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....

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...