Hong Kong

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Beijing Rescues HK’s Occupy Central Movement

Just as the Occupy Central movement was collapsing from lack of public support, Beijing gave it a powerful shot in the arm with the release of its ill-timed White Paper on June 10, asserting the mainland’s powe...
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Hong Kong FCC in Controversy Over Thai Coup Speakers

Two 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 spee...
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South China Morning Post Turns to the Mainland

Hong 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 ...
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Beijing’s Tentacles Enwrap Hong Kong

Hong 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 ...
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Hong Kong and Venality in High Places

The 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 t...
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Hong Kong’s Bureaucrats Rewrite History

The 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. ...
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Hong Kong: China’s Obstreperous Adoptee

Two 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...
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When Chaos Trumps Security

It 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 pro...
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Hong Kong’s Autonomy Erodes Further

The 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 conce...
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Press Freedom Being Eroded in Hong Kong and Taiwan

The 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 r...