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”