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 SCMP in 2015.

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Just Saying | Sorry, old chaps, for making light of Megxit and branding Britain’s royal family as useless

Yonden Lhatoo is taken aback by the depth of feeling Hong Kong’s British residents have for the House of Windsor and offers an apology – of sorts – for offending them.

18 Jan 2020 - 11:00PM

Yonden Lhatoo is taken aback by the depth of feeling Hong Kong’s British residents have for the House of Windsor and offers an apology – of sorts – for offending them.

Sorry, old chaps, for making light of Megxit and branding Britain’s royal family as useless
Just Saying | Megxit schmexit – there’s no bigger waste of time, space and money than the UK’s royal family

Yonden Lhatoo rubbishes the latest news cycle concerning the British royal family and questions the justification for maintaining a useless monarchy at the expense of taxpayers.

12 Jan 2020 - 12:36PM

Yonden Lhatoo rubbishes the latest news cycle concerning the British royal family and questions the justification for maintaining a useless monarchy at the expense of taxpayers.

Megxit schmexit – there’s no bigger waste of time, space and money than the UK’s royal family
Just Saying | Never mind Hong Kong’s revolution, the world is about to go to war

Yonden Lhatoo takes a break from stressing over the city’s long-running social turmoil to start worrying about a potentially catastrophic war brewing in the Middle East.

9 Jan 2020 - 11:15AM

Yonden Lhatoo takes a break from stressing over the city’s long-running social turmoil to start worrying about a potentially catastrophic war brewing in the Middle East.

Never mind Hong Kong’s revolution, the world is about to go to war
Happy New Year from Hong Kong – and bah humbug!

SCMP Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo's New Year message is a reality check from a city still in endless turmoil.

30 Dec 2019 - 5:58PM

SCMP Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo's New Year message is a reality check from a city still in endless turmoil.

Happy New Year from Hong Kong – and bah humbug!
Just Saying | No Happy New Year ahead for Hong Kong, just endless protest chaos for the foreseeable future

Get used to it, Yonden Lhatoo says, because nothing is changing, nobody is coming to the rescue, and no one has any panacea for the most destructive and debilitating social and political crisis since the city’s return to China.

30 Dec 2019 - 7:11PM

Get used to it, Yonden Lhatoo says, because nothing is changing, nobody is coming to the rescue, and no one has any panacea for the most destructive and debilitating social and political crisis since the city’s return to China.

No Happy New Year ahead for Hong Kong, just endless protest chaos for the foreseeable future
Just Saying | Fine then, let’s disband Hong Kong’s police force if that’s what the people want

Yonden Lhatoo says public mistrust and hatred of the city’s police has reached a stage where criminal activity has become acceptable to many while law enforcement is no longer welcome.

21 Dec 2019 - 10:37PM

Yonden Lhatoo says public mistrust and hatred of the city’s police has reached a stage where criminal activity has become acceptable to many while law enforcement is no longer welcome.

Fine then, let’s disband Hong Kong’s police force if that’s what the people want
Just Saying | Hong Kong’s revolution is sliding into terrorism with home-made bombs primed to kill and maim

Yonden Lhatoo says radicals on the front lines of the city’s protest movement building powerful, improvised explosive devices are ticking all the defining boxes of textbook terrorism while we still argue over calling them rioters.

14 Dec 2019 - 10:43PM

Yonden Lhatoo says radicals on the front lines of the city’s protest movement building powerful, improvised explosive devices are ticking all the defining boxes of textbook terrorism while we still argue over calling them rioters.

Hong Kong’s revolution is sliding into terrorism with home-made bombs primed to kill and maim
Just Saying | The extent of Hong Kong’s crisis: let the numbers do the talking

Just how bad has it become in the city? Yonden Lhatoo says the numbers tell the story after six months of mass protests, street violence and social strife, with no end in sight.

7 Dec 2019 - 10:22PM

Just how bad has it become in the city? Yonden Lhatoo says the numbers tell the story after six months of mass protests, street violence and social strife, with no end in sight.

The extent of Hong Kong’s crisis: let the numbers do the talking
Just Saying | Cutting off Hong Kong’s nose to spite China is nothing to celebrate

Yonden Lhatoo is appalled by the sheer ignorance of celebrations on the streets after the passage of legislation by Washington that will hurt Hongkongers more than anyone else – and Americans, too.

30 Nov 2019 - 11:06PM

Yonden Lhatoo is appalled by the sheer ignorance of celebrations on the streets after the passage of legislation by Washington that will hurt Hongkongers more than anyone else – and Americans, too.

Cutting off Hong Kong’s nose to spite China is nothing to celebrate
Just Saying | 14 minutes to obliterate Hong Kong: deconstructing Donald Trump’s bizarre boast

Yonden Lhatoo breaks down the US president’s astonishing claim that he stopped his Chinese counterpart from wiping out the protest-torn city with a million PLA troops

23 Nov 2019 - 11:03PM

Yonden Lhatoo breaks down the US president’s astonishing claim that he stopped his Chinese counterpart from wiping out the protest-torn city with a million PLA troops

14 minutes to obliterate Hong Kong: deconstructing Donald Trump’s bizarre boast
Just Saying | Is there no limit to US hypocrisy in exploiting Hong Kong’s crisis?

Yonden Lhatoo calls out grandstanding American politicians who care nothing for the well-being of the city while using it as a pawn against Beijing.

16 Nov 2019 - 11:11PM

Yonden Lhatoo calls out grandstanding American politicians who care nothing for the well-being of the city while using it as a pawn against Beijing.

Is there no limit to US hypocrisy in exploiting Hong Kong’s crisis?
Just Saying | Taiwan is playing Hong Kong like a fiddle while the city burns

Yonden Lhatoo says the city has been outclassed and outmanoeuvred in a political game over the fate of young murder suspect that Taiwan is playing to cynical perfection

26 Oct 2019 - 10:20PM

Yonden Lhatoo says the city has been outclassed and outmanoeuvred in a political game over the fate of young murder suspect that Taiwan is playing to cynical perfection

Taiwan is playing Hong Kong like a fiddle while the city burns
Hong Kong protests: is there a silent majority yearning to speak out but intimidated by violence?

Constant demonstrations and anti-police graffiti have become pervasive in the city, drowning out criticism of the recent movement.

22 Oct 2019 - 12:23AM

Constant demonstrations and anti-police graffiti have become pervasive in the city, drowning out criticism of the recent movement.

Hong Kong protests: is there a silent majority yearning to speak out but intimidated by violence?
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