As the Occupy protests continue in Hong Kong, articles, editorials and op-eds in the Western press continue to characterize the conflict as one between those in Hong Kong demanding "real democracy" and Beijing reneging on its promise of "universal suffrage" under "one country two systems." Western media and leaders - including the New York Times Editorial Board and President … [Read more...] about Are the Occupy Protesters really about “Democracy”?
The news of Hong Kong Police using tear gas to disperse crowds aimed at occupying government buildings and public spaces to protest against Beijing rules on how Hong Kong residents vote for its next leaders are plastered on the first page of all the major news site today. The Wall Street Journal, for example, has this story. HONG KONG—In the harshest response against … [Read more...] about What is Your Take on Hong Kong Police Breaking Up Protesters Occupying Government Buildings and Public Spaces?
Hong Kong saw another big demonstration on July 1, when more than 100,000 people marched against the local government and Beijing. Despite having established an even closer economic relationship with mainland China since the handover, anti-Beijing sentiment has now become prevalent in the special administrative region. But this is a manufactured problem. Beijing has been … [Read more...] about Growing anti-Beijing sentiment is shifting focus away from Hong Kong’s real problems
It is with sadness that we learned that Run Run Shaw - entrepreneur, investor, filmmaker, philanthropist - died Tuesday in his home in Hong Kong at the age of 107. There are few men in modern China - anywhere actually - with the stature, reach, and heart of Run Run Shaw. People who don't pay attention sometimes may associate Shaw with just low-budget Chinese action and horror … [Read more...] about A Tribute to Run Run Shaw
For the last week or so, Hong Kong has been (very publicly) celebrating the "rule of law" that it claims it has exhibited in letting Snowden leave the country despite strong U.S. pressure to arrest and extradite him. The Hong Kong government made this official statement after Snowden left Hong Kong. The US Government earlier on made a request to the HKSAR Government for the … [Read more...] about Everyone in Hong Kong is Celebrating the Triumph of Rule of Law In the Snowden Case – But Is This Really a Celebration of Law, or Politics under the Cult of Rule of Law?