Chris Patten and Derek Lam at a lunch hosted by the Democratic Foundation, in Central on September 20. Photo: Edward Wong

Hong Kong is not Singapore, don’t believe the ‘authoritarian’ hyperbole

John Chan says the freedom of speech enjoyed by Hong Kong’s anti-establishment leaders gives the lie to their fearmongering over the city entering an era of authoritarian rule

Topic |   Hong Kong Basic Law

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Chris Patten and Derek Lam at a lunch hosted by the Democratic Foundation, in Central on September 20. Photo: Edward Wong
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John Chan

John Chan

John Chan is a founding member of the Democratic Party, and also of its predecessor, the United Democrats of Hong Kong. A keen observer of local politics, he has been a regular commentator in the local press since the late 1980s. He worked briefly as a civil servant in the colonial government before turning to law. As a solicitor, he worked extensively on the mainland during the early years of China’s economic reform, where he gained an in-depth understanding of China's political, economic and social development.