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 | The administration that changed Hong Kong forever

The violent protests over Carrie Lam’s ill-fated fugitive offenders bill, and Beijing’s subsequent strong measures to assert its overall jurisdiction have caused a sea change in Hong Kong. The next leader bears the twin responsibilities of safeguarding national security and reviving Hong Kong’s global linkages and dynamism.

The violent protests over Carrie Lam’s ill-fated fugitive offenders bill, and Beijing’s subsequent strong measures to assert its overall jurisdiction have caused a sea change in Hong Kong. The next leader bears the twin responsibilities of safeguarding national security and reviving Hong Kong’s global linkages and dynamism.

8 May 2022 - 7:45AM
Opinion | UK government reports on Hong Kong are nothing but a self-deluding charade and must stop

The British government sees fit to criticise the national security law even as it introduces a harsh new police bill at home. As for the Sino-British Joint Declaration, London itself has gone back on its agreement with Beijing that it would not grant BN(O) status to future generations

The British government sees fit to criticise the national security law even as it introduces a harsh new police bill at home. As for the Sino-British Joint Declaration, London itself has gone back on its agreement with Beijing that it would not grant BN(O) status to future generations

9 Apr 2022 - 9:15AM
Opinion | To beat Covid-19, Hong Kong must execute ‘dynamic zero infection’ strategy as intended

Even with mainland support, Hong Kong will struggle to bring coronavirus infections under control if it takes a half-hearted approach to “dynamic zero-Covid”. Reluctance to pursue more stringent measures for fear of backlash will only prolong the outbreak and put many more vulnerable lives at risk.

Even with mainland support, Hong Kong will struggle to bring coronavirus infections under control if it takes a half-hearted approach to “dynamic zero-Covid”. Reluctance to pursue more stringent measures for fear of backlash will only prolong the outbreak and put many more vulnerable lives at risk.

6 Mar 2022 - 8:30AM
Opinion | Hong Kong must wake up from its blind faith in ‘one man, one vote’ democracy

In its search for the best governance model, China has come to prize social stability as a prerequisite for the good life. Meanwhile, Hong Kong should open its eyes to evidence that democratic elections elsewhere have not delivered the good governance people crave.

In its search for the best governance model, China has come to prize social stability as a prerequisite for the good life. Meanwhile, Hong Kong should open its eyes to evidence that democratic elections elsewhere have not delivered the good governance people crave.

13 Feb 2022 - 9:45AM
Opinion | Watch how Hong Kong charts its own course on democracy

US-led criticism of Hong Kong’s Legco election should not be taken seriously when the sustainability of American’s own democratic system is in question.

US-led criticism of Hong Kong’s Legco election should not be taken seriously when the sustainability of American’s own democratic system is in question.

2 Jan 2022 - 9:15AM
Opinion | Northern Metropolis could be Hong Kong’s last chance to not ‘miss the boat’

The Northern Metropolis offers more promise than Lantau Tomorrow, which smacks of a Hong Kong-centric, inward-looking mindset. To seize this chance, the government needs a concrete plan and a new developmental approach to bypass complex planning regulations.

The Northern Metropolis offers more promise than Lantau Tomorrow, which smacks of a Hong Kong-centric, inward-looking mindset. To seize this chance, the government needs a concrete plan and a new developmental approach to bypass complex planning regulations.

20 Oct 2021 - 1:29AM
Opinion | How Hong Kong will forge its own future through the new Election Committee

The Election Committee subsector elections next Sunday will be a far cry from the 2016 polls, in terms of electorate size. But, under new rules made by Beijing, the revamped committee will ensure the right candidates are elected to govern Hong Kong.

The Election Committee subsector elections next Sunday will be a far cry from the 2016 polls, in terms of electorate size. But, under new rules made by Beijing, the revamped committee will ensure the right candidates are elected to govern Hong Kong.

12 Sep 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Hong Kong’s housing crisis is driven by lack of political will, not a land shortage

Hong Kong’s housing crisis has reached such a dire state that the government must stop dodging tough issues and put all options on the table. With the legislature now rid of filibustering democrats, there’s no better time for bold action.

Hong Kong’s housing crisis has reached such a dire state that the government must stop dodging tough issues and put all options on the table. With the legislature now rid of filibustering democrats, there’s no better time for bold action.

15 Aug 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | How China’s Communist Party centenary celebrations reflected the strength of its political model

China’s strength in mass mobilisation and organisation, which was on full display at the Communist Party’s centenary celebrations, is also apparent in its coronavirus response. It is a system that has deep historic roots and has delivered results for the people.

China’s strength in mass mobilisation and organisation, which was on full display at the Communist Party’s centenary celebrations, is also apparent in its coronavirus response. It is a system that has deep historic roots and has delivered results for the people.

11 Jul 2021 - 7:00AM
Opinion | Can Hong Kong’s government replicate the ‘Korean wave’? It’s unlikely

Former chief executive Leung Chun-ying has revived his proposal for a culture bureau. However, the government has a dismal track record of grooming new industries, with Hong Kong entertainment success stories having developed more organically.

Former chief executive Leung Chun-ying has revived his proposal for a culture bureau. However, the government has a dismal track record of grooming new industries, with Hong Kong entertainment success stories having developed more organically.

13 Jun 2021 - 9:15AM
Opinion | How will Hong Kong’s electoral system reform play out?

With power concentrated in the hands of a small number of gatekeepers, will there be meaningful competition in the chief executive election? Even if pro-democracy candidates can overcome the tough entry barriers, will any want to take part in legislative elections?

With power concentrated in the hands of a small number of gatekeepers, will there be meaningful competition in the chief executive election? Even if pro-democracy candidates can overcome the tough entry barriers, will any want to take part in legislative elections?

9 May 2021 - 9:12AM
Opinion | Hong Kong election reform: city is not beholden to the ways of broken Western democracies

Western criticism of the revamp should be dismissed as meaningless and empty. Worldwide electoral democracies are exhibiting serious flaws, and Hong Kong should not shudder at embracing new thinking.

Western criticism of the revamp should be dismissed as meaningless and empty. Worldwide electoral democracies are exhibiting serious flaws, and Hong Kong should not shudder at embracing new thinking.

4 Apr 2021 - 3:30AM
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

15 Sep 2019 - 9:54AM