Opinion: HK Activists’ Ludicrous Demands on China

Opinion: HK Activists’ Ludicrous Demands on ChinaWhen I read about the Boxing Day arrest of four British flag-waving activists who broke into the PLA Central Barracks in downtown Hong Kong, I was reminded of a certain Facebook petition. The petition was seeking signatures to ask the Queen of England to retake Hong Kong. Like the well-intentioned activists, three things characterize the…

Another Blow to Hong Kong’s Independent Media

Another Blow to Hong Kong’s Independent MediaThe gradual suffocation of free and diverse media in Hong Kong has gained momentum in recent weeks. The latest blow came on January 6 when the editor of Ming Pao, the respected Chinese-language daily, was fired. Kevin Lau Chun-to is to be replaced by a Malaysian who is unlikely to know much about Hong Kong…

China Tries to Head off Hong Kong Democracy

China Tries to Head off Hong Kong DemocracyTwenty years after stalling universal suffrage for Hong Kong to elect its chief executive and legislators – promised in the territory’s mini constitution called the Basic Law, Beijing is now bent on hijacking the process of chief executive selection for 2017. Patriotism – equated as it is with allegiance to Communist Party dictatorship, has been…

Hong Kong takes to the Streets over TV

Hong Kong takes to the Streets over TVAround 120,000 people recently took to the streets to protest against the government’s decision not to grant a free-to-air license to Hong Kong Television Network (HKTV). The decision sparked public outrage because it was seen to be unfair and contrary to the fair market principles at the very heart of Hong Kong’s economic success. The…

The Walls that Spy

The Walls that SpyHotel rooms are never safe havens as spies know only too well, but warnings of the risk often fall on deaf ears, to the sorrow or sometimes embarrassment of the tenants. Two recent news stories and the episode that I describe below hopefully change the public perceptions. The stories describe how the UK’s Government Communications…

Hong Kong Continues its Onslaught on the Philippines

Hong Kong Continues its Onslaught on the PhilippinesIt is bizarre for a man who is in effect the appointed mayor of a city of 7 million people to threaten sanctions against a sovereign nation of 95 million. But that is the outcome of barely disguised racism in Hong Kong, linked with China’s desire to punish the Philippines for standing up to Beijing’s…