If China hears the Hong Kong people, it must let Carrie Lam go
Hong Kong society is disintegrating before our very eyes.
The furore over the extradition bill has metamorphosed into generalised civil unrest permeating all corners of Hong Kong. At the fundamental level, it is no longer about the bill, or Hong Kong-Beijing relations. It is about Hongkongers’ relationship with our government, which only Hong Kong itself can repair.
An indiscriminate attack by triad members on train passengers in Yuen Long on July 21 and the police’s inexplicable response have dissipated almost all the trust Hongkongers placed in our government and law enforcement. Violent clashes between protesters and the police have turned into a biweekly inevitability. Their intensity in dense residential neighbourhoods – Yuen Long on July 27 and Sheung Wan on July 28, in particular – was reminiscent of a civil war.
Hong Kong’s Summer of Rage
The year of 2019 is no ordinary one for China. It marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic, the 30th anniversary of the crackdown on Tiananmen […]
Amnesty for Hong Kong extradition bill protesters would heal society and close rifts with mainland China
The continuing political crisis in Hong Kong has reached, in the words of Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, an impasse. The impasse stems principally from the government’s refusal to extend amnesty […]
A China-Turkey Reboot? Erdogan and Xi Meet in Beijing
Main Points: • On a state visit to meet with President Xi Jinping, Turkish President Erdoğan discussed ways to deepen cooperation between the two countries. • This exchange comes immediately […]
Xiong’an: A New Model of Digital Chinese Urbanism?
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China’s Military Reform: Present and Future – Part 2
Changes made to the structure of the Chinese armed forces have occupied much attention the world over, and are a central part of a wider program of reform being carried […]
China’s Presidential Election: The Role of the NPC
Summary • This year begins the inauguration of the 13th NPC, which will run until March 2023. • China’s NPC of around 3,000 delegates will meet in March 2018 and […]