On China

Chinese Foreign Minister on India and China relations

"China-India cooperation is like a massive buried treasure waiting to be discovered, The potential is massive."

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi - Speaking in New Delhi on June 11, 2014

17th Jan, 2013

China Daily Article Bala Freedoms in West

When I see so many people clamoring for "democracy" in Hong Kong now, I often wonderwhether they know about the severe modifications "democracy" has undergone in the pastdecade or so in the United States and the United Kingdom. To me, Hong Kong, which lacksuniversal franchise but is on the way to get it soon, already has many civil rights that are beingeroded in the advanced democracies.


27th March, 2014

China Daily Bala article on China tourists

Most of us have had the experience of visiting a rich uncle’s household during a festive time. As long as the unwritten rules for such occasions are observed, the occasion can be rewarding for both parties. The poorer wing of the family gets to observe first hand a different and at least materially a better way of life and possibly some “free” gifts.


June 15, 2017

It's time to join the 5G bandwagon

The next big leap in telecommunications, the “5G” standard, is now being tested on the Chinese mainland by China Mobile, AT&T in the US and DoCoMo in Japan. No one is doing anything in Hong Kong about 5G yet and this is a pity.


March 31, 2017

'Western justice superiority’ the last imperial prejudice in HK

According to the "international" media it is important for "Hong Kong people to rule Hong Kong" without interference from the Chinese mainland. But when it comes to Hong Kong's judiciary and courts, the same Hong Kong people who are considered wise and mature enough...


August 22, 2016

Our city planners should consider building bridges instead of tunnels

As the Hong Kong government took over the Eastern Harbour Crossing from the private owners as the BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) contract expired earlier this month, one has to ask whether it would have been better to have built a bridge instead of tunnel...


April 22, 2016

Sensible ways to stop tax evasion

In Southeast Asia there is a popular pastime call wayangkulit, performed with leather puppets behind screens on which shadows appear to be fighting furiously — but actually no fighting or even touching ever occurs.


February, 2014

China Daily Article by Bala on Law in HK

The rule of law is evoked in political discussions a lot in Hong Kong these days. As far as I know no one has ever come right out and said they are against the rule of law. So the question has to shift to what type of rule of law one wants in Hong Kong.


October 08, 2013

Bala SCMP column on country parks in HK.

At the beginning of the year, the chief executive announced that HK$10 billion would be earmarked for replacement of pre-Euro IV diesel commercial vehicles.