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.
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 | 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

11 Aug 2019 - 8:39AM

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
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.

7 Jul 2019 - 7:07AM

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
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.

5 Jun 2019 - 5:58PM

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
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.

5 May 2019 - 9:30AM

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
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.

6 Apr 2019 - 6:47PM

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
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.

3 Mar 2019 - 11:18AM

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
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.

3 Feb 2019 - 3:31AM

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
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.

20 Jan 2019 - 2:57AM

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
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.

1 Dec 2018 - 7:37PM

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
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.

4 Nov 2018 - 4:09PM

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
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.

6 Oct 2018 - 9:32PM

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?
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.

15 Sep 2018 - 9:14PM

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
Hong Kong must not sacrifice the public interest in deals with landowners

While public-private partnerships have worked in the past to spur Hong Kong housing development, the circumstances were different. Any deals today with landowners must be 100 per cent transparent, with every sum scrutinised.

25 Aug 2018 - 5:45PM

While public-private partnerships have worked in the past to spur Hong Kong housing development, the circumstances were different. Any deals today with landowners must be 100 per cent transparent, with every sum scrutinised.

Hong Kong must not sacrifice the public interest in deals with landowners
Opinion | Why Hong Kong is no Singapore when it comes to housing and will struggle to catch up

In contrast to Singapore’s bold commitment to a home-owning society, Hong Kong’s leadership has dithered over the years on housing policy. As a result, it simply does not have enough land to build the ladder of property ownership that Carrie Lam seeks.

28 Jul 2018 - 5:01PM

In contrast to Singapore’s bold commitment to a home-owning society, Hong Kong’s leadership has dithered over the years on housing policy. As a result, it simply does not have enough land to build the ladder of property ownership that Carrie Lam seeks.

Why Hong Kong is no Singapore when it comes to housing and will struggle to catch up
Land supply consultation is just a charade – the Hong Kong government plans to cut a deal with developers

The government plans to let developers build expensive housing in the New Territories, and will seek to pacify the public by sacrificing golf course land and implementing a vacancy tax. The scheme, however, may just inflate prices and worsen inequality.

23 Jun 2018 - 6:51PM

The government plans to let developers build expensive housing in the New Territories, and will seek to pacify the public by sacrificing golf course land and implementing a vacancy tax. The scheme, however, may just inflate prices and worsen inequality.

Land supply consultation is just a charade – the Hong Kong government plans to cut a deal with developers
Why Hong Kong should celebrate the breakthrough in science funding from the mainland

Xi Jinping’s pledge to help Hong Kong become an innovation hub will not only bring in much-needed research funding but will also enable Hong Kong scientists to participate in national research projects

2 Jun 2018 - 7:48PM

Xi Jinping’s pledge to help Hong Kong become an innovation hub will not only bring in much-needed research funding but will also enable Hong Kong scientists to participate in national research projects

Why Hong Kong should celebrate the breakthrough in science funding from the mainland
Mother-tongue language policy: how Hong Kong failed where Singapore succeeded

The effectiveness of Singapore’s bilingual education should be credited to Lee Kuan Yew’s foresight and sound policies, which Hong Kong – now caught in a row over the status of Cantonese language – sorely needs.

19 May 2018 - 7:39PM

The effectiveness of Singapore’s bilingual education should be credited to Lee Kuan Yew’s foresight and sound policies, which Hong Kong – now caught in a row over the status of Cantonese language – sorely needs.

Mother-tongue language policy: how Hong Kong failed where Singapore succeeded
Greater Bay Area could be Hong Kong’s ticket onto the tech innovation train

Given Hong Kong’s limitations, the government’s attempts to spark innovation will only bear fruit if the city can capitalise on cross-border collaboration.

29 Apr 2018 - 10:13AM

Given Hong Kong’s limitations, the government’s attempts to spark innovation will only bear fruit if the city can capitalise on cross-border collaboration.

Greater Bay Area could be Hong Kong’s ticket onto the tech innovation train
Hongkongers see homeownership as an investment. This has to stop

Hong Kong must address the four factors of supply, demand, liquidity and expectations that are causing the lack of affordable housing in the city. The task force on land supply is moving in the right direction by exploring all possibilities.

7 Apr 2018 - 7:03PM

Hong Kong must address the four factors of supply, demand, liquidity and expectations that are causing the lack of affordable housing in the city. The task force on land supply is moving in the right direction by exploring all possibilities.

Hongkongers see homeownership as an investment. This has to stop
Hong Kong pan-democrats’ by-election losses show the politics of anger is losing its lustre

The pan-democrat camp’s poor showing at last Sunday’s by-election indicates that voters are more concerned with livelihood issues than political fantasies.

17 Mar 2018 - 7:28PM

The pan-democrat camp’s poor showing at last Sunday’s by-election indicates that voters are more concerned with livelihood issues than political fantasies.

Hong Kong pan-democrats’ by-election losses show the politics of anger is losing its lustre
Hong Kong’s leaders should tell its youth that the future lies in embracing the mainland

The frustration of Hong Kong’s youth is easy to understand – they face harder conditions than their parents did. The answer, though, is to embrace connectivity with the mainland, rather than to resent mainlanders for their success.

24 Feb 2018 - 7:07PM

The frustration of Hong Kong’s youth is easy to understand – they face harder conditions than their parents did. The answer, though, is to embrace connectivity with the mainland, rather than to resent mainlanders for their success.

Hong Kong’s leaders should tell its youth that the future lies in embracing the mainland
Hong Kong’s election ban may be legal, but the controversy will rumble on

There’s no escaping the tricky questions about the specifics of such a ban. It’s one consequence of Hong Kong’s difficult balancing act of upholding its separate system against China’s constitutional authority.

3 Feb 2018 - 8:32PM

There’s no escaping the tricky questions about the specifics of such a ban. It’s one consequence of Hong Kong’s difficult balancing act of upholding its separate system against China’s constitutional authority.

Hong Kong’s election ban may be legal, but the controversy will rumble on
Hong Kong housing policy should focus on those living in the poorest conditions

Given our sky-high property prices and the critical lack of land supply, the government is in no position to try to build a housing ladder. Instead, it must focus first on helping those with the greatest need

13 Jan 2018 - 7:09PM

Given our sky-high property prices and the critical lack of land supply, the government is in no position to try to build a housing ladder. Instead, it must focus first on helping those with the greatest need

Hong Kong housing policy should focus on those living in the poorest conditions
Can Hong Kong tame Link Reit’s greed for profit at the expense of public housing residents?

Asia’s largest real estate investment trust should not be allowed to ignore its social responsibility to ensure that price and rental increases at neighbourhood facilities remain reasonable.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Asia’s largest real estate investment trust should not be allowed to ignore its social responsibility to ensure that price and rental increases at neighbourhood facilities remain reasonable.

Can Hong Kong tame Link Reit’s greed for profit at the expense of public housing residents?
Hong Kong’s lost youth need help to see themselves in China’s future

The generations born of a hybrid East-West culture now suffer an identity crisis that cannot be solved by simply mandating respect for the nation by law

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The generations born of a hybrid East-West culture now suffer an identity crisis that cannot be solved by simply mandating respect for the nation by law

Hong Kong’s lost youth need help to see themselves in China’s future
In Hong Kong, a genuine love for the nation cannot be forced – but it can be nurtured

Patient nation-building efforts are needed that acknowledge diversity and focus on the shared values that will bind Hongkongers closer to mainland Chinese.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Patient nation-building efforts are needed that acknowledge diversity and focus on the shared values that will bind Hongkongers closer to mainland Chinese.

In Hong Kong, a genuine love for the nation cannot be forced – but it can be nurtured
Can a government push for home ownership ease Hong Kong’s housing shortage?

The latest policy measures may well reduce waiting time for public rental flats. Unfortunately, they will also create massive new demand for private housing, at a time when prices are already sky-high

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The latest policy measures may well reduce waiting time for public rental flats. Unfortunately, they will also create massive new demand for private housing, at a time when prices are already sky-high

Can a government push for home ownership ease Hong Kong’s housing shortage?
Independence banners at Hong Kong universities one more sign China is losing the battle to win over city’s youth

Neither subsidies nor outright suppression of radical speech appears an effective tactic to turn the tide of young Hongkongers’ drift away from connecting with mainland China

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Neither subsidies nor outright suppression of radical speech appears an effective tactic to turn the tide of young Hongkongers’ drift away from connecting with mainland China

Independence banners at Hong Kong universities one more sign China is losing the battle to win over city’s youth
Jailing of Hong Kong student leaders marks the end of Carrie Lam’s honeymoon with the opposition

Regina Ip says the new chief executive’s more conciliatory style of governance will come up short when the legislature resumes business in October

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Regina Ip says the new chief executive’s more conciliatory style of governance will come up short when the legislature resumes business in October

Jailing of Hong Kong student leaders marks the end of Carrie Lam’s honeymoon with the opposition
Will Carrie Lam’s education subsidies improve the careers of Hong Kong students?