“RETREAT, REGROUP, RETURN”

  Posted:  May 8, 2015   The “three R’s” advice came from Apple Daily’s Jimmy Lai Chee-ying midway through last year’s Umbrella/Occupy street blockades.  The advice went unheeded, of course, and he sat it out with protesters until December when police...

END OF THE ROAD FOR UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE?

Posted:  April 24, 2015   Last summer, the Hong Kong government came up with the “pocket it first,” slogan to try and sell Beijing’s strict plan for political reform.  It’s a popular local term implying that, as in property disputes, if pro-democracy claimants...

MIXED MESSAGES: Beijing, London, Washington

  Posted:  March 30, 2015   Deliberately saying one thing to one audience and something else to another might be regarded in some quarters as shameless opportunism.  But if the political stakes are high enough, talking two sides of the same issue is also...

AN INDEPENDENT HONG KONG?

  Posted:  March 3, 2015   From the super-sized headlines and melodramatic etchings, anyone on a daily diet of Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing press offerings might well think a revolutionary apocalypse is at hand.  Nothing could be further from the truth, of course...