An anti-government protester covers his face with a scarf printed with the stars and stripes of the US flag during a march in Hong Kong on December 1. Pro-democracy legislators should not try to push for US sanctions just to satisfy their radical base. Photo: Reuters An anti-government protester covers his face with a scarf printed with the stars and stripes of the US flag during a march in Hong Kong on December 1. Pro-democracy legislators should not try to push for US sanctions just to satisfy their radical base. Photo: Reuters
An anti-government protester covers his face with a scarf printed with the stars and stripes of the US flag during a march in Hong Kong on December 1. Pro-democracy legislators should not try to push for US sanctions just to satisfy their radical base. Photo: Reuters
Regina Ip
Opinion

Opinion

Regina Ip

Hong Kong legislators leveraging US power to settle personal scores hurt city’s interests

  • The suggestion that Hong Kong officials could fall foul of US legislation on human rights has in itself caused reputational damage to the city. Hong Kong politicians seeking to use the legislation against enemies do a disservice to voters

An anti-government protester covers his face with a scarf printed with the stars and stripes of the US flag during a march in Hong Kong on December 1. Pro-democracy legislators should not try to push for US sanctions just to satisfy their radical base. Photo: Reuters An anti-government protester covers his face with a scarf printed with the stars and stripes of the US flag during a march in Hong Kong on December 1. Pro-democracy legislators should not try to push for US sanctions just to satisfy their radical base. Photo: Reuters
An anti-government protester covers his face with a scarf printed with the stars and stripes of the US flag during a march in Hong Kong on December 1. Pro-democracy legislators should not try to push for US sanctions just to satisfy their radical base. Photo: Reuters
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Regina Ip

Regina Ip

Regina Ip served as Hong Kong's secretary for security from 1998 to 2003. After three years’ studies in the US, she returned to Hong Kong with a view to improving Hong Kong’s governance. She is now chairperson of New People’s Party and a legislator elected on Hong Kong Island.