A 20th ANNIVERSARY … for Better and for Worse

Like beauty in the eye of the beholder, judging the pros and cons of Hong Kong’s fate during the past 20 years since British colonial rule ended depends on prior expectations and present perspectives. If the perspective is official, whether Chinese, British, or...

JUNE FOURTH: A Message from Hong Kong to Beijing

  Posted:  June 8, 2017   Observers and onlookers keep asking if Hong Kong’s democracy movement is now in a state of terminal decline. They wonder how anything so diverse and fragmented can withstand the official barrage being laid down by the central and...

WASHINGTON, MACAU, AND THE HONG KONG DILEMMA

  Posted: May 18, 2017   The political spotlight fell briefly this month on two cities half a world apart, to reflect contrasting images of Beijing’s Hong Kong dilemma. Washington D.C. and the former Portuguese colony of Macau make for unlikely partners in...

BEIJING’S DILEMMA: What To Do About Hong Kong?

  Posted:  May 2, 2017   Beijing has so far not handed down any more ultimatums on Hong Kong’s political way forward. Official lines have been drawn with the August 31, 2014 decision on political reform and the November 7, 2016 interpretation of Hong Kong’s...