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Editorial | Election hopefuls have to live with political reality

Whether they like it or not, those with manifestos that are inconsistent with the city’s governing principle of ‘one country, two systems’ will not be allowed in public office

17 Jan 2020 - 8:34PM

Whether they like it or not, those with manifestos that are inconsistent with the city’s governing principle of ‘one country, two systems’ will not be allowed in public office

Election hopefuls have to live with political reality
Editorial | Vital that rule of law continues to endure in city torn by protest

The judiciary has come under fire for its decisions in cases from both sides of the political divide, but justice must still be administered without fear or favour

17 Jan 2020 - 8:24PM

The judiciary has come under fire for its decisions in cases from both sides of the political divide, but justice must still be administered without fear or favour

Vital that rule of law continues to endure in city torn by protest
Editorial | Phase one trade deal a political gain for China in long term

If the agreement is good news for Donald Trump’s voter base, it is even better for the country that will become the No 1 economic superpower within a decade or two

16 Jan 2020 - 10:53PM

If the agreement is good news for Donald Trump’s voter base, it is even better for the country that will become the No 1 economic superpower within a decade or two

Phase one trade deal a political gain for China in long term
Editorial | Future of Hong Kong does not lie with Taiwan

President Tsai Ing-wen may have won a second term on an anti-China platform, but the city must have healthy relations with Beijing and confrontation is not the way to go

16 Jan 2020 - 10:53PM

President Tsai Ing-wen may have won a second term on an anti-China platform, but the city must have healthy relations with Beijing and confrontation is not the way to go

Future of Hong Kong does not lie with Taiwan
Editorial | Sexual minorities in need of equal rights

Growing recognition of same-sex marriage in the city is reflected in the latest survey, and officials and conservative groups can no longer hide behind the myth of mainstream opposition

15 Jan 2020 - 9:35PM

Growing recognition of same-sex marriage in the city is reflected in the latest survey, and officials and conservative groups can no longer hide behind the myth of mainstream opposition

Sexual minorities in need of equal rights
Editorial | More than spending spree needed to break political impasse

If the latest HK$10 billion steps represent the new governance style promised by Carrie Lam, the public has every reason to be concerned

15 Jan 2020 - 9:35PM

If the latest HK$10 billion steps represent the new governance style promised by Carrie Lam, the public has every reason to be concerned

More than spending spree needed to break political impasse
Editorial | Welcome revision to fuzzy maths on China’s economic growth

Unless the numbers all add up on national GDP, Beijing will never be able to silence the doubters

14 Jan 2020 - 11:15PM

Unless the numbers all add up on national GDP, Beijing will never be able to silence the doubters

Welcome revision to fuzzy maths on China’s economic growth
Editorial | Tehran is digging a deeper hole for itself

The accidental downing of a Ukrainian commercial flight is only the latest in a long line of misjudgments made by Tehran and other stakeholders that threaten global security

14 Jan 2020 - 11:15PM

The accidental downing of a Ukrainian commercial flight is only the latest in a long line of misjudgments made by Tehran and other stakeholders that threaten global security

Tehran is digging a deeper hole for itself
Editorial | Politics is getting in the way of solving vital livelihood issues in Hong Kong

Sadly, the public suffers when important matters cannot be addressed; some give and take is badly needed to help end the impasse in the legislature.

14 Jan 2020 - 4:15AM

Sadly, the public suffers when important matters cannot be addressed; some give and take is badly needed to help end the impasse in the legislature.

Politics is getting in the way of solving vital livelihood issues in Hong Kong
Editorial | Good news about environment comes from unlikely place – China

The nation has quietly made strides in cleaning up its water and air in the capital, a rare bright spot amid the near-daily reports of climate damage around the world

14 Jan 2020 - 2:46PM

The nation has quietly made strides in cleaning up its water and air in the capital, a rare bright spot amid the near-daily reports of climate damage around the world

Good news about environment comes from unlikely place – China
Editorial | New episode in British royal family soap opera

Despite the queen’s concerns, a spin-off starring Harry and Meghan could turn out to be in everyone’s interests

12 Jan 2020 - 9:56PM

Despite the queen’s concerns, a spin-off starring Harry and Meghan could turn out to be in everyone’s interests

New episode in British royal family soap opera
Editorial | Tsai’s victory a big test for Beijing in resetting cross-strait relations

Just as in Hong Kong, winning the hearts and minds of young people on the island is critical for eventual reunification

12 Jan 2020 - 9:56PM

Just as in Hong Kong, winning the hearts and minds of young people on the island is critical for eventual reunification

Tsai’s victory a big test for Beijing in resetting cross-strait relations
Funding alone will not spark creativity
Editorial | Value of strong ties shows worth after sea face-off raised stakes

Good sense prevailed when Chinese ships moved away after sailing near Indonesia’s Natuna Islands, highlighting the need for dialogue in uncertain times

11 Jan 2020 - 10:09PM

Good sense prevailed when Chinese ships moved away after sailing near Indonesia’s Natuna Islands, highlighting the need for dialogue in uncertain times

Value of strong ties shows worth after sea face-off raised stakes
Editorial | Scientists must follow humane guidelines

The jailing of He Jiankui for bypassing ethical rules in an illegal gene-editing experiment should serve as a warning to others tempted to take lucrative route

10 Jan 2020 - 9:15PM

The jailing of He Jiankui for bypassing ethical rules in an illegal gene-editing experiment should serve as a warning to others tempted to take lucrative route

Scientists must follow humane guidelines
Editorial | Australian bush fires fuel need for serious look at energy future

As nation reels from disastrous blazes, polls show public is becoming increasingly concerned about climate change, but divided on how to achieve net zero emissions by 2050

10 Jan 2020 - 8:57PM

As nation reels from disastrous blazes, polls show public is becoming increasingly concerned about climate change, but divided on how to achieve net zero emissions by 2050

Australian bush fires fuel need for serious look at energy future
Editorial | Greater effort needed to tackle flats crisis

Recent moves by developers are welcome, but authorities must work harder to make affordable housing an attainable goal

10 Jan 2020 - 8:05AM

Recent moves by developers are welcome, but authorities must work harder to make affordable housing an attainable goal

Greater effort needed to tackle flats crisis
Editorial | China should ensure hospital staff receive greater protection

Although a new law recognises failings in the medical system, much more is needed before doctors and nurses can carry out their work in secure environments

10 Jan 2020 - 8:05AM

Although a new law recognises failings in the medical system, much more is needed before doctors and nurses can carry out their work in secure environments

China should ensure hospital staff receive greater protection
New hope as students return to universities damaged in Hong Kong protests

Security has been stepped up at places of learning that need to quickly recover so they can get back to the important business of teaching.

9 Jan 2020 - 11:18PM

Security has been stepped up at places of learning that need to quickly recover so they can get back to the important business of teaching.

New hope as students return to universities damaged in Hong Kong protests
Editorial | Diplomacy only way forward in Middle East

The conditions that took the United States and Iran to the brink of war remain as dangerous as ever, and dialogue is needed to resolve region’s challenges.

9 Jan 2020 - 11:04PM

The conditions that took the United States and Iran to the brink of war remain as dangerous as ever, and dialogue is needed to resolve region’s challenges.

Diplomacy only way forward in Middle East
Editorial | Cooperation essential for district councils to perform duties properly

Hundreds of newly elected pro-democracy councillors are set to snub a meeting with the city’s No 2 official, but engagement is always better than antagonism

8 Jan 2020 - 11:24PM

Hundreds of newly elected pro-democracy councillors are set to snub a meeting with the city’s No 2 official, but engagement is always better than antagonism

Cooperation essential for district councils to perform duties properly
Editorial | Keep options open on public housing sites

As well as looking at land set aside for expansion at loss-making Disneyland, the government should capitalise on brownfield areas to ease the housing crisis

8 Jan 2020 - 11:24PM

As well as looking at land set aside for expansion at loss-making Disneyland, the government should capitalise on brownfield areas to ease the housing crisis

Keep options open on public housing sites
Turn up the heat on climate change deniers

From Australia to Indonesia and Norway, it is clear that global warming is real and that it threatens lives and economies.

7 Jan 2020 - 10:59PM

From Australia to Indonesia and Norway, it is clear that global warming is real and that it threatens lives and economies.

Turn up the heat on climate change deniers
Editorial | Vigilance is only the first line of defence against mystery virus

Less than three weeks ahead of Lunar New Year festivities, transparency and a sense of urgency are critical – both on the mainland and in Hong Kong.

8 Jan 2020 - 1:07AM

Less than three weeks ahead of Lunar New Year festivities, transparency and a sense of urgency are critical – both on the mainland and in Hong Kong.

Vigilance is only the first line of defence against mystery virus
Editorial | Key principle for city remains after Beijing changes top envoy

With the arrival of Luo Huining, it is important that order and stability return and Hong Kong continues to enjoy its freedoms and high degree of autonomy under “one country, two systems” and the Basic Law

6 Jan 2020 - 10:36PM

With the arrival of Luo Huining, it is important that order and stability return and Hong Kong continues to enjoy its freedoms and high degree of autonomy under “one country, two systems” and the Basic Law

Key principle for city remains after Beijing changes top envoy
Editorial | War with Iran is the last thing world needs now

Assassination of top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani has made the world a more dangerous place

6 Jan 2020 - 10:36PM

Assassination of top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani has made the world a more dangerous place

War with Iran is the last thing world needs now
Editorial | The integrity of Hong Kong’s courts is under threat and must be protected

The spraying of graffiti at court entrances, including personal attacks against judges, is outrageous and an affront to the rule of law

5 Jan 2020 - 10:31PM

The spraying of graffiti at court entrances, including personal attacks against judges, is outrageous and an affront to the rule of law

The integrity of Hong Kong’s courts is under threat and must be protected
Editorial | Chinese science will march on despite obstacles

As the space programme proves, China’s scientists and engineers are only too willing and able to carry out their own research and development and are not daunted by setbacks

5 Jan 2020 - 10:31PM

As the space programme proves, China’s scientists and engineers are only too willing and able to carry out their own research and development and are not daunted by setbacks

Chinese science will march on despite obstacles
Editorial | Rural Chinese YouTube star is testament to soft power

Li Ziqi’s videos depicting her picturesque life in the Sichuan countryside have resonated with Western viewers, making her an ideal cultural ambassador

4 Jan 2020 - 10:41PM

Li Ziqi’s videos depicting her picturesque life in the Sichuan countryside have resonated with Western viewers, making her an ideal cultural ambassador

Rural Chinese YouTube star is testament to soft power
Editorial | Ghosn saga creates awkward questions for Japan

It remains unclear whether the alleged financial transgressions of the former Nissan boss are corporate governance issues or the business of criminal prosecutors. But a fair trial was never guaranteed

4 Jan 2020 - 10:41PM

It remains unclear whether the alleged financial transgressions of the former Nissan boss are corporate governance issues or the business of criminal prosecutors. But a fair trial was never guaranteed

Ghosn saga creates awkward questions for Japan