SCMP Editorial

SCMP Editorial

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Editorial | China needs to spend more on basic science

The amount spent by the mainland as a percentage of GDP lags far behind the US and other developed countries

14 Dec 2019 - 11:13PM

The amount spent by the mainland as a percentage of GDP lags far behind the US and other developed countries

China needs to spend more on basic science
Editorial | Pragmatism from both sides a positive sign in the trade war

The ‘phase one’ deal is far from solving all the issues on the table, but given that such a move seemed improbable not so long ago, it is a significant achievement

14 Dec 2019 - 11:02PM

The ‘phase one’ deal is far from solving all the issues on the table, but given that such a move seemed improbable not so long ago, it is a significant achievement

Pragmatism from both sides a positive sign in the trade war
Triumphant Boris Johnson must now deliver on all those promises

Following his landslide general election victory, Britain’s ‘one nation’ leader has to push ahead with complex Brexit talks and find the money for investment in health services, education and infrastructure.

14 Dec 2019 - 1:02AM

Following his landslide general election victory, Britain’s ‘one nation’ leader has to push ahead with complex Brexit talks and find the money for investment in health services, education and infrastructure.

Triumphant Boris Johnson must now deliver on all those promises
Crime fighters must follow snooping law

Operations that flout the rules continue to rise, and authorities should redouble their efforts to ensure those involved understand and comply with the boundaries of an intrusive arm of enforcement.

14 Dec 2019 - 12:51AM

Operations that flout the rules continue to rise, and authorities should redouble their efforts to ensure those involved understand and comply with the boundaries of an intrusive arm of enforcement.

Crime fighters must follow snooping law
Editorial | A truly independent inquiry into police conduct is best way forward

Abrupt departure of overseas experts from the panel currently examining complaints underlines the need to set up a commission with real powers.

12 Dec 2019 - 10:49PM

Abrupt departure of overseas experts from the panel currently examining complaints underlines the need to set up a commission with real powers.

A truly independent inquiry into police conduct is best way forward
Editorial | Adventure tourism should not put lives at risk

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is right to question why visitors were allowed on White Island after warnings were issued that volcano could erupt.

12 Dec 2019 - 10:49PM

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is right to question why visitors were allowed on White Island after warnings were issued that volcano could erupt.

Adventure tourism should not put lives at risk
Editorial | Nato needs to find its own way free of any manipulation by US

With the cold war over and the Soviet Union no more, the 29-member self-defence organisation has, under pressure from Donald Trump, wrongly turned its attention to China

11 Dec 2019 - 10:28PM

With the cold war over and the Soviet Union no more, the 29-member self-defence organisation has, under pressure from Donald Trump, wrongly turned its attention to China

Nato needs to find its own way free of any manipulation by US
Editorial | AmCham entry bar to Macau serves as reminder

Fallout of US human rights law on Hong Kong may have claimed top officials of American chamber who were unable to attend its annual ball in the casino city

11 Dec 2019 - 10:28PM

Fallout of US human rights law on Hong Kong may have claimed top officials of American chamber who were unable to attend its annual ball in the casino city

AmCham entry bar to Macau serves as reminder
Editorial | Legco must put its house in order

Lawmakers are allowing partisan politics to get in the way of passing important bills, including one that would increase maternity leave

10 Dec 2019 - 10:58PM

Lawmakers are allowing partisan politics to get in the way of passing important bills, including one that would increase maternity leave

Legco must put its house in order
Editorial | More foreign talent can only benefit twin China growth engines

Greater Bay Area and Yangtze River Delta projects will reap rewards as Beijing slashes red tape for those from abroad seeking work visas and residency

10 Dec 2019 - 10:58PM

Greater Bay Area and Yangtze River Delta projects will reap rewards as Beijing slashes red tape for those from abroad seeking work visas and residency

More foreign talent can only benefit twin China growth engines
Editorial | Denying the efficacy of vaccines invites disaster

As the South Pacific nation of Samoa has found to its cost, prevention of infectious diseases such as measles is better than cure

9 Dec 2019 - 11:11PM

As the South Pacific nation of Samoa has found to its cost, prevention of infectious diseases such as measles is better than cure

Denying the efficacy of vaccines invites disaster
Editorial | Carrie Lam under pressure to come up with answers as Beijing visit looms

The high turnout at Sunday’s largely peaceful march shows protesters remain strong in their demands and the response of the city leader so far has fallen short of expectations

9 Dec 2019 - 11:11PM

The high turnout at Sunday’s largely peaceful march shows protesters remain strong in their demands and the response of the city leader so far has fallen short of expectations

Carrie Lam under pressure to come up with answers as Beijing visit looms
Editorial | Act now before city falls further behind

Hong Kong cannot hope to rival Shenzhen when it comes to nurturing start-ups, but the government can do more to encourage them

8 Dec 2019 - 10:03PM

Hong Kong cannot hope to rival Shenzhen when it comes to nurturing start-ups, but the government can do more to encourage them

Act now before city falls further behind
Editorial | American isolationism is drawing China and Russia closer together

An 8,000km cross-border gas pipeline project is but one example of nations looking beyond the US to shore up multilateralism and cooperation

10 Dec 2019 - 10:30PM

An 8,000km cross-border gas pipeline project is but one example of nations looking beyond the US to shore up multilateralism and cooperation

American isolationism is drawing China and Russia closer together
Editorial | Hong Kong’s animal control policy can be better carried out

From monkeys to stray cats and dogs, the government’s response to trapping and sterilisation is neither efficient nor consistent

7 Dec 2019 - 11:01PM

From monkeys to stray cats and dogs, the government’s response to trapping and sterilisation is neither efficient nor consistent

Hong Kong’s animal control policy can be better carried out
Editorial | Trump strategy of targeting Chinese tech firms only hurts America

The White House is trying to push mainland firms out of the global market, but the victims of this tactic are ultimately US companies

7 Dec 2019 - 10:44PM

The White House is trying to push mainland firms out of the global market, but the victims of this tactic are ultimately US companies

Trump strategy of targeting Chinese tech firms only hurts America
Editorial | More to education than survey results

Spoon-fed learning, forced memorisation and mechanical drilling may be just why 52 per cent of students said they were satisfied with their lives

6 Dec 2019 - 9:44PM

Spoon-fed learning, forced memorisation and mechanical drilling may be just why 52 per cent of students said they were satisfied with their lives

More to education than survey results
Editorial | City is no Macau, yet it must get balance right with Beijing

The former Portuguese enclave has once again been praised as a better model of ‘one country, two systems’, and this will continue until Hong Kong and the central government foster mutual trust and engagement

6 Dec 2019 - 9:36PM

The former Portuguese enclave has once again been praised as a better model of ‘one country, two systems’, and this will continue until Hong Kong and the central government foster mutual trust and engagement

City is no Macau, yet it must get balance right with Beijing
Editorial | Relief measures are welcome, but they can only go so far

Financial pressures on those suffering amid the turmoil will only be truly eased by mobilising the city’s huge reserves and finding a political solution

5 Dec 2019 - 9:48PM

Financial pressures on those suffering amid the turmoil will only be truly eased by mobilising the city’s huge reserves and finding a political solution

Relief measures are welcome, but they can only go so far
Editorial | More exercise, less screen time needed for children

Handheld devices are surely partly to blame as a global study reveals that four in five youngsters fail to spend the recommended hour on outdoor activities and expose themselves to health risks

5 Dec 2019 - 9:48PM

Handheld devices are surely partly to blame as a global study reveals that four in five youngsters fail to spend the recommended hour on outdoor activities and expose themselves to health risks

More exercise, less screen time needed for children
Editorial | District council poll winners must show results

With all but one of the 18 local bodies now under their control, pan-democrats have to go beyond politics and improve people’s livelihoods

4 Dec 2019 - 11:13PM

With all but one of the 18 local bodies now under their control, pan-democrats have to go beyond politics and improve people’s livelihoods

District council poll winners must show results
Editorial | Legal process should be allowed to take its course in Meng Wanzhou case

As the Huawei heiress marks one year since being detained at Vancouver airport, a Canadian court is still to decide whether she can expect a fair trial if extradited to the United States

4 Dec 2019 - 11:13PM

As the Huawei heiress marks one year since being detained at Vancouver airport, a Canadian court is still to decide whether she can expect a fair trial if extradited to the United States

Legal process should be allowed to take its course in Meng Wanzhou case
Editorial | Health fears over use of tear gas by police must be confronted

Thousands of rounds have been fired in clashes with protesters and people are worried; the time has come for authorities to examine the risks involved

3 Dec 2019 - 10:52PM

Thousands of rounds have been fired in clashes with protesters and people are worried; the time has come for authorities to examine the risks involved

Health fears over use of tear gas by police must be confronted
Editorial | London terror attack highlights challenges

Recovery of seriously radicalised people is a complex issue that cannot be resolved so easily, especially when there are serious shortfalls in funding

3 Dec 2019 - 10:52PM

Recovery of seriously radicalised people is a complex issue that cannot be resolved so easily, especially when there are serious shortfalls in funding

London terror attack highlights challenges
Editorial | Big business still has faith in Hong Kong

Despite anti-government protests, Sun Hung Kai Properties has paid a record HK$42.23 billion for a plot of land and tech giant Alibaba has listed on the local stock exchange

2 Dec 2019 - 11:21PM

Despite anti-government protests, Sun Hung Kai Properties has paid a record HK$42.23 billion for a plot of land and tech giant Alibaba has listed on the local stock exchange

Big business still has faith in Hong Kong
Editorial | China case shows Carrie Lam how swift action eases public tensions

Violence will get Hong Kong radicals nowhere and it is up to the city’s leader to listen to the people and address their aspirations, just like Guangdong authorities did in a row over a crematorium

2 Dec 2019 - 11:21PM

Violence will get Hong Kong radicals nowhere and it is up to the city’s leader to listen to the people and address their aspirations, just like Guangdong authorities did in a row over a crematorium

China case shows Carrie Lam how swift action eases public tensions
Editorial | Transparency can cure weaknesses in public health care system

Investment in staff resources and training are also vital if Hong Kong is to continue providing universal affordable care

1 Dec 2019 - 11:07PM

Investment in staff resources and training are also vital if Hong Kong is to continue providing universal affordable care

Transparency can cure weaknesses in public health care system
Editorial | The race is on to reign supreme in quantum computing

China, the United States and the European Union are pulling out all the stops to master a technology that will not only transform computers, but also the world as we know it now

1 Dec 2019 - 11:07PM

China, the United States and the European Union are pulling out all the stops to master a technology that will not only transform computers, but also the world as we know it now

The race is on to reign supreme in quantum computing
Editorial | Fund aims to help Africa forge ahead

The Netpreneur Prize will hopefully increase awareness among Chinese entrepreneurs of the need for philanthropic investment in developing countries, especially in Africa

1 Dec 2019 - 1:41AM

The Netpreneur Prize will hopefully increase awareness among Chinese entrepreneurs of the need for philanthropic investment in developing countries, especially in Africa

Fund aims to help Africa forge ahead
Editorial | World needs united commitment to reducing carbon emissions

The planet cannot afford for such a goal to be undermined by conspiracy theories, anti-science mindsets or short-sighted political or economic expedience

30 Nov 2019 - 11:19PM

The planet cannot afford for such a goal to be undermined by conspiracy theories, anti-science mindsets or short-sighted political or economic expedience

World needs united commitment to reducing carbon emissions