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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UK ramps up cynical campaign of sabotage against Hong Kong in its geopolitical struggle with China

SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo unpacks what he sees as Britain’s metamorphosis from Hong Kong’s former colonial master to meddlesome critic and now open enemy.

SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo unpacks what he sees as Britain’s metamorphosis from Hong Kong’s former colonial master to meddlesome critic and now open enemy.

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Hong Kong set to confirm new leader in one-man election

In this issue of Global Impact, we unpack the context and implications of Hong Kong's leadership transition, and look ahead to the next five years.

In this issue of Global Impact, we unpack the context and implications of Hong Kong's leadership transition, and look ahead to the next five years.

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How can China and US stop stumbling towards war? David Shambaugh on Talking Post with Yonden Lhatoo

China and the United States are locked in a geopolitical struggle that shows no sign of easing. American political science professor and leading China scholar David Shambaugh has been analysing China’s moves for the last four decades. In the latest episode of Talking Post, the author of new book, China’s Leaders: From Mao to Now, speaks to SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo about the threat of war, China’s Communist Party and more.

China and the United States are locked in a geopolitical struggle that shows no sign of easing. American political science professor and leading China scholar David Shambaugh has been analysing China’s moves for the last four decades. In the latest episode of Talking Post, the author of new book, China’s Leaders: From Mao to Now, speaks to SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo about the threat of war, China’s Communist Party and more.

12 Feb 2022 - 10:00AM
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What leadership does HK need? Former Chief Executive CY Leung on Talking Post with Yonden Lhatoo

CY Leung was Hong Kong chief executive for a single term that ended in 2017. Now, as an elder statesman trusted by Beijing, he has become an active, vocal and influential figure in the city’s affairs. And he has kept everyone guessing as to whether he wants to take another shot at Hong Kong’s top job in a changed political environment after the anti-government protests of 2019.

CY Leung was Hong Kong chief executive for a single term that ended in 2017. Now, as an elder statesman trusted by Beijing, he has become an active, vocal and influential figure in the city’s affairs. And he has kept everyone guessing as to whether he wants to take another shot at Hong Kong’s top job in a changed political environment after the anti-government protests of 2019.

27 Jan 2022 - 8:00AM
Are we alone? Chris Hadfield on UFOs, the ISS and China in space | Talking Post with Yonden Lhatoo

While many may know him for singing David Bowie’s Space Oddity in orbit, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is a man of many more accomplishments. A former International Space Station (ISS) commander, fighter pilot and engineer, Hadfield has made space accessible to millions on Earth through his videos. In the latest episode of Talking Post, the astronaut and author of The Apollo Murders joins SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo to discuss the final frontier, aliens, the ISS and China’s space programme.

While many may know him for singing David Bowie’s Space Oddity in orbit, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is a man of many more accomplishments. A former International Space Station (ISS) commander, fighter pilot and engineer, Hadfield has made space accessible to millions on Earth through his videos. In the latest episode of Talking Post, the astronaut and author of The Apollo Murders joins SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo to discuss the final frontier, aliens, the ISS and China’s space programme.

11 Feb 2022 - 4:10PM
12 Apr 2022 - 8:54PM
The insufferable hypocrisy of Western governments hell-bent on destroying Julian Assange

In his New Year’s message, SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo demands Western governments free WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange before preaching press freedom to everyone else. 

In his New Year’s message, SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo demands Western governments free WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange before preaching press freedom to everyone else. 

17 Feb 2022 - 10:37AM
Battle line drawn for China vs the West over Hong Kong’s first ‘patriots-only’ election

In this issue of Global Impact, we unpack the results of the Hong Kong Legislative Council election. 

In this issue of Global Impact, we unpack the results of the Hong Kong Legislative Council election. 

27 Dec 2021 - 2:00PM
How China is losing the information war to the West | Wang Huiyao on Talking Post with Yonden Lhatoo

In a world dominated by an anti-China narrative, telling China’s side of the story can be a losing battle. On the front line of the struggle is Dr Wang Huiyao, founder of Beijing-based non-governmental think tank Centre for China and Globalisation. In the seventh episode of Talking Post, the Beijing government adviser speaks to SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo about China's credibility problem, human rights and more.

In a world dominated by an anti-China narrative, telling China’s side of the story can be a losing battle. On the front line of the struggle is Dr Wang Huiyao, founder of Beijing-based non-governmental think tank Centre for China and Globalisation. In the seventh episode of Talking Post, the Beijing government adviser speaks to SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo about China's credibility problem, human rights and more.

17 Feb 2022 - 10:40AM
Vera Wang on fashion philosophy, China trends and anti-Asian hate | Talking Post with Yonden Lhatoo

Pioneering designer Vera Wang is arguably the biggest Asian-American name in high fashion. From bridal wear to red carpet gowns, the child of Chinese immigrants has stamped her mark on fashion. In the sixth episode of Talking Post with SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo, Wang opens up about her personal journey, discusses the current state of haute couture, and even critiques the host’s clothing.    

Pioneering designer Vera Wang is arguably the biggest Asian-American name in high fashion. From bridal wear to red carpet gowns, the child of Chinese immigrants has stamped her mark on fashion. In the sixth episode of Talking Post with SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo, Wang opens up about her personal journey, discusses the current state of haute couture, and even critiques the host’s clothing.    

17 Feb 2022 - 11:24AM
Why a big, bad American banker had to make a humble apology to China

JPMorgan Chase boss Jamie Dimon makes fun of China, then apologises. What does it mean? SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo looks at the lesson to be learned. 
 

JPMorgan Chase boss Jamie Dimon makes fun of China, then apologises. What does it mean? SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo looks at the lesson to be learned. 
 

3 Jan 2022 - 2:01PM
Hong Kong’s comeback queen? City leader Carrie Lam on Talking Post with Yonden Lhatoo

After bearing the brunt of public anger and international criticism over the 2019 protests, Chief Executive Carrie Lam now says she is “steeled” to meet any challenges as she spearheads sweeping changes in Hong Kong. In the fifth episode of Talking Post with SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo, Lam addresses concerns about where she is taking Hong Kong and defends her contentious legacy. Lam also won’t reveal whether she will seek a second term, though she does not sound like someone who is bowing out.

After bearing the brunt of public anger and international criticism over the 2019 protests, Chief Executive Carrie Lam now says she is “steeled” to meet any challenges as she spearheads sweeping changes in Hong Kong. In the fifth episode of Talking Post with SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo, Lam addresses concerns about where she is taking Hong Kong and defends her contentious legacy. Lam also won’t reveal whether she will seek a second term, though she does not sound like someone who is bowing out.

27 Nov 2021 - 10:00AM
Are aliens among us? Michio Kaku on UFOs and China-US space race | Talking Post with Yonden Lhatoo

From UFOs to hypersonic weapons and China in space, American theoretical physicist and futurist Michio Kaku covers it all in the fourth episode of Talking Post with SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo. Nothing is off limits for the co-founder of string field theory and author of the new book The God Equation: The Quest for a Theory of Everything.

From UFOs to hypersonic weapons and China in space, American theoretical physicist and futurist Michio Kaku covers it all in the fourth episode of Talking Post with SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo. Nothing is off limits for the co-founder of string field theory and author of the new book The God Equation: The Quest for a Theory of Everything.

26 Nov 2021 - 11:12AM
Talking Post: Chef Gaggan Anand on ‘food racism’ and the future of fine dining, with Yonden Lhatoo

The coronavirus pandemic has brought the fine-dining world to its knees, and top chef Gaggan Anand was one of the high-profile casualties, but he’s raring to make a comeback. In the third episode of Talking Post, SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo chats with the star Indian chef about what he’s cooking up next, who makes the best Tibetan dumplings, and his contempt for the Michelin guide, among other reflections on food.

The coronavirus pandemic has brought the fine-dining world to its knees, and top chef Gaggan Anand was one of the high-profile casualties, but he’s raring to make a comeback. In the third episode of Talking Post, SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo chats with the star Indian chef about what he’s cooking up next, who makes the best Tibetan dumplings, and his contempt for the Michelin guide, among other reflections on food.

11 Nov 2021 - 2:01PM
Talking Post: Kevin Rudd unpacks the risk of war between China and the US with Yonden Lhatoo

Australia’s relations with China are at a new low after the formation of Aukus, a new security pact Canberra has made with the US and the UK – widely seen as an alliance to confront Beijing. In the second episode of Talking Post, SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo speaks with Kevin Rudd, former Australian prime minister and now head of the Asia Society global think tank. They discuss what Aukus means for the region and how it factors into the risk of war between China and a US-led Western alliance. 

Australia’s relations with China are at a new low after the formation of Aukus, a new security pact Canberra has made with the US and the UK – widely seen as an alliance to confront Beijing. In the second episode of Talking Post, SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo speaks with Kevin Rudd, former Australian prime minister and now head of the Asia Society global think tank. They discuss what Aukus means for the region and how it factors into the risk of war between China and a US-led Western alliance. 

11 Nov 2021 - 4:17PM
Hong Kong top cop Raymond Siu tells Yonden Lhatoo about challenges of policing after protests

In the first episode of Talking Post, SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo has a candid chat with Hong Kong Police Commissioner Raymond Siu on the current law and order situation following the anti-government protests and social turmoil of 2019. The new police chief talks about the police force, national security and the challenge of winning hearts and minds in a deeply divided city. 

In the first episode of Talking Post, SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo has a candid chat with Hong Kong Police Commissioner Raymond Siu on the current law and order situation following the anti-government protests and social turmoil of 2019. The new police chief talks about the police force, national security and the challenge of winning hearts and minds in a deeply divided city. 

24 Nov 2021 - 5:01PM
Why worry about a China-US nuclear war when we have Nicki Minaj?

SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo worries about how close China and the US may be coming to a nuclear conflict, but is distracted by the news cycle moving on to rapper Nicki Minaj’s Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy.  

SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo worries about how close China and the US may be coming to a nuclear conflict, but is distracted by the news cycle moving on to rapper Nicki Minaj’s Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy.  

17 Sep 2021 - 7:46PM
Why Nicole Kidman’s Hong Kong quarantine exemption is unfair

SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo says blame the system, not the Hollywood star, for inequality.

SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo says blame the system, not the Hollywood star, for inequality.

20 Aug 2021 - 6:01PM
A Hong Kong policeman is knifed in the back and people mourn his suicidal attacker

SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo calls out Hongkongers who lay flowers at the crime scene for a man who stabs a police officer in the back and kills himself.

SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo calls out Hongkongers who lay flowers at the crime scene for a man who stabs a police officer in the back and kills himself.

5 Jul 2021 - 8:17PM
China is fixing Hong Kong – but why not housing?

SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo has another go at the sorry state of housing in Hong Kong, where car parks are selling for world record-breaking prices.

SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo has another go at the sorry state of housing in Hong Kong, where car parks are selling for world record-breaking prices.

10 Jun 2021 - 5:25PM
Look who is being punished for the Hong Kong protests, and who is not

SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo calls out the adults who have fled Hong Kong, leaving children to pay the price as authorities in the city pursue criminal cases related to violent clashes between protesters and police starting in 2019. 

SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo calls out the adults who have fled Hong Kong, leaving children to pay the price as authorities in the city pursue criminal cases related to violent clashes between protesters and police starting in 2019. 

12 Apr 2021 - 6:22PM
Did China force US diplomats to take anal-swab Covid tests?

SCMP Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo has the low down on the latest sore point in China-US tensions.

SCMP Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo has the low down on the latest sore point in China-US tensions.

1 Mar 2021 - 7:49PM
China’s Rebel City: The Hong Kong Protests

Hong Kong's biggest political crisis since its return to mainland China, starts with an ill-conceived plan by the government for an extradition law to allow the transfer of suspects for trial to Taiwan, Macau and mainland China. It sparks a massive public backlash, drawing millions of protesters onto the streets. By the time the government agrees to drop the extradition bill, events on the streets have overtaken them and Hong Kong spirals out of control. The police, using tear gas and firing rubber bullets to disperse the crowds, find themselves overwhelmed by public resentment and hatred. 

Hong Kong's biggest political crisis since its return to mainland China, starts with an ill-conceived plan by the government for an extradition law to allow the transfer of suspects for trial to Taiwan, Macau and mainland China. It sparks a massive public backlash, drawing millions of protesters onto the streets. By the time the government agrees to drop the extradition bill, events on the streets have overtaken them and Hong Kong spirals out of control. The police, using tear gas and firing rubber bullets to disperse the crowds, find themselves overwhelmed by public resentment and hatred. 

1 Mar 2022 - 4:06PM
How do I relax? I don’t. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam’s life has no room for hobbies, only work

Confessed workaholic Lam says she is too busy to take a break – or even spend time talking to her husband.

Confessed workaholic Lam says she is too busy to take a break – or even spend time talking to her husband.

29 Nov 2020 - 10:45PM
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says she gets around sanctions by collecting her salary in cash

Hong Kong Leader Carrie Lam said she has been getting around sanctions that limit her ability to do banking by collecting her salary in cash. In an interview with the South China Morning Post, Lam told Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo that she only withdraws part of her salary and keeps it in a drawer at her residence in Government House. Lam and other Chinese and Hong Kong officials are the targets of US sanctions as a result of the national security law that Beijing imposed on Hong Kong in late June. The sanctions block the US-based assets of the individuals and US banks and businesses are generally prohibited from dealing with those officials.

Hong Kong Leader Carrie Lam said she has been getting around sanctions that limit her ability to do banking by collecting her salary in cash. In an interview with the South China Morning Post, Lam told Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo that she only withdraws part of her salary and keeps it in a drawer at her residence in Government House. Lam and other Chinese and Hong Kong officials are the targets of US sanctions as a result of the national security law that Beijing imposed on Hong Kong in late June. The sanctions block the US-based assets of the individuals and US banks and businesses are generally prohibited from dealing with those officials.

11 Dec 2020 - 9:54AM