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...

NEITHER OPTIMISTIC NOR PESSIMISTIC

A favorite question during the July 1, 2017 holiday celebrations here last month was whether people were optimistic or pessimistic about Hong Kong’s future. It was also a favorite question 20 years ago, ahead of Hong Kong’s July 1, 1997 return to Chinese rule. If...

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...