China sets rules for news reports on Taiwan, HK

by Lim Yan Liang / July 25, 2017 / Straitstimes

The official Xinhua news agency has updated its style guide for Chinese journalists, with a major part of the update stressing China’s sovereignty over Taiwan and Hong Kong. Continue reading “China sets rules for news reports on Taiwan, HK”

Can ‘one Country, two Systems’ continue to weather Hong Kong’s political storms?

12 July 2017 / Author: Peter TY Cheung, HKU / East Asia Forum

When Hong Kong was reunited with the People’s Republic of China in 1997, no one could tell how the ‘one country, two systems’ (OCTS) framework would work. After two decades of experimentation, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has largely maintained its separate and distinct legal, political and administrative systems, its market economy, its relatively free and pluralistic society and its status as a global financial centre — not to mention a way of life and culture very different from that of mainland China. But unexpected tensions now threaten to overturn this experiment. Continue reading “Can ‘one Country, two Systems’ continue to weather Hong Kong’s political storms?”

Twenty Years After Hong Kong Handover, Does ‘One Country, Two Systems’ Still Work?

by Dr Tim Summers / 29 June 2017 / Chathamhouse

Twenty years after the handover of Hong Kong from British to Chinese sovereignty, the ‘one country, two systems’ arrangement – the main aim of which was to guarantee the continuity of Hong Kong’s open society and way of life – can be said to have worked well. Street protests remain a regular feature of Hong Kong’s political culture. Freedom of information and expression are alive and well. Hong Kong retains its ‘capitalist way of life’, its legal system based on common law and independent judiciary, and its status as an international financial centre. As a result the city remains one of the most open economies across Asia, with robust institutions and transparency which are hard to find anywhere else in the region. Continue reading “Twenty Years After Hong Kong Handover, Does ‘One Country, Two Systems’ Still Work?”

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’?”