Tai Hing Shing

Journalist, Lianhe Zaobao

Tai Hing Shing is a Hong Kong- and Macau-based journalist with Lianhe Zaobao. He has been in the media industry for over a decade, focusing on Chinese diplomacy and Southeast Asian politics. He likes to analyse issues pertaining to Hong Kong and Macau from an international politics perspective.

A pedestrian walks past a government-sponsored advertisement promoting a new national security law in Hong Kong, 29 June 2020. (Paul Yeung/Bloomberg)

National security law for Hong Kong: Will America's ‘smart sanctions’ work against China?

Following China’s passing of the new national security law for Hong Kong, the US has removed Hong Kong’s special privileges. However, previous evidence shows that economic sanctions seldom work. Zaobao correspondent Tai Hing Shing asks if this time will be any different.
Barrier tape cordons off parts of benches to enforce safe distancing measures along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront in Hong Kong, on 21 April 2020. (Roy Liu/Bloomberg)

Beijing tightens control over Hong Kong amid political reshuffle and arrests

Seeing that stalwarts have kept their positions while new blood comes in the form of those who have law enforcement or political experience, pundits wager that Beijing may take a more hardline approach in the days to come.
In this picture taken on 29 February 2020, people wearing face masks as a precautionary measure against the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus walk past residential buildings in Hong Kong. (Dale De La Rey/AFP)

Hong Kong and Covid-19: Resilience amid adversity

Norman Yik finds a silver lining in the Covid-19 chaos coursing through Hong Kong. A group of self-reliant individuals are showing that the fighting spirit that Hong Kong is known for is alive and well. And Tai Hing Shing charts the beginning of a busy week as Hong Kong civil servants return to office.
This photo taken on 6 February 2020 shows people crossing a bridge that can be used only by villagers with a special permit, within a Frontier Closed Area from Lo Wu MTR station in Hong Kong and buildings (back) behind the Hong Kong border fence in Shenzhen, China. The border crossing is currently closed as part of government measures to control the spread of the Covid-19. (Anthony Wallace/AFP)

Why can’t Hong Kong implement a full border shutdown?

Lianhe Zaobao journalist Tai Hing Shing rationalises that Hong Kong’s decision thus far not to completely close borders with the mainland is not unfounded.
The scale of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak triggered frightening memories of the 2003 SARS epidemic. In this photo taken in Hong Kong on 27 January 2020, pedestrians are seen wearing face masks while crossing the road as a preventative measure following the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. (Anthony Wallace/AFP)

Wuhan coronavirus highlights the complexity of Hong Kong’s political situation

In 2003, criticisms of how the authorities handled the SARS outbreak were harsh but kind. Now with the outbreak of the Wuhan virus in Hong Kong, people are quicker to cast the first stone despite the authorities’ relatively faster response. Politics in Hong Kong is seeping into every facet of life, even the flu.
Macau has done well since its handover to mainland China in 1999. (Jason Lee/REUTERS)

Taking a long hard look at Macau's stellar performance

Since its return to mainland China in 1999, Macau has seen rapid progress and growth. But despite the impressive figures, issues with governance and bread-and-butter issues such as housing remain. On the 20th anniversary of Macau’s return to China, Zaobao reporter Tai Hing Shing looks at the challenges facing the Macau SAR government.
Celebrations following the landslide victory of the pro-democracy camp during the recent district council election in Hong Kong. (Laurel Chor/Reuters)

Hong Kong gears up for more election battles

After heavy defeats suffered by the pro-establishment camp in the recent district council election in Hong Kong, what lies ahead for the upcoming Legislative Council elections and elections for the Election Committee and the Chief Executive? Tai Hing Shing gathers relevant views and lays the cards on the table.
A protester waves a US and a colonial Hong Kong flag at a rally in Hong Kong. (Leah Millis/REUTERS)

Beijing no longer “Grandpa” to young Hong Kongers

Hong Kongers used to call Beijing “Grandpa”. But the recent protests and the district council elections show that they no longer see mainland China as an authority figure. Tai Hing Shing analyses how Beijing lost its standing in Hong Kong.
The people of Macau felt a strong sense of belonging to China and welcomed the handover. The photo shows a celebration parade of floats and dancers weaving through the streets of Macau in celebration of the return of Macau to China in 1999. (SPH)

It works for Macau, why not Hong Kong?

The Macau SAR is in a celebratory mood, busy preparing for the 20th anniversary of its return to China. On the other side of the estuary, the Hong Kong SAR has been in turmoil for the past four months with no hint of a reprieve. China’s two SARs are facing circumstances that are poles apart. Why?