Hollywood’s Great Leap Backward on Free Expression

This article first appeared in Reuters on 15 September 2019
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Beijing moves to co-opt the American film industry as it seeks to penetrate the world’s largest market.

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NBA stirs U.S. hornet’s nest, faces China backlash over Hong Kong tweet

This article first appeared in Reuters on 6 October 2019
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WASHINGTON/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – An increasing number of U.S. lawmakers voiced anger on Monday over the NBA’s response to a Houston Rockets official’s tweet backing Hong Kong democracy protests, raising U.S.-China tensions as talks to end a 15-month trade war resumed. Continue reading “NBA stirs U.S. hornet’s nest, faces China backlash over Hong Kong tweet”

Hong Kong protests: MTR, banks, supermarkets and shopping centres all closed as city grinds to halt after another night of violence

This article first appeared in South China Morning Post on 5 October 2019
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Rail operator took unprecedented stop of closing entire network on Friday night and has said it will not reopen on Saturday

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Understanding Hong Kong’s Turbulent Summer

After three months of protests, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam finally announced the withdrawal of a controversial bill that could allow for the extradition of individuals to mainland China. Although the proposed law was the original impetus for over a million Hong Kong residents taking to the streets, the protests have expanded in scope, with protesters also demanding an inquiry into police use of force, amnesty for arrested protestors, retraction of being labeled as “rioters”, and universal suffrage. More fundamentally, the protests have evolved into a broader expression of discontent with China’s governance of Hong Kong under the one country, two systems framework. The demonstrations are set to continue for the foreseeable future.

This article first appeared in Harvard Business Review on 2 October 2019
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Thousands across Asia Pacific march in solidarity with Hong Kong

This article first appeared in Al Jazeera on 29 September 2019
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People take to streets of Sydney, Taipei and Tokyo as part of global day of action in support of Hong Kong protesters. Continue reading “Thousands across Asia Pacific march in solidarity with Hong Kong”

China’s Might Prevents Muslim Nations from Criticizing It, Mahathir Says

This article first appeared in Radio Free Asia on 27 September 2019
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China’s economic and military strength may have prevented Muslim nations from criticizing its repression of the ethnic Uyghur minority, and Southeast Asian nations from questioning Beijing’s increasingly assertive actions in the South China Sea, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir said. Continue reading “China’s Might Prevents Muslim Nations from Criticizing It, Mahathir Says”

Hong Kong: Arbitrary arrests, brutal beatings and torture in police detention revealed

This article first appeared in www.amnesty.org on 19 September 2019
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The Hong Kong police’s heavy-handed crowd-control response on the streets has been livestreamed for the world to see. Much less visible is the plethora of police abuses against protesters that take place out of sight. Continue reading “Hong Kong: Arbitrary arrests, brutal beatings and torture in police detention revealed”

How China Unleashed Twitter Trolls to Discredit Hong Kong’s Protesters

By Raymond Zhong, Steven Lee Myers and Jin Wu, The New York Times

This article first appeared in The New York Times on 18 September 2019
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Is the US behind Hong Kong’s protest movement?

By Vincent Kolo, chinaworker.info

This article first appeared in chinaworker.info on 14 September 2019
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