Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam and China's President Xi Jinping arrive at the opening ceremony of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge at Zhuhai port on October 23. Photo: AFP Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam and China's President Xi Jinping arrive at the opening ceremony of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge at Zhuhai port on October 23. Photo: AFP
Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam and China's President Xi Jinping arrive at the opening ceremony of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge at Zhuhai port on October 23. Photo: AFP
Kevin Rafferty
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Opinion

Kevin Rafferty

British colonial officials fought hard for Hong Kong and its people, so why can’t Carrie Lam?

  • Kevin Rafferty says the chief executive has failed Hong Kong by clamping down on talk of independence and self-determination. And if the latest ban on Victor Mallet was ordered by Beijing, it calls into question Hong Kong’s future

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam and China's President Xi Jinping arrive at the opening ceremony of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge at Zhuhai port on October 23. Photo: AFP Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam and China's President Xi Jinping arrive at the opening ceremony of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge at Zhuhai port on October 23. Photo: AFP
Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam and China's President Xi Jinping arrive at the opening ceremony of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge at Zhuhai port on October 23. Photo: AFP
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Kevin Rafferty

Kevin Rafferty

Kevin Rafferty, a journalist for 50 years, started writing about cricket and football for The Observer when at Oxford University. He joined the foreign staff of the Financial Times, was in charge of the FT’s Asian coverage, and opened the paper’s first Hong Kong office. He has lived and worked in Delhi, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, and Washington, and edited daily papers in 30 major cities during IMF and multilateral development bank meetings. He was professor in the Institute for Academic Initiatives at Osaka University.