The idea that Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam, and not Xi Jinping’s Communist Party, were pushing the proposed amendment to the extradition law is hard for many outside observers to accept. Photo: AFP
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Inside Out by David Dodwell

It’s China’s job to restore public trust in Hong Kong. Carrie Lam can’t do it alone

  • The Hong Kong government can’t convince the world its autonomy is intact when it’s assumed Beijing calls the shots
  • Carrie Lam’s government should focus on building bridges in the community, rather than consider mounting any global PR campaign

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The idea that Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam, and not Xi Jinping’s Communist Party, were pushing the proposed amendment to the extradition law is hard for many outside observers to accept. Photo: AFP
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Carrie Lam’s self-image as a “good fighter” may have led her to underestimate the enormous effort needed to overcome opposition to the extradition bill. Photo: SCMP
Donald Low
Opinion

Opinion

On Reflection by Donald Low

Could psychology have helped Carrie Lam avoid Hong Kong’s extradition bill fiasco?

  • From confirmation bias to risk aversion, behavioural science principles shed light on Hongkongers’ reactions to the controversial extradition law
  • A better understanding of cognitive psychology could have helped the Hong Kong government

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Carrie Lam’s self-image as a “good fighter” may have led her to underestimate the enormous effort needed to overcome opposition to the extradition bill. Photo: SCMP
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