RE-CAP: That Speech by Zhang Xiaoming

  Posted:  Oct. 29, 2015   The flurry of rebuttals was so fast and furious that everyone quickly forgot, or dismissed, what Beijing’s Hong Kong Liaison Office director actually said in his September 12 speech.* The occasion was a seminar sponsored by the...

POST-OCCUPY: More New Political Thinking

Posted:  Oct. 26, 2015   The new thoughts are not necessarily all new and not necessarily coming from the people most active in last year’s Occupy Central protest movement over the demand for universal suffrage elections. But those 79 days when protesters blocked...

PAYBACK TIME FOR OCCUPY

  Posted:  Oct. 2, 2015   No, not a win for academic autonomy after all. A month ago after the last meeting of the University of Hong Kong’s governing council, there was cause to think the year-long campaign targeting Professor Johannes Chan Man-mun might...

BEIJING’S LEARNING CURVE

  Posted:  Sept. 21, 2015   Benny Tai Yiu-ting says that when his Occupy Central campaign for universal suffrage began, it started off with only 25% support among the general public. By the time the campaign ended, when the government’s reform proposal was...

BEIJING’S NEW IDEA: A LOYAL OPPOSITION

  Posted:  Sept. 14, 2015   All things considered, Beijing has taken the rejection of its August 31, 2014 political reform directive rather well. Polemical temper tantrums have singled out individual targets like the Occupy Central leaders, student...

A WIN FOR ACADEMIC AUTONOMY … ?

  Posted:  Aug. 31, 2015   It was just a year ago that the Occupy Central movement began and thousands of protesters defied police orders to clear the streets. There was much anxious speculation about how determined the Hong Kong government and Beijing would...