Two Cases Spell Out Demise of Law in Hong Kong

Two Cases Spell Out Demise of Law in Hong KongThe rule of law in Hong Kong, and the notion of its being an international city, appear in danger of fraying at the seams over two well-publicized legal cases. On Feb. 17, a judge convicted seven policemen, including a Chief Inspector and a Senior Inspector, of the vicious kicking and beating of a protestor during…

How Carrie Lam Beggars Belief

How Carrie Lam Beggars BeliefShe may be Beijing’s openly preferred candidate for Chief Executive of Hong Kong, but lifetime bureaucrat Carrie Lam has a lot to learn about politics. Indeed she seems to have a lot to learn about how 99% of people in the territory live. Since declaring her candidacy for the top job earlier this month, Lam…

Beijing Anoints Yet Another Hong Kong Chief Executive

Beijing Anoints Yet Another Hong Kong Chief ExecutiveThe contest for next Chief Executive for Hong Kong may be almost over before it has begun. Four candidates are at present in the frame but Beijing has now made it abundantly clear whom it favors – outgoing Chief Secretary for Administration, Carrie Lam. The others thus may simply be decoration.  The efforts that Lam…

Asia in 2016: Hong Kong

Asia in 2016: Hong KongJust as the aftershocks of the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement demonstrations of 2014 had calmed down, the Year of the Monkey began in Hong Kong with a violent surprise. In February, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department cracked down on popular but unlicensed street food vendors in Kowloon’s gritty Mong Kok neighborhood, prompting an angry response…

Beijing Loses Patience with Hong Kong’s Leung

Beijing Loses Patience with Hong Kong’s LeungNew Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key surprisingly quit last week while he was ahead. Hong Kong’s Chief executive CY Leung has surprisingly quit as well, but he was hardly a success. His Beijing bosses evidently decided that he was too much of a liability and the political cost of pushing to win a second term…

Danger to Democracy Increases in Hong Kong

Danger to Democracy Increases in Hong KongThe Hong Kong government is making an all-out effort to decimate the ranks of pro-democracy legislators. Having already succeeded through the courts in ousting two on grounds that they made a mockery of the oath taking at the start of the first session of the new legislature they are now gunning for four more. These…

Hong Kong’s Pro-Democrats Make a Mess of Things

Hong Kong’s Pro-Democrats Make a Mess of ThingsHong Kong’s pro-democracy camp is in deep trouble, a political situation that the world is watching as a precarious experiment in democracy on China’s southern flank – and one of the most important free economies – comes under increasing pressure from its giant neighbor from the north. Political game-playing and posturing on the parts of…

Judicial Independence Under Rising Threat in Hong Kong

Judicial Independence Under Rising Threat in Hong KongBeijing has just delivered the biggest blow to Hong Kong’s judicial independence since the 1997 handover. It has intervened to pre-empt a judgment by Hong Kong’s courts on interpretation of local legislation by claiming the issue falls directly under the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, for which the final interpreter is the National People’s Congress. …

Hong Kong’s Democrats Chafe Against Beijing

Hong Kong’s Democrats Chafe Against BeijingHong Kong politics are becoming ever more convoluted as March 2017 legislative elections approach, with a growing list of candidates to replace widely disliked Chief Executive CY Leung, and with obstreperous localists – vainly advocating home rule for the city of 7 million – elected earlier in 2016 willing to disrupt the legislative process.  But the…

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung’s Days Numbered?

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung’s Days Numbered?The wheels seem to be falling off the administration of Hong Kong Chief executive Leung Chun-ying, who faces re-election early next year. With the end of the summer vacation and the new Legislative Council due to meet for the first time next week, pressure on Leung not to stand again is building up. It would…
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