Yonden Lhatoo

Hong Kong

Yonden Lhatoo

Chief News Editor

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 Post in 2015.

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Just Saying | Trump’s America is provoking a real war with China; will the unthinkable happen?

Yonden Lhatoo raises the alarm over the risk of all-out war between the world’s two biggest powers, asking how much more provocation Beijing can absorb or will take before retaliating for real.

8 Aug 2020 - 10:21PM

Yonden Lhatoo raises the alarm over the risk of all-out war between the world’s two biggest powers, asking how much more provocation Beijing can absorb or will take before retaliating for real.

Trump’s America is provoking a real war with China; will the unthinkable happen?
Just Saying | Is this the price we pay for loving Hong Kong too much?

Yonden Lhatoo offers a loving little reality check, amid all the political grandstanding and paranoia over the city’s national security law, to remind us how and why we got here.

1 Aug 2020 - 10:18PM

Yonden Lhatoo offers a loving little reality check, amid all the political grandstanding and paranoia over the city’s national security law, to remind us how and why we got here.

Is this the price we pay for loving Hong Kong too much?
Just Saying | Trump’s America has become an unstoppable, out-of-control bully

Yonden Lhatoo warns that the current regime running the US risks plunging the world into war with its hegemonistic belligerence in general and escalating provocation of China in particular.

25 Jul 2020 - 9:34PM

Yonden Lhatoo warns that the current regime running the US risks plunging the world into war with its hegemonistic belligerence in general and escalating provocation of China in particular.

Trump’s America has become an unstoppable, out-of-control bully
Just Saying | Hong Kong stares into Covid-19 abyss and has only itself to blame

Yonden Lhatoo laments the complacency that has rolled back the city’s exemplary success against the coronavirus and left it battling a resurgent crisis that threatens to overwhelm the public health care system.

18 Jul 2020 - 10:30PM

Yonden Lhatoo laments the complacency that has rolled back the city’s exemplary success against the coronavirus and left it battling a resurgent crisis that threatens to overwhelm the public health care system.

Hong Kong stares into Covid-19 abyss and has only itself to blame
Just Saying | My first death threat since the arrival of Hong Kong’s much-feared national security law

Yonden Lhatoo gets personal while reflecting upon the intolerance and intimidation that goes on unchecked in this city in the name of democracy and the fight for freedom.

11 Jul 2020 - 10:18PM

Yonden Lhatoo gets personal while reflecting upon the intolerance and intimidation that goes on unchecked in this city in the name of democracy and the fight for freedom.

My first death threat since the arrival of Hong Kong’s much-feared national security law
Just Saying | Everybody loves kung fu fighting with China these days, it seems

Yonden Lhatoo is intrigued by the martial arts motif that keeps surfacing at every political battlefront for China, whether it involves Hong Kong, India or America

4 Jul 2020 - 10:40PM

Yonden Lhatoo is intrigued by the martial arts motif that keeps surfacing at every political battlefront for China, whether it involves Hong Kong, India or America

Everybody loves kung fu fighting with China these days, it seems
Just Saying | At least make America well again first, then carry on fighting China

Yonden Lhatoo sees the announcement of US sanctions on Chinese officials over Hong Kong as the latest distraction by a government which should be fighting a coronavirus catastrophe on its own home front as a priority.

27 Jun 2020 - 10:39PM

Yonden Lhatoo sees the announcement of US sanctions on Chinese officials over Hong Kong as the latest distraction by a government which should be fighting a coronavirus catastrophe on its own home front as a priority.

At least make America well again first, then carry on fighting China
Just Saying | Savage horror of India-China border clash serves as a warning to avoid the unthinkable

Yonden Lhatoo tries to make sense of what happened this week at a flash point along China’s disputed Himalayan border with India in the absence of a complete official account from either side.

20 Jun 2020 - 11:54PM

Yonden Lhatoo tries to make sense of what happened this week at a flash point along China’s disputed Himalayan border with India in the absence of a complete official account from either side.

Savage horror of India-China border clash serves as a warning to avoid the unthinkable
Just Saying | Will Hong Kong’s new national security law really put a stop to street violence and beatings?

Yonden Lhatoo breaks down Beijing’s promise that new legislation tailor-made for the city will ensure people ‘can speak the truth on the street without fear of being attacked’.

13 Jun 2020 - 11:05PM

Yonden Lhatoo breaks down Beijing’s promise that new legislation tailor-made for the city will ensure people ‘can speak the truth on the street without fear of being attacked’.

Will Hong Kong’s new national security law really put a stop to street violence and beatings?
Hong Kong 'heroes’ and American ‘terrorists’: Hypocrisy of US government’s war on its own protesters

SCMP Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo exposes the double standards as he contrasts Washington’s unrelenting support for Hong Kong’s social unrest while suppressing American anti-racism protests.

12 Jun 2020 - 5:08PM

SCMP Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo exposes the double standards as he contrasts Washington’s unrelenting support for Hong Kong’s social unrest while suppressing American anti-racism protests.

Hong Kong 'heroes’ and American ‘terrorists’: Hypocrisy of US government’s war on its own protesters
Just Saying | The unbearable hypocrisy of Donald Trump’s crackdown on peaceful US protests after supporting Hong Kong’s

Yonden Lhatoo says the very people who condemned the slightest move to restore law and order during Hong Kong’s social unrest are now unleashing a massive show of force on Americans protesting against racism

8 Jun 2020 - 10:14AM

Yonden Lhatoo says the very people who condemned the slightest move to restore law and order during Hong Kong’s social unrest are now unleashing a massive show of force on Americans protesting against racism

The unbearable hypocrisy of Donald Trump’s crackdown on peaceful US protests after supporting Hong Kong’s
Just Saying | While America burns, Donald Trump is busy ‘fixing’ Hong Kong’s problems

Yonden Lhatoo compares the outbreak of social unrest across the US with Hong Kong’s protests to highlight the sheer hypocrisy of Washington’s cynical anti-China campaign.

30 May 2020 - 10:34PM

Yonden Lhatoo compares the outbreak of social unrest across the US with Hong Kong’s protests to highlight the sheer hypocrisy of Washington’s cynical anti-China campaign.

While America burns, Donald Trump is busy ‘fixing’ Hong Kong’s problems
Just Saying | Is Hong Kong American or Chinese territory? Beijing’s new national security law seeks to set that straight

Yonden Lhatoo blames blatant interference by the US for the state of affairs prompting Beijing’s new legislation to protect national security, even as he expresses concerns about its unknown implications for the city.

23 May 2020 - 10:19PM

Yonden Lhatoo blames blatant interference by the US for the state of affairs prompting Beijing’s new legislation to protect national security, even as he expresses concerns about its unknown implications for the city.

Is Hong Kong American or Chinese territory? Beijing’s new national security law seeks to set that straight
Just Saying | Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam can use a page from Donald Trump’s playbook to handle hostile media

Yonden Lhatoo says the chief executive must learn to give as good as she gets from malicious journalists as she fights a losing propaganda war with her many detractors.

16 May 2020 - 10:35PM

Yonden Lhatoo says the chief executive must learn to give as good as she gets from malicious journalists as she fights a losing propaganda war with her many detractors.

Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam can use a page from Donald Trump’s playbook to handle hostile media
Just Saying | Hong Kong police need to be whiter than white to shed their ‘black’ label as protests return

The public relations disaster gripping the police force over the recent arrests of officers has serious implications for tackling social unrest as the coronavirus crisis eases and anti-government protests return.

9 May 2020 - 10:50PM

The public relations disaster gripping the police force over the recent arrests of officers has serious implications for tackling social unrest as the coronavirus crisis eases and anti-government protests return.

Hong Kong police need to be whiter than white to shed their ‘black’ label as protests return
Just Saying | China-US Cold War heats up with coronavirus conspiracy and cover-up charges

Yonden Lhatoo breaks down Beijing’s latest broadside at Washington in the context of the growing hostility between the world’s biggest economic and military powers.

2 May 2020 - 10:05PM

Yonden Lhatoo breaks down Beijing’s latest broadside at Washington in the context of the growing hostility between the world’s biggest economic and military powers.

China-US Cold War heats up with coronavirus conspiracy and cover-up charges
Just Saying | Donald Trump’s coronavirus ‘cure’ ideas are not just crazy but more dangerous than the disease

Yonden Lhatoo is more alarmed than amused by the US president’s outlandish theories on curing Covid-19 by injecting patients with disinfectants or bombarding them with UV light.

26 Apr 2020 - 9:33AM

Yonden Lhatoo is more alarmed than amused by the US president’s outlandish theories on curing Covid-19 by injecting patients with disinfectants or bombarding them with UV light.

Donald Trump’s coronavirus ‘cure’ ideas are not just crazy but more dangerous than the disease
Just Saying | If not racism, what’s stopping Hong Kong from rescuing its citizens trapped in India’s coronavirus lockdown?

Yonden Lhatoo says the official apathy displayed to those pleading for evacuation from India raises uncomfortable questions about ethnicity in deciding who is a ‘real’ Hongkonger deserving of help.

25 Apr 2020 - 6:10PM

Yonden Lhatoo says the official apathy displayed to those pleading for evacuation from India raises uncomfortable questions about ethnicity in deciding who is a ‘real’ Hongkonger deserving of help.

If not racism, what’s stopping Hong Kong from rescuing its citizens trapped in India’s coronavirus lockdown?
Just Saying | Coronavirus social distancing becoming a joke in Hong Kong that will end in tears for everyone

Yonden Lhatoo is alarmed by the combination of complacency and ‘Covidiocy’ that threatens to unravel the city’s success story so far in keeping the coronavirus crisis under control.

25 Apr 2020 - 6:13PM

Yonden Lhatoo is alarmed by the combination of complacency and ‘Covidiocy’ that threatens to unravel the city’s success story so far in keeping the coronavirus crisis under control.

Coronavirus social distancing becoming a joke in Hong Kong that will end in tears for everyone
Just Saying | Greedy landlords must be forced to cut rent in coronavirus crisis

Yonden Lhatoo calls for government intervention to deal with unscrupulous property owners who continue to profit while tenants struggle to meet monthly payments as the health emergency takes its toll on jobs and income.

5 Apr 2020 - 9:06AM

Yonden Lhatoo calls for government intervention to deal with unscrupulous property owners who continue to profit while tenants struggle to meet monthly payments as the health emergency takes its toll on jobs and income.

Greedy landlords must be forced to cut rent in coronavirus crisis
Just Saying | Blame Boris Johnson for giving my colleague the coronavirus

Yonden Lhatoo takes it personally after a British co-worker tests positive for Covid-19, and pins it on a negligent prime minister for his arrogance, indifference and indolence in responding to a global public health crisis.

28 Mar 2020 - 10:11PM

Yonden Lhatoo takes it personally after a British co-worker tests positive for Covid-19, and pins it on a negligent prime minister for his arrogance, indifference and indolence in responding to a global public health crisis.

Blame Boris Johnson for giving my colleague the coronavirus
Just Saying | Selfish, reckless people squander Hong Kong’s hard-fought gains in the war against the coronavirus

Yonden Lhatoo is distressed by a sudden surge in imported and community-spread Covid-19 infections in the city, and condemns the carelessness and complacency behind the rebounding crisis.

25 Apr 2020 - 6:14PM

Yonden Lhatoo is distressed by a sudden surge in imported and community-spread Covid-19 infections in the city, and condemns the carelessness and complacency behind the rebounding crisis.

Selfish, reckless people squander Hong Kong’s hard-fought gains in the war against the coronavirus
Why is China peddling a coronavirus conspiracy theory?

SCMP Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo warns that the two countries are taking mudslinging to a dangerous new level with conspiracy theories.

18 Mar 2020 - 6:00AM

SCMP Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo warns that the two countries are taking mudslinging to a dangerous new level with conspiracy theories.

Why is China peddling a coronavirus conspiracy theory?
Just Saying | Why China is amplifying a conspiracy theory to blame America for coronavirus crisis

Yonden Lhatoo breaks down a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman’s claim that the US military is behind the Covid-19 pandemic, highlighting the extent of mistrust and toxic state of relations between the two sides.

14 Mar 2020 - 10:36PM

Yonden Lhatoo breaks down a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman’s claim that the US military is behind the Covid-19 pandemic, highlighting the extent of mistrust and toxic state of relations between the two sides.

Why China is amplifying a conspiracy theory to blame America for coronavirus crisis
After China, is America the next big coronavirus threat to the world?

Now that China has managed to get a grip on the coronavirus crisis within its own borders, the SCMP’s Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo asks some awkward questions about what the US is doing.

12 Mar 2020 - 6:00AM

Now that China has managed to get a grip on the coronavirus crisis within its own borders, the SCMP’s Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo asks some awkward questions about what the US is doing.

After China, is America the next big coronavirus threat to the world?
Never mind China, look to the US for the next big coronavirus crisis
Just Saying | Careful, you can still catch the coronavirus from your dog even if it is not actually infected

Yonden Lhatoo takes a closer look at the case of a coronavirus patient’s Pomeranian under quarantine and what it means for pet owners amid a worsening public health crisis.

1 Mar 2020 - 8:39AM

Yonden Lhatoo takes a closer look at the case of a coronavirus patient’s Pomeranian under quarantine and what it means for pet owners amid a worsening public health crisis.

Careful, you can still catch the coronavirus from your dog even if it is not actually infected
Just Saying | Singapore ‘idiot’s guide’ to coronavirus crisis control: don’t do it like Hong Kong

Yonden Lhatoo strongly recommends listening to the recent rant by the city state’s trade minister, against panic-stricken citizens snapping up masks and stockpiling essential goods when there is no need to.

25 Feb 2020 - 2:54PM

Yonden Lhatoo strongly recommends listening to the recent rant by the city state’s trade minister, against panic-stricken citizens snapping up masks and stockpiling essential goods when there is no need to.

Singapore ‘idiot’s guide’ to coronavirus crisis control: don’t do it like Hong Kong
Can we trust in Donald Trump’s claim that the coronavirus crisis will ‘go away in April’?
Just Saying | Hong Kong’s despicable hospital strike over coronavirus crisis is just a taste of more to come

Yonden Lhatoo condemns public hospital workers for abandoning their patients for the sake of politics, and warns of more disruptions by unionised anti-government activists in the year ahead.

8 Feb 2020 - 10:23PM

Yonden Lhatoo condemns public hospital workers for abandoning their patients for the sake of politics, and warns of more disruptions by unionised anti-government activists in the year ahead.

Hong Kong’s despicable hospital strike over coronavirus crisis is just a taste of more to come