Hong Kong

Good for Alibaba? SCMP Quashes Column on Xi-linked Tycoon

The steady erosion of the journalistic independence of the South China Morning Post, once the region’s most influential English-language daily, was demonstrated last week when the paper’s editors pulled an arti...

Asia in 2016: Hong Kong

Just 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 Environment...
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Hong Kong: Wear A Yellow Ribbon

I have worn a yellow ribbon every day since witnessing firsthand the events of Sunday 28th. I am supportive of the democracy movement, and of the principle of civil disobedience. But what now compels me most to...
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Resign Ultimatum Passes in Hong Kong, Protests Unresolved

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive CY Leung acts on the advice of the director of the China Liaison Office, Zhang Xiaoming. There is no point asking Leung to resign as he really is powerless on policy matters. That’s ...
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Understand What Hong Kong Wants

Last Sunday I was at the Tamar government center in Hong Kong. Like the majority of the gathered crowd I went not to cause a disturbance but to express my displeasure at the way the authorities were handling th...
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China Can’t Back Down

The seeds of what is going on in Hong Kong today, with tear gas being used on local protesters apparently for the first time in history and student heads being busted by police, were sown in 1997 with the promu...
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Xi is on the Wrong Side of History in Hong Kong

It was a coincidence but a symbolic one. On the day that Hong Kong’s police launched repeated volleys of tear gas onto pro-democracy demonstrators in the heart of the city, Chinese President Xi Jinping was repo...
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Hong Kong’s Mega-Rich Kowtow in Beijing

On the day this week that thousands of Hong Kong students began a one-week strike in support of more democracy, Beijing was hosting 70 of the territory’s richest people for a meeting to support its political pr...
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Is it Goodbye to the ‘Barren Rock?’

Is it time to say farewell to the Hong Kong that I, like so many of us, have come to know and love? I don't mean the physical, living, breathing city that has been my home for the past 25 years.  Come good o...
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The US Harms Its Global Prestige Over Israel

It is incomprehensible why the United States, which supposedly – if its rhetoric could be believed – stands for fairness around the world, is allowing its client state Israel to pound a small, virtually defense...