Analysis & Opinion

Opinion | How Hong Kong can avert a fourth wave of Covid-19

Studies show that infection transmission can vary widely depending on the primary setting. An understanding of the different risks involved would help policymakers maintain control even as containment measures are relaxed.

17 Sep 2020 - 6:42AM
Macroscope | Global economy cannot fight off Covid-19 without cooperation

The appetite for multilateral problem-solving is much weaker now than in 2008 when the global financial crisis hit, with US-China friction setting the tone for global relations. A change in US leadership could turn the tide.

15 Sep 2020 - 5:16AM
Opinion | Time to rethink the aim of education for Hong Kong’s busy children

We should stop being so overly competitive that we break our children and risk mental health problems. Teaching kindness and consideration instead would increase resilience – and the chance of happiness.

14 Sep 2020 - 3:14PM
Opinion | How to ensure travel bubbles last longer than their namesakes

The repeated failures to restart global travel by economies in Asia and elsewhere demonstrate the critical need for a multilateral solution to mitigate risks.

13 Sep 2020 - 10:45AM
Destinations known | Can Bali survive a continued coronavirus closure?

Tourism is intrinsic to the Indonesian island’s economic success, but its enterprising inhabitants have survived several crises in the past.

9 Sep 2020 - 8:45AM
Opinion | Spending your summer holiday at home? Count your blessings

We might be yearning to get away from hot and sweaty, Covid-19-restricted Hong Kong, but sit tight and be thankful. The pandemic is not over yet.

8 Sep 2020 - 9:15AM
The View | Covid-19 has sped up the digital revolution, with China leading the way

From live-streaming sales to building lasting business relationships online to adopting AI in manufacturing, Chinese companies have risen to the challenge of the pandemic and offer the rest of the world a glimpse of the future.

7 Sep 2020 - 10:29PM
Opinion | Reaction to Covid-19 testing reveals Hong Kong’s Pavlovian politics

While the opposition tends to object to any proposal coming from the chief executive or the central government, Carrie Lam has also reacted defensively to legitimate questions about her policies.

7 Sep 2020 - 10:04AM
Opinion | How India’s online classes exclude poor and unconnected schoolchildren

It is a huge source of stress, not just for the parents who cannot afford to be online and connected, but also for their children, who struggle to keep up with their lessons.

5 Sep 2020 - 12:21PM
Opinion | Who can help pay for hefty coronavirus spending? Tax evaders

Digital companies that do not need to physically interact with the public have benefited the most from the pandemic. Governments must also apply a higher corporate tax to, say, pharmaceutical companies that are profiting from the crisis.

5 Sep 2020 - 4:06AM
Macroscope | Abenomics is here to stay even as Abe leaves office

The need for aggressive monetary easing, the most radical of Abe’s ‘three arrows’, was appreciated by the Fed and ECB even before Covid-19 struck. Given a boost by the pandemic, Abe’s experiment is now the norm in the world’s major economies.

4 Sep 2020 - 9:45AM
Editorial | Challenging times call for collaboration

Americans have a lot more to lose as the US intensifies its efforts to decouple from China in a world battling a health crisis that cries out for greater cooperation between nations.

3 Sep 2020 - 11:40PM
Macroscope | Middle-income countries’ lonely war on Covid-19 can’t be ignored

Already weakened by social unrest over slowing economic growth and crippling inequalities, these countries are now struggling to contain a pandemic with a fraction of the resources that rich nations have, and without the aid extended to low-income countries.

2 Sep 2020 - 10:25PM
Opinion | Why it’s too early to rule out ‘sexy killer’ coal in Asean’s energy mix

Phasing out coal in the short and medium term is impractical for Asean due to growing energy demand and abundant reserves, and clean coal technology can lower emissions.

3 Sep 2020 - 10:42AM
Destinations known | Post-pandemic travel – a privilege only the rich can afford?

Thailand’s plan to welcome long-stay tourists could prove a paradigm for tourism in the time of coronavirus, where only those with time and money can afford to travel.

2 Sep 2020 - 3:12PM
Opinion | Why we should be very worried about Hong Kong’s Class of 2020

Many claim to be happily unemployed but it is more likely that desperation has given way to indifference. If we don’t help them find jobs and long-term employability, we risk producing generations of youth unable to be independent and self-reliant.

2 Sep 2020 - 7:06AM
Opinion | Hong Kong is sick of Covid-19, and a government it can’t trust

The public has been diagnosed with ‘anti-epidemic fatigue’ by officials. If they really understood what that meant, they would know why Hongkongers aren’t rushing to join the mass-testing programme for Covid-19.

31 Aug 2020 - 9:48AM