What more does China want from Hong Kong 20 years on from handover?

by Stuart Lau, Jun Mai / 30 May, 2017/ SCMP

When Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor takes the oath as Hong Kong’s next chief executive presumably before President Xi Jinping on July 1, the city she governs will face a sovereign state that has signalled it wants a firmer say in how it is run. Continue reading “What more does China want from Hong Kong 20 years on from handover?”

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to visit Hong Kong ahead of ‘Belt and Road’ summit in Beijing

by Jeffie Lam / 10 May, 2017/ SCMP

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will pay a two-day visit to Hong Kong from Friday before heading to Beijing for the high-profile “Belt and Road” summit.

Duterte is expected to arrive on Friday morning. He will attend an event near the airport on Saturday afternoon to meet the city’s Filipinos, before leaving for the capital later that day. Continue reading “Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to visit Hong Kong ahead of ‘Belt and Road’ summit in Beijing”

Beijing official rejects need for development of democracy in Hong Kong over next decade

by Stuart Lau Jun Mai / April 22, 2017/ SCMP

Beijing has poured cold water on Hong Kong’s ­electoral reform aspirations, saying the city had pressing livelihood concerns to handle in the coming five to 10 years.

The remarks by Wang Zhenmin, the legal chief for the central government’s liaison office, drew the ire of pan-democrats, who said universal suffrage was a goal contained in the Basic Law and the city’s social problems were tied to the “flaws” of its political ­structure. Continue reading “Beijing official rejects need for development of democracy in Hong Kong over next decade”

Hong Kong is not Taiwan, but its commitment to democracy is no less significant

by Gary Wong Chi-him / 23 April 2017 /SCMP

In 2014, Ko Wen-je broke the ideological rivalry between the blue and green coalitions in Taiwan to become the first Taipei mayor with no party affiliation.

I studied his campaign model in the hope of seeking an alternative path out of the split in Hong Kong between the pro-establishment, pan-democratic and self-determination camps, and recently attended Ko’s seminar in Taipei. His ideas on politics and management were insightful, but his comment about Hong Kong sparked a reaction from those of us fighting for democracy here. Continue reading “Hong Kong is not Taiwan, but its commitment to democracy is no less significant”

Is Taiwan’s Freedom Better than Singapore’s ‘Caged Canaries’ and Hong Kong’s ‘Lost Soul’?

by Justin Hugo / April 17, 2017 / The News Lens

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je’s (柯文哲) recent remarks about countries south of Taiwan at the 30th anniversary of local magazine The Journalist ruffled some feathers. His comment that Hong Kong “doesn’t even have a soul that is free” drew a rebuttal from Hong Kong’s pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong. Continue reading “Is Taiwan’s Freedom Better than Singapore’s ‘Caged Canaries’ and Hong Kong’s ‘Lost Soul’?”

It’s unbelievable: Hong Kong pan-democrat denied entry to Macau

by Jeffie Lam / April 16, 2017

Hong Kong accountancy sector lawmaker Kenneth Leung, a moderate pan-democrat who had no problem travelling to mainland China over the weekend, called it “unbelievable” after he was denied entry to Macau on Sunday. Continue reading “It’s unbelievable: Hong Kong pan-democrat denied entry to Macau”

How Carrie Lam can put the destiny of Hong Kong in safe hands

by Regina Ip/April 15,2017/SCMP

Any organisation is only as strong as the people who lead it. In the past, Hong Kong won much kudos for the high quality of its civil service. Their reputation was so high that senior civil servants were prime targets of the united front efforts of the New China News Agency, then the unofficial representatives of the central government in Hong Kong. Continue reading “How Carrie Lam can put the destiny of Hong Kong in safe hands”

My team won’t look to Beijing for help, Hong Kong’s next leader Carrie Lam pledges

by Jeffie Lam /  28 March, 2017 / SCMP

Ministers in the incoming administration will “be in charge of their own work” rather than rely on the central government’s officials in the city to push their agenda, Hong Kong’s chief executive-elect pledged as she sought to distinguish herself from her predecessor. Continue reading “My team won’t look to Beijing for help, Hong Kong’s next leader Carrie Lam pledges”