Tammy Tam

Ms Tam is Editor-in-Chief of the South China Morning Post.
Tammy Tam
Ms Tam is Editor-in-Chief of the South China Morning Post.

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City Beat | Will Beijing deploy troops in Hong Kong? Taiwan can provide some clues

Beijing is unlikely to take the most drastic step when there are several subtle yet effective ways to tackle the crisis. But Hong Kong government must also do its part.

18 Aug 2019 - 10:50PM

Beijing is unlikely to take the most drastic step when there are several subtle yet effective ways to tackle the crisis. But Hong Kong government must also do its part.

Will Beijing deploy troops in Hong Kong? Taiwan can provide some clues
City Beat | Rules of the game have changed in Hong Kong’s protest crisis

New tactics in the streets cannot break the impasse – but beneath Beijing’s order to ‘clean up your own mess’ is an urgent call for action.

11 Aug 2019 - 9:59PM

New tactics in the streets cannot break the impasse – but beneath Beijing’s order to ‘clean up your own mess’ is an urgent call for action.

Rules of the game have changed in Hong Kong’s protest crisis
City Beat | How is Hong Kong’s property market affected by the protest crisis and how much can youth anger be linked to home ownership?

Protests are bad for business but analysts say a big property market plunge is unlikely. The reason is simple – not enough supply.

4 Aug 2019 - 10:42PM

Protests are bad for business but analysts say a big property market plunge is unlikely. The reason is simple – not enough supply.

How is Hong Kong’s property market affected by the protest crisis and how much can youth anger be linked to home ownership?
City Beat | Hong Kong needs to clean up its self-made mess because Beijing may just let it be

Such ‘let it be’ sentiment reflects the diminishing value of city to many mainlanders – so the time for Hong Kong’s government to stand up is now.

29 Jul 2019 - 12:26PM

Such ‘let it be’ sentiment reflects the diminishing value of city to many mainlanders – so the time for Hong Kong’s government to stand up is now.

Hong Kong needs to clean up its self-made mess because Beijing may just let it be
City Beat | Carrot or stick? Fingers crossed for Beijing’s next move in Hong Kong’s extradition bill crisis

All eyes will be on top leaders’ upcoming Beidaihe get-together, where Hong Kong is expected to be among key priorities. Events in the city and in Xinjiang reflect a hard reality for Beijing to face: economic incentives will not work without winning the hearts and minds of local people.

21 Jul 2019 - 9:26PM

All eyes will be on top leaders’ upcoming Beidaihe get-together, where Hong Kong is expected to be among key priorities. Events in the city and in Xinjiang reflect a hard reality for Beijing to face: economic incentives will not work without winning the hearts and minds of local people.

Carrot or stick? Fingers crossed for Beijing’s next move in Hong Kong’s extradition bill crisis
City Beat | Whirlwind US-China relations herald stormy outlook in Hong Kong oasis of American calm

Extradition bill saga adds new dimension to straining Sino-US relationship, with tough tests ahead to protect Hong Kong from trade war aftershocks.

14 Jul 2019 - 9:41PM

Extradition bill saga adds new dimension to straining Sino-US relationship, with tough tests ahead to protect Hong Kong from trade war aftershocks.

Whirlwind US-China relations herald stormy outlook in Hong Kong oasis of American calm
City Beat | Protest crisis shows government’s Hong Kong-centric approach is not working, and local concerns now have international implications

Protests in the city show no sign of ending, an eventuality neither the government nor Beijing foresaw. Any future move will inevitably be subject to international scrutiny.

7 Jul 2019 - 10:11PM

Protests in the city show no sign of ending, an eventuality neither the government nor Beijing foresaw. Any future move will inevitably be subject to international scrutiny.

Protest crisis shows government’s Hong Kong-centric approach is not working, and local concerns now have international implications
City Beat | Hong Kong chief executive’s dignity must be earned rather than defended after extradition bill row

Sources have hinted that the ‘steel lady’ will not ‘die’, but Chief Executive Carrie Lam still has to regain the public’s trust, and Monday’s annual July 1 rally will be watershed moment for government as it decides what to do next.

30 Jun 2019 - 9:17PM

Sources have hinted that the ‘steel lady’ will not ‘die’, but Chief Executive Carrie Lam still has to regain the public’s trust, and Monday’s annual July 1 rally will be watershed moment for government as it decides what to do next.

Hong Kong chief executive’s dignity must be earned rather than defended after extradition bill row
City Beat | Hong Kong’s extradition bill backlash is a lesson in the need for wisdom in advance, not hindsight

Carrie Lam had to suspend the unpopular legislation and risks becoming a liability for her allies in upcoming elections. She has promised to do better, but it would help to rely less on wisdom after the fact.

23 Jun 2019 - 8:28PM

Carrie Lam had to suspend the unpopular legislation and risks becoming a liability for her allies in upcoming elections. She has promised to do better, but it would help to rely less on wisdom after the fact.

Hong Kong’s extradition bill backlash is a lesson in the need for wisdom in advance, not hindsight
City Beat | Is Carrie Lam’s U-turn over Hong Kong extradition bill a gift for Chinese President Xi Jinping?

Chief executive’s climbdown came as President Xi was celebrating his birthday while building international alliances and support for China. Lam insisted she decided to pause the bill on her own but there is no doubt Beijing had critical input.

16 Jun 2019 - 8:39PM

Chief executive’s climbdown came as President Xi was celebrating his birthday while building international alliances and support for China. Lam insisted she decided to pause the bill on her own but there is no doubt Beijing had critical input.

Is Carrie Lam’s U-turn over Hong Kong extradition bill a gift for Chinese President Xi Jinping?
City Beat | After Hong Kong’s extradition bill is passed, what next?

Getting amendment on the statute book is just the start of government’s problems, with implementation to serve as flashpoint amid cross-strait tensions

9 Jun 2019 - 8:41PM

Getting amendment on the statute book is just the start of government’s problems, with implementation to serve as flashpoint amid cross-strait tensions

After Hong Kong’s extradition bill is passed, what next?
City Beat | Can a candlelight vigil ignite a political flame? All eyes on June 4 turnout to mark Tiananmen crackdown as Chief Executive Carrie Lam gauges public sentiment over extradition bill

Size of crowd at this year’s June 4 vigil will be gauge of public sentiment to the extradition bill – and the city leader’s political agenda.

2 Jun 2019 - 9:47PM

Size of crowd at this year’s June 4 vigil will be gauge of public sentiment to the extradition bill – and the city leader’s political agenda.

Can a candlelight vigil ignite a political flame? All eyes on June 4 turnout to mark Tiananmen crackdown as Chief Executive Carrie Lam gauges public sentiment over extradition bill
City Beat | If perception is reality, can Huawei founder’s pragmatic approach to US-China trade war show Hong Kong how to change the way extradition bill is viewed?

Could pragmatic approach adopted by tech firm’s founder Ren Zhengfei be a point of reference for selling the controversial legislation to sceptical public and critics in the West?

26 May 2019 - 8:53PM

Could pragmatic approach adopted by tech firm’s founder Ren Zhengfei be a point of reference for selling the controversial legislation to sceptical public and critics in the West?

If perception is reality, can Huawei founder’s pragmatic approach to US-China trade war show Hong Kong how to change the way extradition bill is viewed?
City Beat | As US-China trade war intensifies, Hong Kong faces rough ride on its way to becoming hi-tech research hub for Beijing’s Greater Bay Area project

The profound effects of the ongoing trade war may be felt on many fronts in Hong Kong, including the challenge to the city’s role in the Greater Bay Area megaproject.

19 May 2019 - 9:32PM

The profound effects of the ongoing trade war may be felt on many fronts in Hong Kong, including the challenge to the city’s role in the Greater Bay Area megaproject.

As US-China trade war intensifies, Hong Kong faces rough ride on its way to becoming hi-tech research hub for Beijing’s Greater Bay Area project
City Beat | Hong Kong’s controversial extradition bill is extra-fraught in light of the US-China trade war and forcing it through may come at a price for Carrie Lam

The chief executive is facing her biggest political challenge since taking office two years ago and international pressure is making the stakes even higher.

12 May 2019 - 9:33PM

The chief executive is facing her biggest political challenge since taking office two years ago and international pressure is making the stakes even higher.

Hong Kong’s controversial extradition bill is extra-fraught in light of the US-China trade war and forcing it through may come at a price for Carrie Lam
City Beat | Hong Kong’s political reality laid bare by fugitive bill and housing issues: the city has no eternal allies, only eternal interests

Recent developments such as the fugitive bill show there is no guarantee that any group will automatically endorse the administration.

5 May 2019 - 9:45PM

Recent developments such as the fugitive bill show there is no guarantee that any group will automatically endorse the administration.

Hong Kong’s political reality laid bare by fugitive bill and housing issues: the city has no eternal allies, only eternal interests
City Beat | What role does Hong Kong’s Beijing liaison office have to play in China’s Taiwan strategy at a sensitive time in cross-strait relations?

The Beijing liaison office has recently hosted two key Taiwanese figures who may run in next year’s presidential election on the self-ruled island.

28 Apr 2019 - 8:49PM

The Beijing liaison office has recently hosted two key Taiwanese figures who may run in next year’s presidential election on the self-ruled island.

What role does Hong Kong’s Beijing liaison office have to play in China’s Taiwan strategy at a sensitive time in cross-strait relations?
City Beat | Is Hong Kong ready to be the financial hub of China’s Belt and Road Initiative?

City has been afforded a privilege no other province in China enjoys for international summit in Beijing, which will be attended by leaders from 37 countries and delegations from another 150.

21 Apr 2019 - 8:29PM

City has been afforded a privilege no other province in China enjoys for international summit in Beijing, which will be attended by leaders from 37 countries and delegations from another 150.

Is Hong Kong ready to be the financial hub of China’s Belt and Road Initiative?
City Beat | Flag blunder a lesson for Beijing’s liaison office in Hong Kong

While quick response to mistake is applauded, incident has raised questions about the need for an official spokesperson for an agency once seen to be shrouded in mystery.

14 Apr 2019 - 8:34PM

While quick response to mistake is applauded, incident has raised questions about the need for an official spokesperson for an agency once seen to be shrouded in mystery.

Flag blunder a lesson for Beijing’s liaison office in Hong Kong
City Beat | Hong Kong’s new extradition law: wrong timing for government, bad image for business, and reality check for Beijing

Hong Kong’s business community, normally very receptive towards Beijing, has strongly opposed the law, which would allow fugitives to be sent across the border.

7 Apr 2019 - 8:32PM

Hong Kong’s business community, normally very receptive towards Beijing, has strongly opposed the law, which would allow fugitives to be sent across the border.

Hong Kong’s new extradition law: wrong timing for government, bad image for business, and reality check for Beijing
City Beat | End of an era, or just the passing of the torch? Economic reliance on housing shows no sign of slowing despite retirement of Hong Kong’s second-richest man

Decision of city’s second-richest man Lee Shau-kee to retire poses big questions about property development, and whether handing over his business to his heirs really represents the end of an era.

1 Apr 2019 - 11:41AM

Decision of city’s second-richest man Lee Shau-kee to retire poses big questions about property development, and whether handing over his business to his heirs really represents the end of an era.

End of an era, or just the passing of the torch? Economic reliance on housing shows no sign of slowing despite retirement of Hong Kong’s second-richest man
City Beat | What Hong Kong can learn from Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu’s openness and flexibility in politics

The Kaohsiung mayor, who paid a swift visit to the city this weekend, has reached across Taiwan’s political divide but he is also willing to talk to Beijing.

24 Mar 2019 - 9:16PM

The Kaohsiung mayor, who paid a swift visit to the city this weekend, has reached across Taiwan’s political divide but he is also willing to talk to Beijing.

What Hong Kong can learn from Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu’s openness and flexibility in politics
City Beat | What’s behind the double benefits for Hong Kong under China’s new foreign investment law?

City is lucky to enjoy the best of both worlds but those same advantages also mean growing international scrutiny.

17 Mar 2019 - 9:26PM

City is lucky to enjoy the best of both worlds but those same advantages also mean growing international scrutiny.

What’s behind the double benefits for Hong Kong under China’s new foreign investment law?
City Beat | Hong Kong government may have bitten off more than it can chew with extradition plan

Given strong opposition on both political and business fronts, government faces a rough ride meeting its summer deadline to get Legislative Council endorsement for proposal to expand law governing transfer of fugitives.

17 Mar 2019 - 12:09AM

Given strong opposition on both political and business fronts, government faces a rough ride meeting its summer deadline to get Legislative Council endorsement for proposal to expand law governing transfer of fugitives.

Hong Kong government may have bitten off more than it can chew with extradition plan
City Beat | Beijing must learn to live with international scrutiny of Hong Kong as Trump presidency tests US-China ties

A war of words has erupted between America’s top envoy to the city, Kurt Tong, and the Chinese Foreign Ministry, and both local and national officials may need to get used to such clashes.

3 Mar 2019 - 10:19PM

A war of words has erupted between America’s top envoy to the city, Kurt Tong, and the Chinese Foreign Ministry, and both local and national officials may need to get used to such clashes.

Beijing must learn to live with international scrutiny of Hong Kong as Trump presidency tests US-China ties
City Beat | Why the ‘Greater Bay Area’, which includes Hong Kong, is more attractive to foreign investors than China’s other major project, the Xiongan New Area

Two regions are the new torch-bearers for country’s development, echoing legacy of the four special economic zones in Deng’s era.

24 Feb 2019 - 10:14PM

Two regions are the new torch-bearers for country’s development, echoing legacy of the four special economic zones in Deng’s era.

Why the ‘Greater Bay Area’, which includes Hong Kong, is more attractive to foreign investors than China’s other major project, the Xiongan New Area
Welcome to the new SCMP website

New online platform will provide reader-focused experience across four editions with smarter content recommendations

18 Feb 2019 - 6:42PM

New online platform will provide reader-focused experience across four editions with smarter content recommendations

Welcome to the new SCMP website
City Beat | China sci-fi blockbuster The Wandering Earth has raised the bar for Hong Kong film industry as it seeks to rekindle reputation as Hollywood of the East

Many local actors and filmmakers are vying for a piece of the lucrative mainland market, but tastes are changing and standards are rising, meaning Hong Kong faces a challenge to compete.

17 Feb 2019 - 9:40PM

Many local actors and filmmakers are vying for a piece of the lucrative mainland market, but tastes are changing and standards are rising, meaning Hong Kong faces a challenge to compete.

China sci-fi blockbuster The Wandering Earth has raised the bar for Hong Kong film industry as it seeks to rekindle reputation as Hollywood of the East
City Beat | Now the Lunar New Year celebration is over, it’s time for a reality check

With all its risks and uncertainties the US-China trade war is not going away any time soon. And what does Trump mean by ‘real, structural change’ anyway?

10 Feb 2019 - 8:23PM

With all its risks and uncertainties the US-China trade war is not going away any time soon. And what does Trump mean by ‘real, structural change’ anyway?

Now the Lunar New Year celebration is over, it’s time for a reality check
City Beat | More than money is needed to solve Hong Kong’s health care problems

Carrie Lam’s extra HK$500 million for the Hospital Authority will be welcomed but allocating it is not as simple as moving money from one pocket to another. The manpower shortage in the hospital sector could be solved by hiring overseas personnel but where to hire from is another political question still.

4 Feb 2019 - 8:30AM

Carrie Lam’s extra HK$500 million for the Hospital Authority will be welcomed but allocating it is not as simple as moving money from one pocket to another. The manpower shortage in the hospital sector could be solved by hiring overseas personnel but where to hire from is another political question still.

More than money is needed to solve Hong Kong’s health care problems