LOYALTY OATH

Posted:  July 22, 2016   The authorities here are in a real bind. They should be used to it by now, having spent the last 20 years tiptoeing back and forth between the Western-style promises Beijing originally made to Hong Kong and Beijing’s constant demands for...

BEIJING PUSHES BACK: A Referendum on 8.31?

Posted:  July 11, 2016   Anyone following Hong Kong’s political reform saga might well have concluded that the 2014/15 controversy about electing the city’s Chief Executive by universal suffrage was over and done with. At the very least, Beijing’s restrictive...

NEW CANDIDATES, OLD TEMPTATIONS

Posted:  June 27, 2016   So great an impact has the younger generation had on political thinking since the 2014 Umbrella-Occupy protest movement that “young” has become the watchword for everyone ahead of Hong Kong’s September 4 Legislative Council election. Even...

NEW IDEAS, NEW NAMES, OLD TEMPTATIONS

  Posted:  June 17, 2016   Summertime might mean escape from Hong Kong’s heat and humidity for some … but not this year and especially not for Hong Kong’s new political generation. The Legislative Council election is coming up September 4, and...

QUESTIONS FOR CHAIRMAN ZHANG

  Posted:  May 30, 2016   The visitor from Beijing has come and gone. Zhang Dejiang 【張德江】, third highest ranking official in the Chinese Communist Party hierarchy, and chairman of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, was received here with all...