Hong Kong FCC in Controversy Over Thai Coup Speakers

Hong Kong FCC in Controversy Over Thai Coup SpeakersTwo former presidents of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong and others have expressed private dismay to Asia Sentinel over a move by the club to drop one of two opponents of Thailand’s coup for a speech scheduled for June 26 and to substitute a former spokesman for former Democrat Premier Abhisit Vejjajiva, a…

South China Morning Post Turns to the Mainland

South China Morning Post Turns to the MainlandHong Kong’s 110-year-old flagship English language paper, the South China Morning Post, is suffering another round of self-inflicted crisis. Editorial staffers despair of its confused policy direction on local and China news coverage. Disenchanted journalists are leaving or being let go. It is losing its cachet as a beacon of independent journalism. The paper historically…

Beijing’s Tentacles Enwrap Hong Kong

Beijing’s Tentacles Enwrap Hong KongHong Kong is the latest target of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s combination of nationalism abroad and crackdown on dissent at home. A 14,000 word White Paper – a policy document – from the State Council on Hong Kong issued last week seeks to limit the territory’s autonomy, emphasizes the importance of “patriotism” for its leaders,…

Hong Kong and Venality in High Places

Hong Kong and Venality in High PlacesThe trial for corruption of the former number two official in the Hong Kong government is telling voters in vivid detail what they have long suspected: the unhealthily close relationship between officials and the clique of mega rich men who dominate the local property market. The proceedings against Rafael Hui Si-yan and the top executives…

Hong Kong’s Bureaucrats Rewrite History

Hong Kong’s Bureaucrats Rewrite HistoryThe rewriting of Hong Kong’s history has started early. Its government, for a mix of bureaucratic interests and political assumptions, is simply obliterating significant chunks of it from the public record. The long term result will be that for future historians of China its existence will be much diminished rating along with Weihai (under British…

Hong Kong: China’s Obstreperous Adoptee

Hong Kong: China’s Obstreperous AdopteeTwo of Hong Kong’s most prominent pro-democracy citizens, Anson Chan, former chief secretary under Chris Patten, and Martin Lee, one of the city’s most prominent democracy advocates, have spent the past week in the United States holding a series of panel discussions on the territory’s future in the face of what critics call the increasing…

When Chaos Trumps Security

When Chaos Trumps SecurityIt doesn’t take much for unfolding events to break down security, especially if security forces aren’t well trained to handle unexpected situations. The continuing standoff between the Taiwan government and protesters over the lack of transparency during the negotiations of a cross-Strait services trade pact between Taipei and Beijing, has stolen global headlines and illustrates…

Hong Kong’s Autonomy Erodes Further

Hong Kong’s Autonomy Erodes FurtherThe rate of erosion of Hong Kong’s autonomy is speeding up. Beijing is now making little attempt to hide its interference in issues which properly belong to the territory under the One Country Two Systems concept on which its autonomy is based, and the Basic Law which enshrines it separate status. The central government’s Liaison…

Press Freedom Being Eroded in Hong Kong and Taiwan

Press Freedom Being Eroded in Hong Kong and TaiwanThe press in Hong Kong and Taiwan is under unrelenting pressure from local and Chinese governments, oligarchic owners and thugs employed to beat up reporters and editors, according to an exhaustive 4,500-word report released today by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. The picture the report paints is one of slow but relentless erosion…

China Leans on Hong Kong’s Press

China Leans on Hong Kong’s PressHong Kong has one of the world’s highest newspaper readership densities. Its freewheeling press has six free newspapers, five communist dailies, three general dailies, two financial papers, two religious journals, one robustly pro-democracy icon plus two English language papers and three global ones. Hong Kong citizens enjoy the full spectrum of the good, bad, trusted…