WASHINGTON, MACAU, AND THE HONG KONG DILEMMA

  Posted: May 18, 2017   The political spotlight fell briefly this month on two cities half a world apart, to reflect contrasting images of Beijing’s Hong Kong dilemma. Washington D.C. and the former Portuguese colony of Macau make for unlikely partners in...

POST-OCCUPY PAYBACK … In Slow Motion

  Posted:  April 19, 2017   No one knew exactly what to expect from central government officials in Beijing when Hong Kong’s Occupy protest movement erupted on September 28, 2014 and went on to blockade major city thoroughfares for 79 days. The last of the...

A VISITOR FROM BEIJING

  Posted:  May 23, 2016   Why the third highest ranking official in the Chinese Communist Party hierarchy should pay Hong Kong a visit at this particular point in time has been the subject of much speculation both hopeful and otherwise. Zhang Dejiang 【張德江】is...

TOUGH LOVE FROM THE NATIONAL PEOPLE’S CONGESS

Posted:  March 11, 2014   Political campaign season is in full swing  here and national leaders are pulling out all the stops in an effort to turn back rising demands for “genuine” democratic elections.  That means mobilizing all possible forces … with soft...