Tammy Tam

Tammy Tam

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

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City Beat | One country, two protests – two consequences?

Hong Kong may have to face an awkward dilemma in deciding where to stand between the US and China, politically and economically.

8 Dec 2019 - 9:44PM

Hong Kong may have to face an awkward dilemma in deciding where to stand between the US and China, politically and economically.

One country, two protests – two consequences?
City Beat | Why is Beijing quiet about the opposition’s landslide district election victory?

The lack of any swift official response hopefully means a sign of prudence from Beijing as an accurate assessment of mainstream public opinion in Hong Kong is critical.

1 Dec 2019 - 10:02PM

The lack of any swift official response hopefully means a sign of prudence from Beijing as an accurate assessment of mainstream public opinion in Hong Kong is critical.

Why is Beijing quiet about the opposition’s landslide district election victory?
City Beat | China-US tension is new normal regardless of Hong Kong human rights bill, but city will change

Hong Kong has been dragged into the ‘fighting-while-negotiating’ game between Beijing and Washington – and negative impacts are unavoidable.

24 Nov 2019 - 10:54PM

Hong Kong has been dragged into the ‘fighting-while-negotiating’ game between Beijing and Washington – and negative impacts are unavoidable.

China-US tension is new normal regardless of Hong Kong human rights bill, but city will change
City Beat | PLA road-clearing action may be both community service and last wake-up call for Hong Kong government

Sight of troops helping to clear roadblocks was bound to draw mixed response in Hong Kong, but there is no denying the symbolic implications behind this surprise episode at such a sensitive time in a city engulfed in chaos.

17 Nov 2019 - 9:31PM

Sight of troops helping to clear roadblocks was bound to draw mixed response in Hong Kong, but there is no denying the symbolic implications behind this surprise episode at such a sensitive time in a city engulfed in chaos.

PLA road-clearing action may be both community service and last wake-up call for Hong Kong government
City Beat | Let’s face it, there’s no quick fix for Hong Kong’s anti-government protest crisis

Recent meetings with top leaders in Beijing show they expect the local government to prioritise quelling the unrest, now in its sixth month. But local officials – who have so far failed to calm the situation – are in uncharted waters, having never been trained or required to act politically.

10 Nov 2019 - 8:42PM

Recent meetings with top leaders in Beijing show they expect the local government to prioritise quelling the unrest, now in its sixth month. But local officials – who have so far failed to calm the situation – are in uncharted waters, having never been trained or required to act politically.

Let’s face it, there’s no quick fix for Hong Kong’s anti-government protest crisis
City Beat | Hong Kong is still irreplaceable, just no longer the apple of China’s eye

Criticism of the city on mainland China can be scathing, but replicating its unique features in full elsewhere cannot be achieved any time soon.

3 Nov 2019 - 9:38PM

Criticism of the city on mainland China can be scathing, but replicating its unique features in full elsewhere cannot be achieved any time soon.

Hong Kong is still irreplaceable, just no longer the apple of China’s eye
City Beat | Carrie Lam has to hold on while Beijing ponders need for political qualities in Hong Kong’s next leader

Communist Party plenum this week may provide some clues before chief executive reports to President Xi Jinping in December.

27 Oct 2019 - 8:15PM

Communist Party plenum this week may provide some clues before chief executive reports to President Xi Jinping in December.

Carrie Lam has to hold on while Beijing ponders need for political qualities in Hong Kong’s next leader
City Beat | Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam must learn lesson of butterfly effect from Taiwan murder case

What can Hong Kong’s leader take from Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility about not allowing emotionality to overcome reasoning?

23 Oct 2019 - 4:52PM

What can Hong Kong’s leader take from Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility about not allowing emotionality to overcome reasoning?

Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam must learn lesson of butterfly effect from Taiwan murder case
City Beat | While Beijing chooses to wait for tide to turn in Hong Kong protest crisis, can Carrie Lam afford to follow suit?

Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s policy address on Wednesday will play a pivotal role in quelling Hong Kong’s months-long protests or triggering more unrest.

13 Oct 2019 - 10:00PM

Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s policy address on Wednesday will play a pivotal role in quelling Hong Kong’s months-long protests or triggering more unrest.

While Beijing chooses to wait for tide to turn in Hong Kong protest crisis, can Carrie Lam afford to follow suit?
City Beat | Anti-mask law effectiveness is in doubt. Now Hong Kong is on the brink and we will all go down with the ship

Chief Executive Carrie Lam passed a law she then failed to implement properly making the situation worse than before, and violence on the streets is the new normal for what used to be one of the safest cities in the world.

10 Oct 2019 - 9:56AM

Chief Executive Carrie Lam passed a law she then failed to implement properly making the situation worse than before, and violence on the streets is the new normal for what used to be one of the safest cities in the world.

Anti-mask law effectiveness is in doubt. Now Hong Kong is on the brink and we will all go down with the ship
City Beat | Where there’s a will, there’s a way out for Hong Kong – just where’s that will coming from, though?

Hong Kong needs self initiative, rather than a push by others, to come out of the political crisis created by the months-long anti-government protests.

29 Sep 2019 - 10:59PM

Hong Kong needs self initiative, rather than a push by others, to come out of the political crisis created by the months-long anti-government protests.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way out for Hong Kong – just where’s that will coming from, though?
City Beat | Why Carrie Lam has to hang on: she is on a mission of adversity to prove herself and allow Beijing more time to look for her successor

City’s chief executive has to find solutions before heading across the border for the National Day celebrations, allowing Beijing more time to find her successor.

22 Sep 2019 - 9:18PM

City’s chief executive has to find solutions before heading across the border for the National Day celebrations, allowing Beijing more time to find her successor.

Why Carrie Lam has to hang on: she is on a mission of adversity to prove herself and allow Beijing more time to look for her successor
City Beat | Hong Kong’s ‘revolution’? Not quite, but the days of property hegemony may be numbered

Property prices are a major frustration of city’s youth – and that could be why Beijing has recently turned up the heat on developers and tycoons.

15 Sep 2019 - 10:24PM

Property prices are a major frustration of city’s youth – and that could be why Beijing has recently turned up the heat on developers and tycoons.

Hong Kong’s ‘revolution’? Not quite, but the days of property hegemony may be numbered
City Beat | Beijing’s low-key handling of extradition bill withdrawal is a hard reality check for Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam

Mainland authorities and state media noticeably downplayed the city leader’s U-turn on the controversial legislation. Unwilling to be dragged into the mess, officials there may just let her carry on trying to quell the unrest.

8 Sep 2019 - 10:45PM

Mainland authorities and state media noticeably downplayed the city leader’s U-turn on the controversial legislation. Unwilling to be dragged into the mess, officials there may just let her carry on trying to quell the unrest.

Beijing’s low-key handling of extradition bill withdrawal is a hard reality check for Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam
City Beat | PLA troops or not, what really matters is Hong Kong’s post-protests relationship with mainland China

Beijing has woken up to deep social and economic divisions in Hong Kong society but, like a broken mirror that has been repaired, will things ever be the same again?

1 Sep 2019 - 9:22PM

Beijing has woken up to deep social and economic divisions in Hong Kong society but, like a broken mirror that has been repaired, will things ever be the same again?

PLA troops or not, what really matters is Hong Kong’s post-protests relationship with mainland China
City Beat | Does Hong Kong need a deadline to end its protest crisis?

Beijing is giving up a self-imposed deadline, but opting for the ‘let the bullets fly’ approach.

25 Aug 2019 - 10:15PM

Beijing is giving up a self-imposed deadline, but opting for the ‘let the bullets fly’ approach.

Does Hong Kong need a deadline to end its protest crisis?
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