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.

Latest from Yonden Lhatoo

Just Saying | Howard Lam kidnap case is Hong Kong’s version of Jussie Smollett fiasco, only more cringeworthy

Yonden Lhatoo says the city’s leading opposition politicians should be ashamed and apologise, now that their story about a colleague being kidnapped and tortured by Beijing agents has turned out to be fake news.

16 Mar 2019 - 10:41PM

Yonden Lhatoo says the city’s leading opposition politicians should be ashamed and apologise, now that their story about a colleague being kidnapped and tortured by Beijing agents has turned out to be fake news.

Howard Lam kidnap case is Hong Kong’s version of Jussie Smollett fiasco, only more cringeworthy
Just Saying | Hong Kong’s taxi mafia is real and Uber has no chance against thugs who won’t tolerate competition

Yonden Lhatoo despairs at the sorry state of the city’s taxi services and asks why no action is being taken against thugs in the business who are shutting out competition through intimidation and collusion.

9 Mar 2019 - 10:28PM

Yonden Lhatoo despairs at the sorry state of the city’s taxi services and asks why no action is being taken against thugs in the business who are shutting out competition through intimidation and collusion.

Hong Kong’s taxi mafia is real and Uber has no chance against thugs who won’t tolerate competition
Opinion | Here’s someone you can blame if India and Pakistan wipe each other out in a nuclear war

Yonden Lhatoo calls out the subcontinent’s hysterical and bloodthirsty media for blatantly beating the drums of war as the two neighbours stare into the nuclear abyss.

2 Mar 2019 - 11:37PM

Yonden Lhatoo calls out the subcontinent’s hysterical and bloodthirsty media for blatantly beating the drums of war as the two neighbours stare into the nuclear abyss.

Here’s someone you can blame if India and Pakistan wipe each other out in a nuclear war
Just Saying | Jussie Smollett and Nick Sandmann prove Donald Trump can be right about the ‘fake news media’ bias against him

Yonden Lhatoo cites the cases of a gay actor and a Catholic high school pupil to illustrate how the US president is regularly maligned by the liberal media.

23 Feb 2019 - 10:21PM

Yonden Lhatoo cites the cases of a gay actor and a Catholic high school pupil to illustrate how the US president is regularly maligned by the liberal media.

Jussie Smollett and Nick Sandmann prove Donald Trump can be right about the ‘fake news media’ bias against him
Michelle Obama is the only one who can beat Donald Trump in 2020 – if only she would run
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the crazy rich Asian takeaway
Just Saying | Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign to make the super rich pay higher taxes should inspire us all, even if it’s doomed to fail

Yonden Lhatoo hails a growing campaign in American politics to force the ultra-rich to pay higher taxes, even if the reformers pushing for a fairer system may never win their idealistic war

9 Feb 2019 - 10:27PM

Yonden Lhatoo hails a growing campaign in American politics to force the ultra-rich to pay higher taxes, even if the reformers pushing for a fairer system may never win their idealistic war

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign to make the super rich pay higher taxes should inspire us all, even if it’s doomed to fail
On Reflection | Never mind not feeding the trolls – here’s a feast for SCMP readers

The general consensus is that internet bullies are sad specimens of humanity who get sadistic satisfaction from causing pain to others. Those who lurk in the SCMP’s comment sections are a particularly odious breed

9 Feb 2019 - 2:03PM

The general consensus is that internet bullies are sad specimens of humanity who get sadistic satisfaction from causing pain to others. Those who lurk in the SCMP’s comment sections are a particularly odious breed

Never mind not feeding the trolls – here’s a feast for SCMP readers
Let’s face it, Hong Kong’s law against racism is completely useless
Just Saying | Red Dead Redemption 2: my addiction to an amazing video game that brings out the worst in human behaviour

Yonden Lhatoo confesses to an addiction relapse while playing his most-anticipated video game in a decade, but is also disturbed by the murderous and sadistic behaviour of other players online.

26 Jan 2019 - 11:04PM

Yonden Lhatoo confesses to an addiction relapse while playing his most-anticipated video game in a decade, but is also disturbed by the murderous and sadistic behaviour of other players online.

Red Dead Redemption 2: my addiction to an amazing video game that brings out the worst in human behaviour
Just Saying | God help us all, Donald Trump is making fast food great again

Yonden Lhatoo is still picking his jaw up off the floor after the US president orders junk food from McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King for a candlelit banquet at the White House.

19 Jan 2019 - 10:14PM

Yonden Lhatoo is still picking his jaw up off the floor after the US president orders junk food from McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King for a candlelit banquet at the White House.

God help us all, Donald Trump is making fast food great again
Just Saying | A biblical lesson for Hong Kong’s heartless leader, Carrie Lam, on the pitfalls of pride

Yonden Lhatoo blames a heartless chief executive and incompetent legislature for the raging controversy over imposing a higher age threshold on the city’s elderly welfare recipients

14 Jan 2019 - 3:11PM

Yonden Lhatoo blames a heartless chief executive and incompetent legislature for the raging controversy over imposing a higher age threshold on the city’s elderly welfare recipients

A biblical lesson for Hong Kong’s heartless leader, Carrie Lam, on the pitfalls of pride
Just Saying | Most Hongkongers are fine with their freedoms, the rest is noise

Yonden Lhatoo counters the resurgent narrative about the erosion of freedoms and rights in the city, arguing that the evidence shows the vast majority of people are still enjoying them.

5 Jan 2019 - 10:12PM

Yonden Lhatoo counters the resurgent narrative about the erosion of freedoms and rights in the city, arguing that the evidence shows the vast majority of people are still enjoying them.

Most Hongkongers are fine with their freedoms, the rest is noise
Just Saying | Are mainland Chinese ruining Hong Kong or propping it up?

Yonden Lhatoo says the latest surge of anti-mainland sentiment triggered by visitors flooding some districts is a matter that requires measured handling, not politicisation, grandstanding and scaremongering.

29 Dec 2018 - 10:11PM

Yonden Lhatoo says the latest surge of anti-mainland sentiment triggered by visitors flooding some districts is a matter that requires measured handling, not politicisation, grandstanding and scaremongering.

Are mainland Chinese ruining Hong Kong or propping it up?
Just Saying | Is Donald Trump ending the era of US military intervention? Bring it on!

Yonden Lhatoo welcomes the US president’s shock move to pull his troops out of Syria and dares hope it’s the start of a strategic trend that eventually ends American military intervention around the world.

22 Dec 2018 - 10:19PM

Yonden Lhatoo welcomes the US president’s shock move to pull his troops out of Syria and dares hope it’s the start of a strategic trend that eventually ends American military intervention around the world.

Is Donald Trump ending the era of US military intervention? Bring it on!
Just Saying | Google search makes Trump the world’s top idiot, but is it fair?

Yonden Lhatoo is both amused and intrigued by Americans’ obsession with the word ‘idiot’ in the context of their 45th president, which is pitting politics against technology.

18 Dec 2018 - 7:37AM

Yonden Lhatoo is both amused and intrigued by Americans’ obsession with the word ‘idiot’ in the context of their 45th president, which is pitting politics against technology.

Google search makes Trump the world’s top idiot, but is it fair?
Just Saying | The death of George H.W. Bush: making another genocidal American leader great again

Yonden Lhatoo counters the mainstream narrative about the ‘greatness’ of former US president George H.W. Bush, arguing that it stems from a low base of comparison with and opposition to President Donald Trump.

8 Dec 2018 - 11:00PM

Yonden Lhatoo counters the mainstream narrative about the ‘greatness’ of former US president George H.W. Bush, arguing that it stems from a low base of comparison with and opposition to President Donald Trump.

The death of George H.W. Bush: making another genocidal American leader great again
Just Saying | Jack Ma is a Communist Party member – so what?

Yonden Lhatoo explains some basics on China and journalism to alarmists on the impact of the Alibaba founder’s party affiliation on editorial independence at the Post.

1 Dec 2018 - 10:28PM

Yonden Lhatoo explains some basics on China and journalism to alarmists on the impact of the Alibaba founder’s party affiliation on editorial independence at the Post.

Jack Ma is a Communist Party member – so what?
Just Saying | De Beers is fighting ‘fake’ diamonds from China, but who’s the real fake?

After spending decades trying to suppress and ostracise the synthetic diamond industry, De Beers did a complete U-turn this year, marketing its own lab-grown stones as a more “casual” alternative for “birthdays and fun”, rather than weightier occasions.

24 Nov 2018 - 10:16PM

After spending decades trying to suppress and ostracise the synthetic diamond industry, De Beers did a complete U-turn this year, marketing its own lab-grown stones as a more “casual” alternative for “birthdays and fun”, rather than weightier occasions.

De Beers is fighting ‘fake’ diamonds from China, but who’s the real fake?
Not really a superhero – Stan Lee’s troubling tendency to take credit for the work of other, greater talents

Yonden Lhatoo examines the legacy of the man behind the Marvel Comics phenomenon, arguing that he may not have been the creative genius he is made out to be.

17 Nov 2018 - 10:10PM

Yonden Lhatoo examines the legacy of the man behind the Marvel Comics phenomenon, arguing that he may not have been the creative genius he is made out to be.

Not really a superhero – Stan Lee’s troubling tendency to take credit for the work of other, greater talents
Just Saying | Midterm, schmidterm – Trump is sure to win a second term now

Yonden Lhatoo can’t help feeling impressed by the one-man political juggernaut that is the US president, arguing that he is well on his way to re-election in 2020, and the midterm election setback is no big deal.

10 Nov 2018 - 10:18PM

Yonden Lhatoo can’t help feeling impressed by the one-man political juggernaut that is the US president, arguing that he is well on his way to re-election in 2020, and the midterm election setback is no big deal.

Midterm, schmidterm – Trump is sure to win a second term now
Just Saying | Why Hong Kong is no gateway to China when it comes to legalising marijuana

Yonden Lhatoo looks at how the city is unmoved by the global trend of increasingly liberal attitudes towards cannabis and shifting perceptions in the region regarding its use, especially for medicinal purposes.

9 Nov 2018 - 6:20AM

Yonden Lhatoo looks at how the city is unmoved by the global trend of increasingly liberal attitudes towards cannabis and shifting perceptions in the region regarding its use, especially for medicinal purposes.

Why Hong Kong is no gateway to China when it comes to legalising marijuana
Just Saying | Kingpin, the ultimate villain in Netflix’s Daredevil, and the Donald Trump connection

Yonden Lhatoo compares the best bad guy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the US president and draws parallels with the real-life drama currently gripping America

27 Oct 2018 - 10:29PM

Yonden Lhatoo compares the best bad guy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the US president and draws parallels with the real-life drama currently gripping America

Kingpin, the ultimate villain in Netflix’s Daredevil, and the Donald Trump connection
Just Saying | What’s the life of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to US President Donald Trump? Nothing

Yonden Lhatoo reflects on the horror of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi’s killing and laments there will be no justice for him because of the vast influence the kingdom buys with oil money.

23 Oct 2018 - 11:51AM

Yonden Lhatoo reflects on the horror of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi’s killing and laments there will be no justice for him because of the vast influence the kingdom buys with oil money.

What’s the life of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to US President Donald Trump? Nothing
Just Saying | Nice job banning e-cigarettes, Carrie. Now for a total ban on all tobacco to show true grit

Yonden Lhatoo applauds the chief executive’s bold move to outlaw e-cigarettes and new smoking products, but urges her to show real courage by taking on the bigger guns and slapping a wider ban on traditional tobacco.

13 Oct 2018 - 10:43PM

Yonden Lhatoo applauds the chief executive’s bold move to outlaw e-cigarettes and new smoking products, but urges her to show real courage by taking on the bigger guns and slapping a wider ban on traditional tobacco.

Nice job banning e-cigarettes, Carrie. Now for a total ban on all tobacco to show true grit
Just Saying | Death by selfie: why are so many people dying so needlessly?

Yonden Lhatoo examines new research on selfie deaths around the world, and cites examples in Hong Kong of people risking life and limb to capture the ‘perfect’ moment with their smartphones.

6 Oct 2018 - 11:02PM

Yonden Lhatoo examines new research on selfie deaths around the world, and cites examples in Hong Kong of people risking life and limb to capture the ‘perfect’ moment with their smartphones.

Death by selfie: why are so many people dying so needlessly?
Just Saying | Rats! Hong Kong finally beats Singapore at something

Yonden Lhatoo warns the city has gone back to the bad old days of poor hygiene as it reports the world’s first case of human infection by a strain of hepatitis E previously confined to rats

30 Sep 2018 - 12:57PM

Yonden Lhatoo warns the city has gone back to the bad old days of poor hygiene as it reports the world’s first case of human infection by a strain of hepatitis E previously confined to rats

Rats! Hong Kong finally beats Singapore at something
Just Saying | High-speed rail saga exposes sorry state of anti-China paranoia in Hong Kong

Yonden Lhatoo says the multiple conspiracy theories surrounding the new, cross-border link show the unbelievable extent to which anti-China sentiment can travel in this city.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

Yonden Lhatoo says the multiple conspiracy theories surrounding the new, cross-border link show the unbelievable extent to which anti-China sentiment can travel in this city.

High-speed rail saga exposes sorry state of anti-China paranoia in Hong Kong
Just Saying | So Donald Trump’s ‘America first’ means it’s open season on war crimes?

Yonden Lhatoo is dismayed, but not the least bit surprised, by US national security adviser John Bolton’s reprehensible attempt to bully and intimidate the International Criminal Court.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

Yonden Lhatoo is dismayed, but not the least bit surprised, by US national security adviser John Bolton’s reprehensible attempt to bully and intimidate the International Criminal Court.

So Donald Trump’s ‘America first’ means it’s open season on war crimes?
Just Saying | Is ‘gweilo’ really a racist word? Hong Kong just can’t decide

Yonden Lhatoo shakes his head at the on-again, off-again debate over the use of the word that is obviously racist in its roots, but has become benign due to widespread acceptance among Caucasians themselves.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

Yonden Lhatoo shakes his head at the on-again, off-again debate over the use of the word that is obviously racist in its roots, but has become benign due to widespread acceptance among Caucasians themselves.

Is ‘gweilo’ really a racist word? Hong Kong just can’t decide