2017: PESSIMISM WINS

Further on that favorite question everyone was asking last July when Hong Kong was celebrating the 20th anniversary of its return to Chinese rule:  the question was whether people should be optimistic or pessimistic about the future and what the next 20 years might...

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PATRIOTISM vs FREE SPEECH

The incumbent American and Chinese presidents have a lot in common. Maybe that’s why they seemed to hit it off so well at their first meeting earlier this year. Both want more than anything else to make their countries great again. President Xi Jinping is evoking...

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THE RETROSPECTIVITY TRAP

The title is confusing.  Better to call it “the mainland-ization of a common-law principle.” The subject deserves that title because it refers to the unusual legal process whereby six newly-elected members of Hong Kong’s legislature have been disqualified from office...

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