Yonden Lhatoo

Yonden Lhatoo is the Chief News Editor at the Post. He had worked as a television news anchor and editor in Hong Kong for nearly two decades before joining the SCMP in 2015.
Yonden Lhatoo
Yonden Lhatoo is the Chief News Editor at the Post. He had worked as a television news anchor and editor in Hong Kong for nearly two decades before joining the SCMP in 2015.

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Just Saying | Please don’t let South Asians burn in Hong Kong’s revolution

Yonden Lhatoo warns that the city’s vulnerable ethnic minority groups are being vilified to dangerous effect by those adding racial hatred into the mix of social unrest and protest violence.

19 Oct 2019 - 10:51PM

Yonden Lhatoo warns that the city’s vulnerable ethnic minority groups are being vilified to dangerous effect by those adding racial hatred into the mix of social unrest and protest violence.

Please don’t let South Asians burn in Hong Kong’s revolution
End of innocence as Hong Kong's revolution devours its own children

SCMP Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo laments that children are growing up with hatred in their hearts and even blood on their hands as Hong Kong stares into the abyss.

15 Oct 2019 - 7:41PM

SCMP Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo laments that children are growing up with hatred in their hearts and even blood on their hands as Hong Kong stares into the abyss.

End of innocence as Hong Kong's revolution devours its own children
US senator Ted Cruz accuses Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam of cancelling meeting with him out of ‘weakness’ and ‘fear’ of anti-government protesters

Republican Ted Cruz, on a brief visit to Hong Kong, also said he met ‘non-violent protest leaders’ and impressed upon them the need to shun violence.

13 Oct 2019 - 2:06AM

Republican Ted Cruz, on a brief visit to Hong Kong, also said he met ‘non-violent protest leaders’ and impressed upon them the need to shun violence.

US senator Ted Cruz accuses Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam of cancelling meeting with him out of ‘weakness’ and ‘fear’ of anti-government protesters
Just Saying | Hong Kong’s ‘revolution of our times’ is devouring its own children

Yonden Lhatoo laments the loss of innocence among the city’s children, warning that an entire new generation is growing up with hatred in their hearts and even blood on their hands after months of protest violence.

15 Oct 2019 - 7:48PM

Yonden Lhatoo laments the loss of innocence among the city’s children, warning that an entire new generation is growing up with hatred in their hearts and even blood on their hands after months of protest violence.

Hong Kong’s ‘revolution of our times’ is devouring its own children
Just Saying | There’s no silent majority in Hong Kong, only a terrified minority while the rest are fine with mob rule and anarchy

Yonden Lhatoo questions the narrative that most Hongkongers are opposed to protest violence, as hardly anyone speaks out against the systematic destruction of what was once a great city.

5 Oct 2019 - 10:22PM

Yonden Lhatoo questions the narrative that most Hongkongers are opposed to protest violence, as hardly anyone speaks out against the systematic destruction of what was once a great city.

There’s no silent majority in Hong Kong, only a terrified minority while the rest are fine with mob rule and anarchy
Hong Kong is becoming a basket case because our leaders have the power but no guts to end anarchy
Recruiting Gurkhas to protect Hong Kong’s MTR from protest vandalism will only make it worse
Just Saying | Beijing is making Hong Kong’s property tycoons sweat bricks – it was long overdue

Yonden Lhatoo says the writing has been on the wall for a while, but developers who control the city’s housing market have now been put on notice that enough is enough.

14 Sep 2019 - 11:01PM

Yonden Lhatoo says the writing has been on the wall for a while, but developers who control the city’s housing market have now been put on notice that enough is enough.

Beijing is making Hong Kong’s property tycoons sweat bricks – it was long overdue
Is it still safe to be in Hong Kong amid all the riots and protest chaos?

SCMP Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo says it is, in a strange way, in spite of everything.

9 Sep 2019 - 5:30PM

SCMP Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo says it is, in a strange way, in spite of everything.

Is it still safe to be in Hong Kong amid all the riots and protest chaos?
Is it safe to be in Hong Kong? Against all odds the answer is still a strange ‘yes’
Just Saying | ‘How to kill Hong Kong police’ and what comes next

Yonden Lhatoo warns that relentless war being waged by protesters against the city’s police force has crossed a dangerous new line after an officer was knifed by masked men while returning home from work.

1 Sep 2019 - 2:07AM

Yonden Lhatoo warns that relentless war being waged by protesters against the city’s police force has crossed a dangerous new line after an officer was knifed by masked men while returning home from work.

‘How to kill Hong Kong police’ and what comes next
Just Saying | Hong Kong’s MTR pays the price for aiding and abetting protesters

Yonden Lhatoo looks at the chaos protesters are creating at train stations and argues that the embattled operator has only itself to blame for allowing things to go off the rails before being shamed into taking action by Chinese state media.

24 Aug 2019 - 11:22PM

Yonden Lhatoo looks at the chaos protesters are creating at train stations and argues that the embattled operator has only itself to blame for allowing things to go off the rails before being shamed into taking action by Chinese state media.

Hong Kong’s MTR pays the price for aiding and abetting protesters
How Hong Kong’s embattled police force is holding the city back from the brink against all odds

Once a demoralised force under constant attack by protesters and widely criticised by the public, police are now finding new strength in their role as the last line of defence to prevent total chaos in the absence of a political solution.

19 Aug 2019 - 10:44AM

Once a demoralised force under constant attack by protesters and widely criticised by the public, police are now finding new strength in their role as the last line of defence to prevent total chaos in the absence of a political solution.

How Hong Kong’s embattled police force is holding the city back from the brink against all odds
Just Saying | Don’t expect any help from a totally clueless Donald Trump in Hong Kong’s protest crisis

Yonden Lhatoo dismisses the idea of the US president playing any meaningful role in helping to end Hong Kong’s civil strife, arguing that it’s the last thing this city needs.

17 Aug 2019 - 10:50PM

Yonden Lhatoo dismisses the idea of the US president playing any meaningful role in helping to end Hong Kong’s civil strife, arguing that it’s the last thing this city needs.

Don’t expect any help from a totally clueless Donald Trump in Hong Kong’s protest crisis
Just Saying | Cathay Pacific is just the start; tycoons will have to pick a side in Hong Kong’s protest crisis

Yonden Lhatoo says Beijing’s crackdown on Cathay Pacific aircrew who support anti-government protests is just the start; others will have to toe the line or pay the price.

10 Aug 2019 - 11:19PM

Yonden Lhatoo says Beijing’s crackdown on Cathay Pacific aircrew who support anti-government protests is just the start; others will have to toe the line or pay the price.

Cathay Pacific is just the start; tycoons will have to pick a side in Hong Kong’s protest crisis
Basic humanity and decency lost as hate rules Hong Kong's protest crisis

SCMP Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo discusses the extent of hatred and animosity plaguing a deeply divided city.

20 Aug 2019 - 2:32PM

SCMP Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo discusses the extent of hatred and animosity plaguing a deeply divided city.

Basic humanity and decency lost as hate rules Hong Kong's protest crisis
Just Saying | It’s not only law and order, Hong Kong’s protest crisis is taking a tragic toll on basic humanity and decency

Yonden Lhatoo says the breakdown of law and order is worrying enough, but far more troubling is the proliferation of pure hate that is tearing apart Hong Kong’s social fabric.

3 Aug 2019 - 11:02PM

Yonden Lhatoo says the breakdown of law and order is worrying enough, but far more troubling is the proliferation of pure hate that is tearing apart Hong Kong’s social fabric.

It’s not only law and order, Hong Kong’s protest crisis is taking a tragic toll on basic humanity and decency
Hong Kong's revolution: adding oil to a bonfire of hate

SCMP Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo bemoans the breakdown of law and order in a city that used to boast of being the safest in the world.

20 Aug 2019 - 2:25PM

SCMP Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo bemoans the breakdown of law and order in a city that used to boast of being the safest in the world.

Hong Kong's revolution: adding oil to a bonfire of hate
Just Saying | Add oil, Hong Kong, as our beloved city burns with ugly hate

Yonden Lhatoo bemoans the breakdown of law and order in a city that once boasted of being one of the safest in the world, blaming it on a hate campaign to demoralise and destroy the police force.

27 Jul 2019 - 10:40PM

Yonden Lhatoo bemoans the breakdown of law and order in a city that once boasted of being one of the safest in the world, blaming it on a hate campaign to demoralise and destroy the police force.

Add oil, Hong Kong, as our beloved city burns with ugly hate
Just Saying | Giving peace a chance with Hong Kong’s Lennon Wall War

Yonden Lhatoo says a war is being fought across the city with pens for guns and Post-it notes for bullets, bringing out the best and worst, and providing a channel for the cathartic release of pent-up frustrations.

20 Jul 2019 - 10:25PM

Yonden Lhatoo says a war is being fought across the city with pens for guns and Post-it notes for bullets, bringing out the best and worst, and providing a channel for the cathartic release of pent-up frustrations.

Giving peace a chance with Hong Kong’s Lennon Wall War
Violence? What violence? It’s all peace and love on the Hong Kong protest front
If the Dalai Lama is a sexist, the #MeToo mafia has gone too far

'You have drawn and quartered a harmless old monk on the sacred altar of your wokeness,' SCMP Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo tells social justice warriors.

20 Aug 2019 - 2:06PM

'You have drawn and quartered a harmless old monk on the sacred altar of your wokeness,' SCMP Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo tells social justice warriors.

If the Dalai Lama is a sexist, the #MeToo mafia has gone too far
Just Saying | If the Dalai Lama is a sexist, the #MeToo mafia is going too far

Yonden Lhatoo is astonished by the misrepresentation in the media of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader’s remarks about a female successor, and how he was forced to apologise for it in the face of an internet backlash.

8 Jul 2019 - 5:03PM

Yonden Lhatoo is astonished by the misrepresentation in the media of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader’s remarks about a female successor, and how he was forced to apologise for it in the face of an internet backlash.

If the Dalai Lama is a sexist, the #MeToo mafia is going too far
Just Saying | Be water, my friend, but don’t be stupid: a radical minority among Hong Kong protesters are taking it too far

Yonden Lhatoo calls out a radical faction of extradition bill protesters who may be in the minority but are really testing the limits of tolerance

29 Jun 2019 - 11:30PM

Yonden Lhatoo calls out a radical faction of extradition bill protesters who may be in the minority but are really testing the limits of tolerance

Be water, my friend, but don’t be stupid: a radical minority among Hong Kong protesters are taking it too far
People power or mob rule? Hong Kong’s young protesters risk bloodshed by blurring the line

SCMP Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo sets aside his underlying sympathy for young protesters to warn them that overdoing it will end in tears for everyone

29 Jun 2019 - 5:26PM

SCMP Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo sets aside his underlying sympathy for young protesters to warn them that overdoing it will end in tears for everyone

People power or mob rule? Hong Kong’s young protesters risk bloodshed by blurring the line
Just Saying | There will be blood if Hong Kong protesters continue to blur the line between people power and mob rule

Yonden Lhatoo is alarmed by the 15-hour siege of police headquarters by mostly young protesters and the implications for the rule of law in a deeply divided and troubled city.

22 Jun 2019 - 10:59PM

Yonden Lhatoo is alarmed by the 15-hour siege of police headquarters by mostly young protesters and the implications for the rule of law in a deeply divided and troubled city.

There will be blood if Hong Kong protesters continue to blur the line between people power and mob rule
Hong Kong’s youth unafraid of batons or rubber bullets: that makes extradition protests scary

SCMP Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo sympathises with young protesters over their grievances, but warns that people power cannot be allowed to become mob rule

18 Jun 2019 - 2:08PM

SCMP Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo sympathises with young protesters over their grievances, but warns that people power cannot be allowed to become mob rule

Hong Kong’s youth unafraid of batons or rubber bullets: that makes extradition protests scary
Just Saying | Hong Kong’s youngsters are not afraid of batons and bullets, and that is truly frightening

Yonden Lhatoo condemns the street violence against the government’s extradition bill, but sympathises with young protesters regarding all their grievances and frustrations, and warns it could get far worse

15 Jun 2019 - 10:47PM

Yonden Lhatoo condemns the street violence against the government’s extradition bill, but sympathises with young protesters regarding all their grievances and frustrations, and warns it could get far worse

Hong Kong’s youngsters are not afraid of batons and bullets, and that is truly frightening
What does housing have to do with violence over Hong Kong’s extradition bill?

SCMP Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo bemoans the hopeless state of housing and ranks it at the top of social problems that are driving the city’s frustrated youth to lash out.

20 Aug 2019 - 1:58PM

SCMP Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo bemoans the hopeless state of housing and ranks it at the top of social problems that are driving the city’s frustrated youth to lash out.

What does housing have to do with violence over Hong Kong’s extradition bill?
Just Saying | Hopeless in Hong Kong: why the sordid state of housing can never be fixed in Asia’s world city

Yonden Lhatoo struggles to understand how the government can officially admit that property prices are out of control, but its priority is the extradition bill and a completely unnecessary political crisis of its own making.

8 Jun 2019 - 10:31PM

Yonden Lhatoo struggles to understand how the government can officially admit that property prices are out of control, but its priority is the extradition bill and a completely unnecessary political crisis of its own making.

Hopeless in Hong Kong: why the sordid state of housing can never be fixed in Asia’s world city