Editorials

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South China Morning Post
  1. After the storming of Capitol Hill, an avalanche of disapproval on all fronts may lead many to believe that Donald Trump will live out his days at Mar-a-Lago, Florida, with Trumpism buried once and for all. Nothing, however, could be further from the truth. Trump secured over 74 million votes, the highest number for any president before him, regardless of any contextual niceties downplaying its significance. Not all of his supporters are extremists. Despite hellish blowback, he remains the most…
  2. By the time you read this, Joe Biden will be the new occupant of the White House. Donald Trump, who said he wouldn’t attend Biden’s swearing-in as the next United States president, is likely to be brooding at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida. At the time of writing, Biden’s inauguration, scheduled for Thursday 1am Hong Kong time, hadn’t happened yet. The Capitol, which houses the Congress, has become a fortress to prevent another storming by Trump supporters. But violence or not, I know I will…
  3. The case for investing in more sustainable, resilient infrastructure has never been more compelling. The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed critical weaknesses in today’s infrastructure systems that have cost millions of lives and failed to shield millions more.The destructive force of climate change, visible in more frequent and severe natural disasters, highlights the urgency to better protect our communities against catastrophic losses while drastically reducing carbon emissions.The right kind of…
  4. The year began with lockdowns and varying degrees of restrictions on movements across the world as the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated with new, fast-spreading variants being discovered. Financial markets, however, began with new records.The pandemic is projected to have caused the global economy to decline by about 5 per cent in 2020. Meanwhile, government deficits are projected to increase above trend, by about the same amount. Despite the combined loss of one-tenth of the global economy,…
  5. The expertise of top barristers from overseas, parachuted into Hong Kong for important cases, has long been an asset to the city’s legal system. Their presence assists the courts in making complex decisions that may have far-reaching consequences.It was in this spirit that the Court of First Instance approved the hiring of David Perry QC to prosecute nine opposition figures accused of unlawful assembly. But the distinguished lawyer’s decision to act for the government sparked controversy in…
  6. China is a stronger and more influential power than a year ago. The manner in which it has navigated the Covid-19 pandemic has earned it respect and prestige, especially among developing countries.They can count on its vaccines and economic support to help them through the crisis and take a leading role in the global recovery. But while the position gives Chinese leaders a powerful hand in setting agendas and directing foreign policy, they should be pragmatic, keep a cool head and not get…
  7. Two local political heavyweights have been generating so many news headlines in recent weeks you wonder if they may be jockeying to be chief executive next year.Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee and Leung Chun-ying have made radical proposals that would have been unthinkable before the introduction of the national security law in the summer.Lawmaker, cabinet member and chairwoman of the New People’s Party, Ip has suggested enforcing the mainland’s ban on dual nationality in Hong Kong.Leung, the former…
  8. Recently, Turkey, Iran and Pakistan announced they would revive the Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad (ITI) railway, a project launched in 2009. Despite several test runs, the railway link had not become fully operational.At the Economic Cooperation Organisation transport and communications ministers meeting held virtually last month, Turkish Transport Minister Adil Karaismailoglu announced that the project would be relaunched this year. After finalising tariff rates and a timetable, the service will…
  9. The decision by the Hong Kong Rugby Union to axe its Elite Rugby Programme – the full-time men’s 15-a-side national team set-up – comes as no surprise.The HKRU is in a financial bind as its monstrous cash cow, the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, was cancelled in 2020 and the 2021 edition has been postponed until November. There is no guarantee that it will be staged then, even with a vaccine now starting to be administered around the world.The HKRU has long relied on the Sevens to fill…
  10. Just as much of the world celebrated the dawning of 2021 and bade good riddance to the much-maligned 2020, China quietly updated key legislation that could change world events.On January 1, an amended National Defence Law came into effect after having been approved by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee. The seemingly technical, legalistic change would normally be unremarkable, but the amendments that were included could have profound effects on China’s legal standing and…