Sonny Lo

Sonny Lo

Sonny Lo Shiu-Hing is a veteran political commentator and observer of the politics of Hong Kong and Macau. He has published many books on the two cities' governance, democratisation and crime control, among other topics.

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Opinion | Taiwanese voters have spoken: what do the elections mean for Tsai Ing-wen’s party, and China?

Taiwan’s ruling party has only itself to blame for voters’ revolt. However, the KMT’s strong showing does not make it a shoo-in for the presidential election, and Beijing should see the importance of respecting voters’ wishes.

Taiwan’s ruling party has only itself to blame for voters’ revolt. However, the KMT’s strong showing does not make it a shoo-in for the presidential election, and Beijing should see the importance of respecting voters’ wishes.

8 May 2019 - 2:46AM
What Typhoon Mangkhut taught us: the value of being prepared and regional cooperation

The effective steps taken by the authorities in Hong Kong, Macau and on the mainland to prepare for the superstorm, including inter-governmental efforts, helped avert a repeat of last summer’s Typhoon Hato tragedy.

The effective steps taken by the authorities in Hong Kong, Macau and on the mainland to prepare for the superstorm, including inter-governmental efforts, helped avert a repeat of last summer’s Typhoon Hato tragedy.

18 Sep 2018 - 5:05AM
Five ways to boost Taiwan’s economy in the face of China’s overtures and threats

Taiwan’s drop in global competitiveness rankings should inspire the island nation to adopt innovative policy measures and cease political bickering.

Taiwan’s drop in global competitiveness rankings should inspire the island nation to adopt innovative policy measures and cease political bickering.

7 Jun 2018 - 8:22PM
A stronger Hainan economy is good news for Hong Kong and Macau

The two Chinese SARs should see the benefit of supporting the central government’s push to develop Hainan into a free-trade port and a thriving centre for tourism and leisure, which is likely to include gaming.

The two Chinese SARs should see the benefit of supporting the central government’s push to develop Hainan into a free-trade port and a thriving centre for tourism and leisure, which is likely to include gaming.

12 Mar 2019 - 2:48PM
Beijing’s new Taiwan policies reveal its plans for greater integration

Beijing’s latest sweeteners encouraging more Taiwanese to do business on the mainland show it is already thinking past the current pro-independence government in Taipei and expecting a more conciliatory one in the near future.

Beijing’s latest sweeteners encouraging more Taiwanese to do business on the mainland show it is already thinking past the current pro-independence government in Taipei and expecting a more conciliatory one in the near future.

14 Mar 2018 - 6:26PM
Can Hong Kong’s new NPC deputies be the change that the city’s zero-sum politics needs?

An assertive civil society in Hong Kong is hamstrung by the lack of mediators between opposing camps. Can the new NPC deputies help to alter the zero-sum nature of Hong Kong politics?

An assertive civil society in Hong Kong is hamstrung by the lack of mediators between opposing camps. Can the new NPC deputies help to alter the zero-sum nature of Hong Kong politics?

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
How Article 23 security law could help Hong Kong’s pan-democrats win political reform bargain

With the central government pushing for national security legislation in Hong Kong, pan-democrats could use a few bargaining chips to spur democratic development.

With the central government pushing for national security legislation in Hong Kong, pan-democrats could use a few bargaining chips to spur democratic development.

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China's global footprint is part of its plan to become the heartland of Asia

China under Xi Jinping has adopted a so-called "heartland" geopolitical strategy not only to counter outsiders' perception of a "China threat" but also to project an image of a peaceful, self-confident and assertive nation.

China under Xi Jinping has adopted a so-called "heartland" geopolitical strategy not only to counter outsiders' perception of a "China threat" but also to project an image of a peaceful, self-confident and assertive nation.

8 Dec 2014 - 6:23AM
Urgent need to begin discussion on the details of electoral reform in Hong Kong

The stalemate between the Occupy movement and the Hong Kong and Beijing governments does not bode well. To break the impasse, all sides will need to act.

The stalemate between the Occupy movement and the Hong Kong and Beijing governments does not bode well. To break the impasse, all sides will need to act.

12 Nov 2014 - 4:37AM
Dialogue - not protest - is the students' best bet for winning democracy

The failure of protest leaders and the government to begin talks means continuous confrontation. A police crackdown may well be inevitable.

The failure of protest leaders and the government to begin talks means continuous confrontation. A police crackdown may well be inevitable.

11 Oct 2014 - 2:09AM
Confrontations will continue unless we work to heal the political wounds

The arrest of students who stormed Civic Square on Friday and the police's use of tear gas to disperse crowds of protesters near government headquarters in Admiralty on Sunday night brought matters to a head.

The arrest of students who stormed Civic Square on Friday and the police's use of tear gas to disperse crowds of protesters near government headquarters in Admiralty on Sunday night brought matters to a head.

1 Oct 2014 - 4:02AM
Democrats still have room to manoeuvre within nominating committee for 2017 election

The emotional polarisation between the pan-democratic and pro-Beijing camps over Beijing's decision on political reform for Hong Kong totally ignores the political space available for democrats.

The emotional polarisation between the pan-democratic and pro-Beijing camps over Beijing's decision on political reform for Hong Kong totally ignores the political space available for democrats.

14 Sep 2014 - 4:39AM