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Editorial | Measured approach needed to bring back travel

It is too early to tell when tourism can be fully resumed. But now that the vaccination programme has started, a gradual decline in infections will pave the way for relaxation of restrictions.

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It is too early to tell when tourism can be fully resumed. But now that the vaccination programme has started, a gradual decline in infections will pave the way for relaxation of restrictions.

Measured approach needed to bring back travel
Editorial | HSBC expansion in Hong Kong will give city a much-needed boost

Some financial groups are said to be considering relocating head offices from Hong Kong to other Asian cities. So the expected relocation of three top HSBC executives from London will come at just the right time.

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Some financial groups are said to be considering relocating head offices from Hong Kong to other Asian cities. So the expected relocation of three top HSBC executives from London will come at just the right time.

HSBC expansion in Hong Kong will give city a much-needed boost
Editorial | Now is the time for a total ban on corporal punishment of children

While the mainland outlawed corporal punishment in 1986, it remains widespread, particularly in rural areas. A new family education law banning the practice is on the agenda and if successful, will bring substantial changes to China’s parenting style

27 Feb 2021 - 11:34PM

While the mainland outlawed corporal punishment in 1986, it remains widespread, particularly in rural areas. A new family education law banning the practice is on the agenda and if successful, will bring substantial changes to China’s parenting style

Now is the time for a total ban on corporal punishment of children
Editorial | Implement the waste charge before building a second incinerator

With the previous incinerator project delayed to 2024, the proposal of another facility to replace landfills seems overly ambitious, while an early introduction of the waste charge will at least bring Hong Kong closer to becoming a green city

27 Feb 2021 - 11:26PM

With the previous incinerator project delayed to 2024, the proposal of another facility to replace landfills seems overly ambitious, while an early introduction of the waste charge will at least bring Hong Kong closer to becoming a green city

Implement the waste charge before building a second incinerator
Editorial | Brake on Tesla an example to others

Beijing’s reminder to the US electric car giant that it should stick to the rules and not wrongly blame power provider for its faults shows foreign firms there is no room for arrogance.

26 Feb 2021 - 6:25PM

Beijing’s reminder to the US electric car giant that it should stick to the rules and not wrongly blame power provider for its faults shows foreign firms there is no room for arrogance.

Brake on Tesla an example to others
Editorial | Private flats set to be even less affordable under land shake-up

Allocation of additional sites for public housing without increasing the overall supply will have a knock-on effect putting more people on already lengthy waiting lists for subsidised homes.

26 Feb 2021 - 6:21PM

Allocation of additional sites for public housing without increasing the overall supply will have a knock-on effect putting more people on already lengthy waiting lists for subsidised homes.

Private flats set to be even less affordable under land shake-up
Editorial | Big Tech showdown to make news in Hong Kong

The city’s government should be prepared for a battle between publishers and social media giants over news payments on the home front

26 Feb 2021 - 2:42AM

The city’s government should be prepared for a battle between publishers and social media giants over news payments on the home front

Big Tech showdown to make news in Hong Kong
Editorial | More clarity required when it comes to patriots running Hong Kong

Under a proposed law, legislators and district councillors face a five-year ban from contesting elections for not taking their oaths properly or upholding the Basic Law.

26 Feb 2021 - 2:05AM

Under a proposed law, legislators and district councillors face a five-year ban from contesting elections for not taking their oaths properly or upholding the Basic Law.

More clarity required when it comes to patriots running Hong Kong
Editorial | Hong Kong restaurants hungry for coronavirus backup

With many diners preferring to give their contact details rather than use the official app, restaurateurs are complaining about the added responsibility on their shoulders.

25 Feb 2021 - 3:18AM

With many diners preferring to give their contact details rather than use the official app, restaurateurs are complaining about the added responsibility on their shoulders.

Hong Kong restaurants hungry for coronavirus backup
Editorial | Proof of pudding in the eating for Paul Chan’s budget amid crisis

Hong Kong’s financial secretary served up a spending blueprint featuring some relief measures, additional government income and hopes for growth, but whether it is enough for troubled city remains to be seen.

25 Feb 2021 - 3:00AM

Hong Kong’s financial secretary served up a spending blueprint featuring some relief measures, additional government income and hopes for growth, but whether it is enough for troubled city remains to be seen.

Proof of pudding in the eating for Paul Chan’s budget amid crisis
Editorial | Onus is on Asean to deal with Myanmar

If the bloc cannot form a strong consensus as a basis for communicating with Myanmar, it will only be an invitation for big powers such as the United States or China to involve themselves.

23 Feb 2021 - 11:23PM

If the bloc cannot form a strong consensus as a basis for communicating with Myanmar, it will only be an invitation for big powers such as the United States or China to involve themselves.

Onus is on Asean to deal with Myanmar
Editorial | Foreign judges must not be caught up in push for ‘patriotism’

A high quality, independent judiciary that is appointed on the basis of professional abilities is enshrined in the Basic Law – and that includes judges from overseas.

23 Feb 2021 - 11:08PM

A high quality, independent judiciary that is appointed on the basis of professional abilities is enshrined in the Basic Law – and that includes judges from overseas.

Foreign judges must not be caught up in push for ‘patriotism’
Editorial | Hong Kong budget will be a difficult balancing act

The government has to meet Hong Kong’s genuine need while keeping enough ammunition to safeguard the city’s financial position.

23 Feb 2021 - 3:42AM

The government has to meet Hong Kong’s genuine need while keeping enough ammunition to safeguard the city’s financial position.

Hong Kong budget will be a difficult balancing act
Editorial | ‘Patriots’ push and diversity of Hong Kong should find way to coexist

Reforms have to further the healthy development of ‘one country, two systems’ without killing off the pluralism that is characteristic of Hong Kong politics

23 Feb 2021 - 3:22AM

Reforms have to further the healthy development of ‘one country, two systems’ without killing off the pluralism that is characteristic of Hong Kong politics

‘Patriots’ push and diversity of Hong Kong should find way to coexist
Editorial | Economic impact of virus still to be seen

The experiences of faraway New Zealand show that success is fleeting against a disease that is still not completely understood.

21 Feb 2021 - 10:34PM

The experiences of faraway New Zealand show that success is fleeting against a disease that is still not completely understood.

Economic impact of virus still to be seen
Editorial | More oversight of public broadcaster a political challenge

RTHK is a precious public asset and this is no time for it to be mired in recrimination. Rather, it is time to move ahead and strive for a mix of accountability and professionalism that answers critics

21 Feb 2021 - 9:50PM

RTHK is a precious public asset and this is no time for it to be mired in recrimination. Rather, it is time to move ahead and strive for a mix of accountability and professionalism that answers critics

More oversight of public broadcaster a political challenge
Editorial | Rethink the approach on food trucks, instead of giving up on them

It appears the food truck experiment is at the end of the road, with only one of 12 licence-holders operating regularly. But the tourists will return one day and a more flexible way of operating may lead to better results

20 Feb 2021 - 11:02PM

It appears the food truck experiment is at the end of the road, with only one of 12 licence-holders operating regularly. But the tourists will return one day and a more flexible way of operating may lead to better results

Rethink the approach on food trucks, instead of giving up on them
Editorial | New director general provides hope of a revival for the WTO

Challenges abound for the World Trade Organization, but the appointment of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in the wake of the new US administration creates a pathway for the return of multilateralism

20 Feb 2021 - 9:35PM

Challenges abound for the World Trade Organization, but the appointment of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in the wake of the new US administration creates a pathway for the return of multilateralism

New director general provides hope of a revival for the WTO
Editorial | China has to get balance right on clean energy

Country experiencing boom in coal-fired projects will have to reconcile carbon targets and emissions to achieve neutrality without inhibiting economic growth.

20 Feb 2021 - 1:22AM

Country experiencing boom in coal-fired projects will have to reconcile carbon targets and emissions to achieve neutrality without inhibiting economic growth.

China has to get balance right on clean energy
Editorial | Shot of public confidence needed in vaccines

Sinovac stocks may have arrived in Hong Kong, with those from other companies on the way, but the government must do more to persuade people to have the jabs.

20 Feb 2021 - 12:50AM

Sinovac stocks may have arrived in Hong Kong, with those from other companies on the way, but the government must do more to persuade people to have the jabs.

Shot of public confidence needed in vaccines
Editorial | Group of Seven talks should discuss cooperation, not division

Anti-China sentiment has to be put aside at virtual meeting of world’s most industrialised nations in the grip of crippling pandemic, economic grief and climate crisis.

19 Feb 2021 - 1:14AM

Anti-China sentiment has to be put aside at virtual meeting of world’s most industrialised nations in the grip of crippling pandemic, economic grief and climate crisis.

Group of Seven talks should discuss cooperation, not division
Editorial | Even greater vigilance essential ahead of Covid-19 jabs

Decision by Hong Kong government to relax social-distancing rules ahead of vaccine roll-out raises risk of further infections in the community.

19 Feb 2021 - 12:38AM

Decision by Hong Kong government to relax social-distancing rules ahead of vaccine roll-out raises risk of further infections in the community.

Even greater vigilance essential ahead of Covid-19 jabs
Editorial | Hong Kong must catch up with rest of the world on vaccine roll-outs

Health authorities should press ahead with approval, securing of supplies and immunisation as a matter of urgency

17 Feb 2021 - 8:25PM

Health authorities should press ahead with approval, securing of supplies and immunisation as a matter of urgency

Hong Kong must catch up with rest of the world on vaccine roll-outs
Editorial | Big guns join the fight on climate change

Some of the world’s largest investment asset managers are starting to punish firms deemed environmentally irresponsible, a sign that humanity is realising that we are all in this together

17 Feb 2021 - 8:22PM

Some of the world’s largest investment asset managers are starting to punish firms deemed environmentally irresponsible, a sign that humanity is realising that we are all in this together

Big guns join the fight on climate change
Editorial | Republicans have no place for extremism

Following the acquittal of Donald Trump, the Grand Old Party has to now abandon divisive policies and return to the centre-right in mainstream American political life

16 Feb 2021 - 8:13PM

Following the acquittal of Donald Trump, the Grand Old Party has to now abandon divisive policies and return to the centre-right in mainstream American political life

Republicans have no place for extremism
Editorial | Post-virus property landscape must be taken into account

With Covid-19 emptying Hong Kong’s offices and shops, forcing down rents, there is need to take a long, hard look at planned developments and those already under construction

16 Feb 2021 - 8:10PM

With Covid-19 emptying Hong Kong’s offices and shops, forcing down rents, there is need to take a long, hard look at planned developments and those already under construction

Post-virus property landscape must be taken into account
Editorial | Warning system will be out of this world

Earth should welcome China’s proposal to build largest system of radars to identify threats from space, such as asteroids, as well as monitor satellites

15 Feb 2021 - 9:29PM

Earth should welcome China’s proposal to build largest system of radars to identify threats from space, such as asteroids, as well as monitor satellites

Warning system will be out of this world
Editorial | Ease app fears to help defeat virus and get city back on its feet

With another fall in infection numbers and social-distancing rules to be eased, it is essential that more people download the government exposure app or provide contact information despite privacy concerns

15 Feb 2021 - 9:17PM

With another fall in infection numbers and social-distancing rules to be eased, it is essential that more people download the government exposure app or provide contact information despite privacy concerns

Ease app fears to help defeat virus and get city back on its feet
Editorial | Hong Kong at front and centre in push for ‘green capital’

China’s renewable energy industry is poised to make the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter a carbon-neutral country in less than four decades, and this city will play a key role in seeing it through to reality.

14 Feb 2021 - 9:45PM

China’s renewable energy industry is poised to make the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter a carbon-neutral country in less than four decades, and this city will play a key role in seeing it through to reality.

Hong Kong at front and centre in push for ‘green capital’
Editorial | Central Market must be accessible to all

After almost two decades of indecision, a developer has been found to turn the historic building in the heart of the city into a ‘vibrant place [for] people of all walks of life’; let’s hope the promise is kept.

14 Feb 2021 - 9:45PM

After almost two decades of indecision, a developer has been found to turn the historic building in the heart of the city into a ‘vibrant place [for] people of all walks of life’; let’s hope the promise is kept.

Central Market must be accessible to all