Hong Kong Electoral Officials have Overstepped their Boundaries by Barring Pro-independence Candidate
Phil C.W. Chan and Paul Serfaty say the electoral commission’s rejection of Edward Leung as a candidate for the Legislative Council election was unequivocally unlawful.
In an international city famed for its efficiency, the Hong Kong government has managed to turn yet another non-issue into a constitutional controversy.
One of the tenets of democracy is that, subject to objective criteria, everyone has a right to stand for office as a legislator. In Hong Kong, such criteria are clearly laid out in the Basic Law and the Legislative Council Ordinance. The Electoral Affairs Commission should ensure all requirements for candidates and elections are met. Its functions are administrative. If the commission bars an otherwise eligible candidate for political reasons, it undermines its own purpose, impartiality and independence.
A “New” Chinese Foreign Policy Under Xi Jinping?
Summary The Belt and Road Initiative, increased foreign investment and a stronger maritime policy are just some of the ways in which President Xi Jinping is pursuing a more active […]
Breaking the Mould: Trump’s China Policy
Summary Following the National Security Strategy (NSS) released in December and Donald Trump’s recent statements at Davos, tensions between China and the U.S. have only increased. Is it already too […]
The Great Rejuvenation? China’s Search for a New ‘Global Order’
Executive Summary This Asia Paper explores how China, a ‘partial’ global power, can set the agenda and determine the rules in a global order dominated by a declining yet unyielding […]
The State of Swedish East Asia Research
On May 11, 2017, researchers from all over Sweden focusing on East Asia gathered in Stockholm. The conference, organized by the Institute for Security & Development Policy and the European […]
Gendered Globalization: Sino-Nordic Policy Solutions
Both the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Nordic countries (Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Finland) view gender equality as a social justice issue and are politically committed towards achieving […]
Sino-Nordic Relations: Opportunities and the Way Ahead
This report provides a study the relationships between the People’s Republic of China and the “Nordic” countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. It will pay particular attention to the possibilities for joint Nordic regional cooperation to serve as basis for such relation. ISDP has assessed challenges and shortcomings to these relationships, and proposes a series of opportunities as to how China and the Nordic countries can expand upon beneficial mutual engagements whilst mitigating risks to core ideals and interests.