Hong Kong deepens its anti-democratic political purge

This article was originally published under the headline “Can Hong Kong’s activists for self-determination get a second chance in politics?” on 31-October-2018 by Jeffie Lam, SCMP. Link to original article: HERE

Recent spate of disqualifications may show an administration taking seriously President Xi Jinping’s warning not to cross ‘red line’ of threatening sovereignty Continue reading “Hong Kong deepens its anti-democratic political purge”

Hong Kong’s Basic Law is a constitution with Chinese characteristics, and not meant to lead to democracy

Ronald Chiu says the Basic Law only constrains the rights of Hongkongers and puts no limits on Beijing’s authority – and that’s why it must be replaced

By SCMP, Ronald Chiu

This article first appeared in the SCMP on 3 November 2018
Link to original article: HERE

Hong Kong needs a new constitution, because under the Basic Law, we have no real democracy, no real means of amending the constitution and no real means to check Beijing’s powers. Continue reading “Hong Kong’s Basic Law is a constitution with Chinese characteristics, and not meant to lead to democracy”

Is China threatening Hong Kong’s freedoms?

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Pro-democracy activists say China is silencing dissent in Hong Kong. DW’s Conflict Zone asks Horace Cheung, VP of the largest pro-Beijing party in the territory, whether he is willing to allow China to curtail rights. Continue reading “Is China threatening Hong Kong’s freedoms?”

Britain not ‘interfering’ in Hong Kong politics, top UK diplomat says, as he reaffirms country’s commitment to city’s special status

Strengthening trade ties and remaining true to handover agreement at heart of Britain’s approach to region, adviser to Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says

By Tony Cheung, SCMP

This article first appeared in South China Morning Post on 17 September 2018
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London’s interest in Hong Kong should not be seen as a “threat or interference” in Chinese sovereignty, a top British diplomat has said.

Simon McDonald, Permanent Under-Secretary Continue reading “Britain not ‘interfering’ in Hong Kong politics, top UK diplomat says, as he reaffirms country’s commitment to city’s special status”

Hong Kong’s move against free speech

De facto expulsion of the FT’s Asia news editor sends a chilling message

This article first appeared in Financial Times on 8 October 2018
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For more than two decades, citizens and residents in the former British colony of Hong Kong have enjoyed a wide range of freedoms and Continue reading “Hong Kong’s move against free speech”

Hong Kong’s controversial high-speed rail link to China opens

Another costly white elephant project with sinister political implications

By Adam N. Lee

This article first appeared in Chinaworker.info on 26 September 2018
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It has been dubbed by some as the “Trojan train” because for the first time it legitimises the presence of Chinese police and security officials in the heart of Hong Kong. Continue reading “Hong Kong’s controversial high-speed rail link to China opens”

China to have joint immigration control of new Hong Kong rail terminus

By The Guardian

This article first appeared in The Guardian 15 Jun 2018
Link to original article:  HERE

Protestors say new law passed ahead of opening of high-speed links to Shenzhen and Guangzhou erodes Hong Kong’s autonomy

Hong Kong has passed a controversial bill giving mainland authorities joint control over a new rail terminus despite angry protests the move would erode the city’s autonomy from Beijing. Continue reading “China to have joint immigration control of new Hong Kong rail terminus”

Hong Kong Freedoms Rapidly Deteriorating, Warns HRW

By Eurasia Review

This article first appeared in eurasiareview 28 Jun 2018
Link to original article:  HERE

Hong Kong’s protection of civil and political rights is deteriorating at a quickening pace, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam. July 1, 2018, is the 21st anniversary of Hong Kong’s transfer from British to Chinese control. Continue reading “Hong Kong Freedoms Rapidly Deteriorating, Warns HRW”