-governance. Those saying otherwise sell a dangerous delusion at a time when many Hongkongers simply want their orderly society back.

Hong Kong had a strong connection to China during the colonial era and there was little desire for self-governance. Those saying otherwise sell a dangerous delusion at a time when many Hongkongers simply want their orderly society back.

Hong Kong is not, and never has been, a ‘stateless nation’. Indulging that fantasy could have disastrous results
10 Nov 2019 - 8:09AM
Opinion | The Hong Kong story doesn’t have to end in tragedy

If the protests drag on, pro-government parties may well lose big in the next district council and Legco elections. In that case, it wouldn’t be impossible for an anti-China democrat to be elected as chief executive, sparking a constitutional crisis.

If the protests drag on, pro-government parties may well lose big in the next district council and Legco elections. In that case, it wouldn’t be impossible for an anti-China democrat to be elected as chief executive, sparking a constitutional crisis.

The Hong Kong story doesn’t have to end in tragedy
13 Oct 2019 - 7:15AM
Opinion | Carrie Lam has done all she can to meet the five demands. Protesters must know their limits

Carrie Lam has gone further than her predecessors in responding to mass demonstrations and meeting protesters’ demands. Unfortunately, the chief executive does not have any power to grant a blanket amnesty or universal suffrage.

Carrie Lam has gone further than her predecessors in responding to mass demonstrations and meeting protesters’ demands. Unfortunately, the chief executive does not have any power to grant a blanket amnesty or universal suffrage.

Carrie Lam has done all she can to meet the five demands. Protesters must know their limits
15 Sep 2019 - 9:54AM
Opinion | Hong Kong needs real economic and social reform right now, not an independent inquiry into the turmoil

A look into previous successful commissions of inquiry show that they took place when the matter was no longer ongoing. Because Hong Kong’s protests are still raging, an ‘independent’ inquiry would be difficult; we need a radical reform agenda instead

A look into previous successful commissions of inquiry show that they took place when the matter was no longer ongoing. Because Hong Kong’s protests are still raging, an ‘independent’ inquiry would be difficult; we need a radical reform agenda instead

Hong Kong needs real economic and social reform right now, not an independent inquiry into the turmoil
11 Aug 2019 - 8:39AM
Opinion | Extradition debacle proves Hong Kong’s government needs a radical shake-up to change the way it thinks and acts

The mishandling of the extradition bill shows that the machinery for governance is all but broken. Drastic changes in officials’ mindset, as well as policies and systems, are the only way to preserve Hong Kong’s status as a vibrant and safe city.

The mishandling of the extradition bill shows that the machinery for governance is all but broken. Drastic changes in officials’ mindset, as well as policies and systems, are the only way to preserve Hong Kong’s status as a vibrant and safe city.

Extradition debacle proves Hong Kong’s government needs a radical shake-up to change the way it thinks and acts
7 Jul 2019 - 7:07AM
Opinion | Three reasons Hong Kong’s extradition bill should garner support from foreign governments

The government’s proposed changes to Hong Kong’s extradition laws would aid the global fight against crime, put the mainland on an equal footing to other jurisdictions the city has agreements with, and expose China to the common law system.

The government’s proposed changes to Hong Kong’s extradition laws would aid the global fight against crime, put the mainland on an equal footing to other jurisdictions the city has agreements with, and expose China to the common law system.

Three reasons Hong Kong’s extradition bill should garner support from foreign governments
5 Jun 2019 - 5:58PM
Opinion | Carrie Lam must take on the MTR corporate behemoth to protect Hong Kong public interest

A deal made four decades ago, letting the company delve into property development to finance its rail lines, has evolved over the years into a poor bargain for Hong Kong people. The government has the authority to correct that.

A deal made four decades ago, letting the company delve into property development to finance its rail lines, has evolved over the years into a poor bargain for Hong Kong people. The government has the authority to correct that.

Carrie Lam must take on the MTR corporate behemoth to protect Hong Kong public interest
5 May 2019 - 9:30AM
Opinion | Don’t be fooled by the free-market mantra. Hong Kong’s economic fortunes have changed dramatically in 25 years

The city’s free-market economy is stagnating, and entrepreneurs have not been creating new value. The world has changed since Hong Kong was first named the world’s freest economy and it’s time for the government to intervene more to stop the rot.

The city’s free-market economy is stagnating, and entrepreneurs have not been creating new value. The world has changed since Hong Kong was first named the world’s freest economy and it’s time for the government to intervene more to stop the rot.

Don’t be fooled by the free-market mantra. Hong Kong’s economic fortunes have changed dramatically in 25 years
6 Apr 2019 - 6:47PM
Opinion | Budget misfire: Paul Chan is throwing billions at Hong Kong’s problems, but offering no real solutions

The new budget is a hodgepodge of crowd-pleasing measures and deal-making with sectoral interests. The financial secretary has failed to think through issues facing Hong Kong’s economy, education system and health sector.

The new budget is a hodgepodge of crowd-pleasing measures and deal-making with sectoral interests. The financial secretary has failed to think through issues facing Hong Kong’s economy, education system and health sector.

Budget misfire: Paul Chan is throwing billions at Hong Kong’s problems, but offering no real solutions
3 Mar 2019 - 11:18AM
Opinion | Amid the US-China trade war, Hong Kong should be selling the benefits of its special status to Washington

Local officials should stress what the US gains by granting Hong Kong special status - like two decades of trade surpluses - rather than giving them ideas on how to end it.

Local officials should stress what the US gains by granting Hong Kong special status - like two decades of trade surpluses - rather than giving them ideas on how to end it.

Amid the US-China trade war, Hong Kong should be selling the benefits of its special status to Washington
3 Feb 2019 - 3:31AM
Opinion | From trade war to a clash of civilisations: how China and the West can avoid major confrontation

China is a civilisational power for whom democracy is no easy fit, making its rivalry with the West hard to resolve. Beijing must do better at presenting its point of view while the West needs a better understanding of China’s eventful history.

China is a civilisational power for whom democracy is no easy fit, making its rivalry with the West hard to resolve. Beijing must do better at presenting its point of view while the West needs a better understanding of China’s eventful history.

From trade war to a clash of civilisations: how China and the West can avoid major confrontation
20 Jan 2019 - 2:57AM
Opinion | Why using Chinese tradition to oppose same-sex marriage in Hong Kong is misguided

The long history of the concubine system negates the argument that marriage in Chinese tradition is the union of ‘one man and one woman’. There are complex reasons behind the evolution of the Judeo-Christian concept of marriage that go beyond same-sex couples seeking equal rights.

The long history of the concubine system negates the argument that marriage in Chinese tradition is the union of ‘one man and one woman’. There are complex reasons behind the evolution of the Judeo-Christian concept of marriage that go beyond same-sex couples seeking equal rights.

Why using Chinese tradition to oppose same-sex marriage in Hong Kong is misguided
1 Dec 2018 - 7:37PM
Opinion | Hong Kong’s Chinese and Western influences must coexist if ‘one country, two systems’ is to work

Regina Ip says Hong Kong’s old balance of Chinese cultural traditions and Western values, like property rights and the rule of law, is coming apart due to anti-China zealots.

Regina Ip says Hong Kong’s old balance of Chinese cultural traditions and Western values, like property rights and the rule of law, is coming apart due to anti-China zealots.

Hong Kong’s Chinese and Western influences must coexist if ‘one country, two systems’ is to work
4 Nov 2018 - 4:09PM
Opinion | Does Carrie Lam support Hong Kong’s courts when they promote individual rights, or back Beijing?

Hong Kong’s chief executive needs to decide where she stands because an independent judiciary, upholding individual rights over national interests, will remain at odds with Beijing and its backers here.

Hong Kong’s chief executive needs to decide where she stands because an independent judiciary, upholding individual rights over national interests, will remain at odds with Beijing and its backers here.

Does Carrie Lam support Hong Kong’s courts when they promote individual rights, or back Beijing?
6 Oct 2018 - 9:32PM
Opinion | Singapore’s strong leadership leaves Hong Kong trailing in education, technology and the economy

The main reason Hong Kong’s fellow ‘little dragon’ has surpassed it is because Singapore’s leaders, starting with Lee Kuan Yew, have shown more interest in real long-term solutions.

The main reason Hong Kong’s fellow ‘little dragon’ has surpassed it is because Singapore’s leaders, starting with Lee Kuan Yew, have shown more interest in real long-term solutions.

Singapore’s strong leadership leaves Hong Kong trailing in education, technology and the economy
15 Sep 2018 - 9:14PM