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....

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...

MACAU UPDATE: A Different Kind of Role Model

For Hong Kong democrats, the news from the other side of the Pearl River Estuary has provided a modest morale-booster.   With six pro-democracy legislators already disqualified in the oath-taking saga, several others awaiting the same fate, 16 political activists...

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...

HONG KONG’S FIRST POLITICAL PRISONERS?

Officials and legal authorities both here and in Beijing have taken great exception to the international condemnation of a high court ruling on August 17 that sent three young activists to prison. The three are Joshua Wong- Chi-fung, Nathan Law Kwun-chung, and Alex...