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Editorial | Coronavirus response falls short of expectations

An outbreak of Covid-19 in a crowded neighbourhood has highlighted that the efficiency of mass testing and evacuation operations leaves much to be desired despite plenty of experience over the past year.

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An outbreak of Covid-19 in a crowded neighbourhood has highlighted that the efficiency of mass testing and evacuation operations leaves much to be desired despite plenty of experience over the past year.

Coronavirus response falls short of expectations
Editorial | Xi’s speech sets the tone that momentum and time is on China’s side

The president’s remarks to top leaders were seen as signalling resolve and readiness to seize opportunities presented by a changing global environment that could affect the world order.

5 hours ago

The president’s remarks to top leaders were seen as signalling resolve and readiness to seize opportunities presented by a changing global environment that could affect the world order.

Xi’s speech sets the tone that momentum and time is on China’s side
Editorial | New US leader must rethink Taiwan policy

It is still unclear what Joe Biden’s stance is towards the self-ruled island, but surely he must realise that his predecessor’s strategy breaks all the protocols.

15 Jan 2021 - 12:13AM

It is still unclear what Joe Biden’s stance is towards the self-ruled island, but surely he must realise that his predecessor’s strategy breaks all the protocols.

New US leader must rethink Taiwan policy
Editorial | All eyes are now on Joe Biden to fix Donald Trump’s Tracker Fund fiasco

Outgoing US president’s misguided attempt to rattle international investors – including those in Hong Kong – have been defeated for now.

14 Jan 2021 - 11:58PM

Outgoing US president’s misguided attempt to rattle international investors – including those in Hong Kong – have been defeated for now.

All eyes are now on Joe Biden to fix Donald Trump’s Tracker Fund fiasco
Editorial | Strike a balance on free speech online

There is a need for greater transparency and understanding of what is acceptable from place to place.

14 Jan 2021 - 6:11AM

There is a need for greater transparency and understanding of what is acceptable from place to place.

Strike a balance on free speech online
Editorial | Cautious optimism as Beijing presses ahead with ‘two sessions’

Beijing’s decision to proceed with the parliamentary sessions in March will be a litmus test of the country’s progress in containing Covid-19.

14 Jan 2021 - 5:48AM

Beijing’s decision to proceed with the parliamentary sessions in March will be a litmus test of the country’s progress in containing Covid-19.

Cautious optimism as Beijing presses ahead with ‘two sessions’
Editorial | A different way to mark the Lunar New Year

The Covid-19 pandemic has put paid to the way Chinese normally celebrate the Spring Festival, but with new technology many traditions can still be followed

12 Jan 2021 - 10:14PM

The Covid-19 pandemic has put paid to the way Chinese normally celebrate the Spring Festival, but with new technology many traditions can still be followed

A different way to mark the Lunar New Year
Editorial | Hong Kong’s new chief justice deserves society’s full support

With the judiciary facing fire on multiple fronts, Mr Justice Andrew Cheung Kui-nung has put accountability and reform near the top of his agenda

12 Jan 2021 - 10:14PM

With the judiciary facing fire on multiple fronts, Mr Justice Andrew Cheung Kui-nung has put accountability and reform near the top of his agenda

Hong Kong’s new chief justice deserves society’s full support
Editorial | Rules to beat virus hurting livelihoods

Safeguarding public health is important but more must be done to help those who have been hit hardest by closures of businesses and cancellations of festive events

11 Jan 2021 - 11:18PM

Safeguarding public health is important but more must be done to help those who have been hit hardest by closures of businesses and cancellations of festive events

Rules to beat virus hurting livelihoods
Editorial | Trading in China’s hog futures must be properly regulated

The idea sounds fine on paper as pork is essential to the diet of the Chinese people and to food security, but speculators must be kept at bay

11 Jan 2021 - 11:18PM

The idea sounds fine on paper as pork is essential to the diet of the Chinese people and to food security, but speculators must be kept at bay

Trading in China’s hog futures must be properly regulated
Editorial | Tech is the answer to meeting energy needs

China must look to science as it tries to reach its aim of being carbon neutral by 2060

10 Jan 2021 - 9:58PM

China must look to science as it tries to reach its aim of being carbon neutral by 2060

Tech is the answer to meeting energy needs
Editorial | Guard against abuse but also keep open access to information

The media, particularly investigative journalists, must be allowed to legally tap public databases without fear of facing arrest

10 Jan 2021 - 9:58PM

The media, particularly investigative journalists, must be allowed to legally tap public databases without fear of facing arrest

Guard against abuse but also keep open access to information
Editorial | Contact tracing command centre is long overdue

Experience in countries more successful than most in containing the coronavirus have demonstrated the effectiveness and importance of contact tracing. With expanded monitoring, the authorities hope to map the movements of possible carriers and uncover silent transmission

9 Jan 2021 - 11:51PM

Experience in countries more successful than most in containing the coronavirus have demonstrated the effectiveness and importance of contact tracing. With expanded monitoring, the authorities hope to map the movements of possible carriers and uncover silent transmission

Contact tracing command centre is long overdue
Editorial | Changing market for luxury brands can be an opportunity for Hong Kong

The realisation by luxury brands that the mainland Chinese market can now be easily tapped would seem like an unrecoverable loss for Hong Kong. But brands can now target long-ignored local customers and the city can encourage local designers so that Hong Kong can become a true trendsetter

9 Jan 2021 - 11:29PM

The realisation by luxury brands that the mainland Chinese market can now be easily tapped would seem like an unrecoverable loss for Hong Kong. But brands can now target long-ignored local customers and the city can encourage local designers so that Hong Kong can become a true trendsetter

Changing market for luxury brands can be an opportunity for Hong Kong
Editorial | Last-gasp US mission to Taiwan pointless

Visit by United Nations envoy days before Joe Biden becomes US president with his more pragmatic policymaking has angered Beijing, but is sure to do little else.

8 Jan 2021 - 10:00PM

Visit by United Nations envoy days before Joe Biden becomes US president with his more pragmatic policymaking has angered Beijing, but is sure to do little else.

Last-gasp US mission to Taiwan pointless
Editorial | Hong Kong stands to benefit from delisting action by Donald Trump against China firms

With only days to go before he steps down, the US president continues to hurt the interests of both Beijing and Washington, but the financial cloud may yet have a silver lining for Hong Kong.

8 Jan 2021 - 10:00PM

With only days to go before he steps down, the US president continues to hurt the interests of both Beijing and Washington, but the financial cloud may yet have a silver lining for Hong Kong.

Hong Kong stands to benefit from delisting action by Donald Trump against China firms
Editorial | Solid evidence must be presented when handling Hong Kong arrest cases

High-profile swoop on 53 opposition members suspected of breaking city’s national security law has caused concern, and officials should ensure matter is dealt with on a firm legal footing.

8 Jan 2021 - 1:56AM

High-profile swoop on 53 opposition members suspected of breaking city’s national security law has caused concern, and officials should ensure matter is dealt with on a firm legal footing.

Solid evidence must be presented when handling Hong Kong arrest cases
Editorial | Congress assault calls for US to search its soul

Disturbing scenes involving supporters of Donald Trump in a country that portrays itself as champion of democracy reflect danger of populism among those who feel marginalised.

8 Jan 2021 - 2:08AM

Disturbing scenes involving supporters of Donald Trump in a country that portrays itself as champion of democracy reflect danger of populism among those who feel marginalised.

Congress assault calls for US to search its soul
Editorial | Chief justice is right to question how best Hong Kong can reform judiciary

As the city’s top judge Geoffrey Ma Tao-li departs, his call regarding judicial independence and the rule of law must be heard.

6 Jan 2021 - 10:39PM

As the city’s top judge Geoffrey Ma Tao-li departs, his call regarding judicial independence and the rule of law must be heard.

Chief justice is right to question how best Hong Kong can reform judiciary
Editorial | Measures needed to ease Iran tensions

As Donald Trump steps up air and naval military activity in the Persian Gulf, US president-elect Joe Biden must reassure Tehran that he will rejoin nuclear deal and engage with its leaders.

6 Jan 2021 - 9:43PM

As Donald Trump steps up air and naval military activity in the Persian Gulf, US president-elect Joe Biden must reassure Tehran that he will rejoin nuclear deal and engage with its leaders.

Measures needed to ease Iran tensions
Editorial | Changes for better needed after Covid-19

Measures that have brought forward technology and new ways of thinking about health and well-being will still have to be embraced.

5 Jan 2021 - 9:38PM

Measures that have brought forward technology and new ways of thinking about health and well-being will still have to be embraced.

Changes for better needed after Covid-19
Editorial | Beijing acts smart as electric vehicle giants help drive innovation

Tesla, BMW and Daimler operations in China have spurred competition and raised standards among local firms that generous government subsidies failed to achieve.

5 Jan 2021 - 9:26PM

Tesla, BMW and Daimler operations in China have spurred competition and raised standards among local firms that generous government subsidies failed to achieve.

Beijing acts smart as electric vehicle giants help drive innovation
Editorial | Queen’s Pier pledge must be honoured

Part of Hong Kong’s heritage and collective memory has to be reassembled at Central harbourfront site as promised years ago by the now city leader

4 Jan 2021 - 11:44PM

Part of Hong Kong’s heritage and collective memory has to be reassembled at Central harbourfront site as promised years ago by the now city leader

Queen’s Pier pledge must be honoured
Social restrictions can only be relaxed when virus is under control
Editorial | Keep an open mind on medicinal marijuana

A multibillion-dollar industry is taking shape and governments and societies have a duty to be willing to change if research shows more pros than cons

3 Jan 2021 - 9:37PM

A multibillion-dollar industry is taking shape and governments and societies have a duty to be willing to change if research shows more pros than cons

Keep an open mind on medicinal marijuana
Editorial | Spare no effort to protect Hong Kong’s judicial independence

Threats against judges and magistrates cannot be tolerated, no matter which side of the political divide they come from

3 Jan 2021 - 9:37PM

Threats against judges and magistrates cannot be tolerated, no matter which side of the political divide they come from

Spare no effort to protect Hong Kong’s judicial independence
Editorial | New water deal is a step in the right direction

Hong Kong’s guaranteed supply of water from Guangdong province has resulted in excess and waste. The latest supply agreement will hopefully begin to change that.

3 Jan 2021 - 12:01AM

Hong Kong’s guaranteed supply of water from Guangdong province has resulted in excess and waste. The latest supply agreement will hopefully begin to change that.

New water deal is a step in the right direction
Editorial | Moving beyond Covid-19 means having faith in the approved vaccines

The haste to develop vaccines has made some people nervous about safety. But no pharmaceutical company would put its reputation and business at risk by prematurely releasing a vaccine without being confident in its safety or claimed efficacy rates.

2 Jan 2021 - 11:38PM

The haste to develop vaccines has made some people nervous about safety. But no pharmaceutical company would put its reputation and business at risk by prematurely releasing a vaccine without being confident in its safety or claimed efficacy rates.

Moving beyond Covid-19 means having faith in the approved vaccines
Editorial | Justice should have been seen to be done

The trial of 12 Hong Kong fugitives in a court may have divided opinion, but claims by relatives, diplomats and some members of the media that they were denied entry to the hearing underline the need for greater transparency.

1 Jan 2021 - 11:35PM

The trial of 12 Hong Kong fugitives in a court may have divided opinion, but claims by relatives, diplomats and some members of the media that they were denied entry to the hearing underline the need for greater transparency.

Justice should have been seen to be done
Editorial | Compromise to prove essential for China-EU investment agreement

The ambitious deal agreed in principle between the two great trading partners requires Beijing to address some sensitive issues at a time when the European bloc needs all the help it can get to rebuild its own economy.

1 Jan 2021 - 9:40PM

The ambitious deal agreed in principle between the two great trading partners requires Beijing to address some sensitive issues at a time when the European bloc needs all the help it can get to rebuild its own economy.

Compromise to prove essential for China-EU investment agreement