SCMP Editorial

Editorials represent the views of the South China Morning Post on the issues of the day.
SCMP Editorial
Editorials represent the views of the South China Morning Post on the issues of the day.

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Editorial | City’s housing needs must not be forgotten

The row of the extradition bill may be the focus of public attention, but amid the uproar the government still has to address livelihood issues and the shortage of flats

17 Jun 2019 - 10:06PM

The row of the extradition bill may be the focus of public attention, but amid the uproar the government still has to address livelihood issues and the shortage of flats

City’s housing needs must not be forgotten
Editorial | Carrie Lam must exercise political wisdom and convince public of sincerity

Hong Kong’s leader has admitted government deficiencies in its handling of the extradition bill and now she has to act to restore calm and stability

17 Jun 2019 - 10:06PM

Hong Kong’s leader has admitted government deficiencies in its handling of the extradition bill and now she has to act to restore calm and stability

Carrie Lam must exercise political wisdom and convince public of sincerity
Editorial | US and Iran must talk – directly or indirectly

With escalated tensions following the latest attack on oil tankers, there is every reason to heighten efforts for dialogue

16 Jun 2019 - 9:30PM

With escalated tensions following the latest attack on oil tankers, there is every reason to heighten efforts for dialogue

US and Iran must talk – directly or indirectly
Editorial | Hong Kong courts deliver justice with compassion

It is important that no one gets more or less than they deserve because of political background or status

16 Jun 2019 - 9:30PM

It is important that no one gets more or less than they deserve because of political background or status

Hong Kong courts deliver justice with compassion
Urban farming plants seed of sustainability

The benefits of healthier produce and the social and economic impact are such that more people should embrace the practice.

16 Jun 2019 - 1:54AM

The benefits of healthier produce and the social and economic impact are such that more people should embrace the practice.

Urban farming plants seed of sustainability
Editorial | Decision to suspend extradition bill is a belated but right step forward

The move is expected to take some heat out of the raging crisis and hopefully help restore much-needed calm and stability to Hong Kong society

16 Jun 2019 - 12:09AM

The move is expected to take some heat out of the raging crisis and hopefully help restore much-needed calm and stability to Hong Kong society

Decision to suspend extradition bill is a belated but right step forward
Editorial | Register would help cardiac arrest survival

With a low survival rate for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in Hong Kong, any step that would lead to an improvement is a good public investment.

15 Jun 2019 - 4:31AM

With a low survival rate for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in Hong Kong, any step that would lead to an improvement is a good public investment.

Register would help cardiac arrest survival
Editorial | The Hong Kong government must do whatever it can to placate extradition row

The city cannot afford more chaos and confrontation, and the priority must be to restore social stability and confidence in our business environment.

15 Jun 2019 - 3:00AM

The city cannot afford more chaos and confrontation, and the priority must be to restore social stability and confidence in our business environment.

The Hong Kong government must do whatever it can to placate extradition row
Editorial | Prayuth’s priority must be to rebuild Thailand

Compromise and deal-making are unfamiliar territory for the prime minister, but he has no choice if he wants to be seen to govern fairly

13 Jun 2019 - 11:01PM

Compromise and deal-making are unfamiliar territory for the prime minister, but he has no choice if he wants to be seen to govern fairly

Prayuth’s priority must be to rebuild Thailand
Editorial | Coordinated effort needed to shore up global economy

The US-China trade war and uncertainty surrounding Brexit demand that nations come up with a circuit breaker to arrest the slide towards recession

13 Jun 2019 - 8:30PM

The US-China trade war and uncertainty surrounding Brexit demand that nations come up with a circuit breaker to arrest the slide towards recession

Coordinated effort needed to shore up global economy
Editorial | China must push on with its 5G roll-out

In midst of trade and tech war being waged by the United States, Beijing should confront challenges head on and continue to make huge technological strides.

13 Jun 2019 - 4:54AM

In midst of trade and tech war being waged by the United States, Beijing should confront challenges head on and continue to make huge technological strides.

China must push on with its 5G roll-out
Editorial | Hong Kong’s crisis needs to be defused as chaos and economic woe loom

The spectre of Occupy returned as police and crowds of protesters clashed over the extradition bill, escalating tensions and making a peaceful outcome even more elusive.

13 Jun 2019 - 4:27AM

The spectre of Occupy returned as police and crowds of protesters clashed over the extradition bill, escalating tensions and making a peaceful outcome even more elusive.

Hong Kong’s crisis needs to be defused as chaos and economic woe loom
Editorial | Safety must come first at public swimming pools

Coroner’s recommendations regarding lifeguards following the death of a swimmer should be acted on without delay, even if they involve further spending

11 Jun 2019 - 10:34PM

Coroner’s recommendations regarding lifeguards following the death of a swimmer should be acted on without delay, even if they involve further spending

Safety must come first at public swimming pools
Editorial | Vulnerability of housing market calls for extra vigilance

Amid uncertainty over US interest rates and White House economic policies, the city with the world’s most unaffordable homes must remain aware of the threat of negative equity and social hardship

11 Jun 2019 - 10:34PM

Amid uncertainty over US interest rates and White House economic policies, the city with the world’s most unaffordable homes must remain aware of the threat of negative equity and social hardship

Vulnerability of housing market calls for extra vigilance
Editorial | Protest shows government must work harder to convince public

Following Sunday’s huge turnout against the proposed extradition law, the city’s leader would be wise to reconsider forcing it through and angering people further.

10 Jun 2019 - 11:48PM

Following Sunday’s huge turnout against the proposed extradition law, the city’s leader would be wise to reconsider forcing it through and angering people further.

Protest shows government must work harder to convince public
Editorial | Infrastructure projects must bring benefits, not rivalry

Deal between Sri Lanka, Japan and India to jointly develop Colombo container port should not be seen as competitor to Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative, but viewed as complementing it.

10 Jun 2019 - 11:18PM

Deal between Sri Lanka, Japan and India to jointly develop Colombo container port should not be seen as competitor to Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative, but viewed as complementing it.

Infrastructure projects must bring benefits, not rivalry
Plight of banyan trees is a blot on Hong Kong

It is a reminder that if rules to safeguard heritage are to be meaningful, there must be effective policing and enforcement.

10 Jun 2019 - 1:37AM

It is a reminder that if rules to safeguard heritage are to be meaningful, there must be effective policing and enforcement.

Plight of banyan trees is a blot on Hong Kong
A coordinated global response is needed to defend multilateralism

The world is moving towards a common position against the protectionist onslaught of the Trump administration.

10 Jun 2019 - 12:35AM

The world is moving towards a common position against the protectionist onslaught of the Trump administration.

A coordinated global response is needed to defend multilateralism
Countries should accept China’s rise
Editorial | Cowardly petrol bomb attacks on city’s police must be condemned

These brazen acts are a direct challenge to the forces of law and order and those responsible pose a threat to Hong Kong’s peaceful way of life

8 Jun 2019 - 11:23PM

These brazen acts are a direct challenge to the forces of law and order and those responsible pose a threat to Hong Kong’s peaceful way of life

Cowardly petrol bomb attacks on city’s police must be condemned
Editorial | China must heed Xi’s call on tackling waste

President stresses key to garbage sorting lies in nurturing good habits, scientific management and a long-term disposal mechanism.

7 Jun 2019 - 9:20PM

President stresses key to garbage sorting lies in nurturing good habits, scientific management and a long-term disposal mechanism.

China must heed Xi’s call on tackling waste
Editorial | US on slippery slope as Mexico tariffs show Trump is no deal maker

Already in a trade war with China, the US president has set a dangerous precedent by the mixing of levies with foreign policy issues against his southern neighbour.

7 Jun 2019 - 9:04PM

Already in a trade war with China, the US president has set a dangerous precedent by the mixing of levies with foreign policy issues against his southern neighbour.

US on slippery slope as Mexico tariffs show Trump is no deal maker
Editorial | Gay marriage a matter for society, not courts

As a senior immigration officer wins his legal battle over spousal benefits for his husband and their right to file a joint tax assessment, Hong Kong must reflect on where it goes from here

6 Jun 2019 - 10:36PM

As a senior immigration officer wins his legal battle over spousal benefits for his husband and their right to file a joint tax assessment, Hong Kong must reflect on where it goes from here

Gay marriage a matter for society, not courts
Editorial | Stronger ties between China and Russia must not leave others out in cold

As two leaders take their nations’ relations to new heights amid damaging US policies, they will also have to ensure good relations with Asia, Europe and beyond

6 Jun 2019 - 10:36PM

As two leaders take their nations’ relations to new heights amid damaging US policies, they will also have to ensure good relations with Asia, Europe and beyond

Stronger ties between China and Russia must not leave others out in cold
Editorial | Cool heads needed as China and US face-off hurts firms even more

Investigation into why FedEx diverted confidential Huawei documents comes as Beijing is draws up its own ‘unreliable entity list’.

5 Jun 2019 - 11:16PM

Investigation into why FedEx diverted confidential Huawei documents comes as Beijing is draws up its own ‘unreliable entity list’.

Cool heads needed as China and US face-off hurts firms even more
Editorial | Tiananmen vigil message wins in numbers game

The discrepancy in attendance figures provided by organisers of the annual memorial and police is nothing new.

5 Jun 2019 - 11:16PM

The discrepancy in attendance figures provided by organisers of the annual memorial and police is nothing new.

Tiananmen vigil message wins in numbers game
Editorial | Shangri-La Dialogue shows China and US can get priorities right

Talks in Singapore between the two sides as trade and tech wars rage were deemed to be ‘constructive’

4 Jun 2019 - 9:30PM

Talks in Singapore between the two sides as trade and tech wars rage were deemed to be ‘constructive’

Shangri-La Dialogue shows China and US can get priorities right
Editorial | Victory for LGBT community reflects need to update laws

Failure to repeal or amend discriminatory offences since the 1997 handover is believed to have led to the prosecution, conviction and sentencing of homosexuals up to as recently as last year

4 Jun 2019 - 9:30PM

Failure to repeal or amend discriminatory offences since the 1997 handover is believed to have led to the prosecution, conviction and sentencing of homosexuals up to as recently as last year

Victory for LGBT community reflects need to update laws
Editorial | There is every reason why Beijing must revisit its Tiananmen Square verdict

In failing to recognise the patriotism of the pro-democracy student movement of 1989, China has still not emerged fully from this dark chapter in its history.

5 Jun 2019 - 3:44AM

In failing to recognise the patriotism of the pro-democracy student movement of 1989, China has still not emerged fully from this dark chapter in its history.

There is every reason why Beijing must revisit its Tiananmen Square verdict
Editorial | Be flexible on help for low-income families

Households in subdivided flats are to be offered subsidies to improve their living environment, but the government should not be rigid over what the money is spent on or when

2 Jun 2019 - 11:05PM

Households in subdivided flats are to be offered subsidies to improve their living environment, but the government should not be rigid over what the money is spent on or when

Be flexible on help for low-income families