2018: ANOTHER YEAR, ANOTHER DEFIANT START

By the end of 2017, the political themes here were all doom and gloom (Dec. 28, 2017 post).  Democracy movement activists worried that they and the wider concerned public would not be able to absorb the accumulated blows suffered during the past year and survive with...

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...

DRIVING THE MESSAGE HOME: Political Study for All

The political scene in Hong Kong today, following President Xi’s 19th party congress confirmation of Beijing’s cross-border intentions, is reminiscent of events soon after the first big anti-Beijing protest march on July 1, 2003. That was when half-a-million people...

HONG KONG’S FUTURE IN THE WORDS OF XI JINPING

China’s leaders have had a lot to say in recent months about Hong Kong: what they like and what they don’t, and what they want to do about it. The most authoritative version of the Hong Kong problem as Beijing sees it comes from the number one leader himself.  Xi...

INTRODUCING A NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Hong Kong now has a new Chief Executive, duly selected last March and formally sworn into office by Chinese President Xi Jinping on July First. Having served her first 100 days in office, she delivered her first formal speech to the Legislative Council on October 11....