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Cadence Column, Asia, July 8, 2019


China has been had. It has been had by Western freedom. It has been had by its own culture’s psychopathology. It has been had by the concept of a promise—something the Chinese can’t understand, let alone keep. It has been had by Marxist propaganda. And, it is still being had by its obsession with power. … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, January 2, 2018


China claims no part in the Hong Kong and Taiwan -related ships recently stopped by South Korean officials for illegally supplying oil to North Korea. China’s claim might be believable, but during the holiday week, China blocked a UN attempted to blacklist those very vessels caught in the act. By blocking the block of the … Continue reading

Hong Kong MPs defy China during swearing-in ceremony


A swearing-in ceremony to kick off Hong Kong’s legislative session descended into a farce, as newly elected pro-democracy politicians intentionally mangled their oaths in a show of defiance against Beijing. The MPs also displayed flags declaring that Hong Kong is not a part of China, and called out for “democratic self-determination” for the semi-autonomous Chinese … Continue reading

China and the volcanic politics of Hong Kong and Taiwan


The people of Hong Kong may now have to wait years to vote after the city rejected Beijing’s offer of a castrated form of universal suffrage. By contrast, the people of Taiwan, electoral eunuchs no more after a two-decade democratic evolution, will be going to the polls again in about six months. Their choice could … Continue reading

China used threats of invasion to stop United Kingdom giving Hong Kong independence and democracy since 1950s


By September 29 2014, peaceful protesters had been clogging Hong Kong’s downtown for less than a day, but to the Chinese Communist Party this already smacked of ingratitude. Here’s an excerpt from an editorial that ran that day (link in Chinese) in the People’s Daily, the party’s official mouthpiece, entitled “No one cares more about … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, February 23 | Symphony


Some Muslims wanted attention… They got it. Japan authorised millions in aid to fight terrorism. Myanmar calls on China to help them fight against terrorist attacks, ostensibly being launched from inside China. Beijing may not like being asked to turn their attention away from the great threat it feels from Taiwan. But, the terrorists in … Continue reading

China ‘has the power’ to introduce tough security laws in Hong Kong


Former Hong Kong leader Tung Chee-hwa said on Tuesday tough Chinese national security laws could be introduced in Hong Kong, stoking fears China may tighten control in its southern financial hub after last year’s pro-democracy street protests. Pro-Beijing politicians and left-leaning newspapers have called for China’s draconian national security laws – used by Communist Party … Continue reading

China ‘voids’ Hong Kong rights


Before Deng Xiaoping opened China to the world, a popular way to glimpse the sealed-off mainland was by peering across the border from Hong Kong. Decades later, that remains a great vantage point. The 75 days of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement protest, broken up last week, showed how far Beijing officials go to suppress demands … Continue reading

Taiwan resolves to resist China’s embrace; says no to unification


Hong Kong is a cautionary tale for Taipei: this is what happens if you get too close to Beijing. If you want a symbol of peaceful rebellion against the immovable force that is Beijing, your first thought might be the umbrella. The flimsy parasol, wielded by Hong Kong students to protect themselves against pepper spray … Continue reading

Fears for Hong Kong democracy fighters: Do not give China an excuse to hurt you


The recent protests in Hong Kong raise fears of a repeat of the Tiananmen Massacre of 1989. I point out in my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements the paranoia that is the Chinese Communist Party‘s (CCP) Tiananmen Syndrome: Once Bitten by a Snake, One Is Scared All One’s Life at the Mere Sight of a Rope … Continue reading

Hong Kong pops the China bubble; the “China Dream” is a hoax


The Hong Kong protesters know that what’s hailed in the West as ‘the China dream’ is a hoax. Whatever comes next with the demonstrations in Hong Kong, they’ve already performed a historic service. To wit, they remind us of the silliness of the China infatuation so prevalent among pundits and intellectuals who don’t live in … Continue reading

China warns of ‘unimaginable consequences’ if Hong Kong demonstrations continue


China’s Communist Party has warned of “unimaginable consequences” if demonstrations by pro-democracy campaigners in Hong Kong continue. The threat, made in the party-run People’s Daily, came as China’s government appeared to be losing patience with the protesters, who have threatened to occupy government buildings unless the city’s chief executive, Leung Chun-Ying, resigns by the end … Continue reading

Hong Kong college students take the lead in fighting for true democracy


In my post on March 31 titled “College students are China’s hope for democracy; Over 100,000 protest in Taiwan,” I said, “We Chinese are proud of our college students. “They are the driving force of Chinese history. “See how similar are Taiwan college students’ Sunflower Campaign to Chinese college students’ campaign for democracy at Tiananmen … Continue reading

Protests in Hong Kong caused by China failing to honour its promises


If China had honoured the political commitments it made before taking control of Hong Kong from Britain in 1997, it is likely there would be no protests in the city streets and no crackdown over the weekend by riot police using tear gas, pepper spray and batons against pro-democracy demonstrators. Instead, the government in Beijing, … Continue reading

China asserts paternal rights over Hong Kong in democracy clash; tells Hong Kong it must obey


Just days before China was set to deliver its edict on electoral reform in Hong Kong, Beijing’s most senior official in the city held a rare meeting with several local lawmakers whose determined push for full democracy had incensed Beijing’s Communist leaders. The setting at the Aug. 19 meeting was calm: A room with plush … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, August 4


Last weeks Prelude article received a stereotypical “seminar” comment sympathetic to media control. The Prelude considered this comment seriously, even after it was censored. Here is the comment, followed by the Prelude’s response: This article is a typical anti-China piece which misreports, omits and distorts. The Chinese Central Government supports democracy in HK and has … Continue reading

The battle against China for Hong Kong’s soul


Hong Kong was regarded as a goose that laid gold eggs when it was handed back to China. The “One Country Two Systems” policy aims at maintaining the goose’s ability to lay golden eggs for China. It has never been aimed at allowing the goose independence to fly away from China. Having this basic in … Continue reading

On day of Hong Kong mass protests, China shows military strength by opening barracks to public


As tens of thousands gathered in Hong Kong on Tuesday to demand greater democracy and freedom from Beijing’s control, China’s military garrison stationed in the freewheeling capitalist hub launched its own offensive – to charm them. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the armed forces of China‘s ruling Communist Party, offered visitors a rare glimpse of … Continue reading

Top China official met by protests in Taiwan, called “communist bandit”


China’s top official in charge of relations with self-ruled Taiwan said on Friday that he understood and respected the choices of its people, as he was met by noisy protests in the traditionally anti-China far south of the island. Zhang Zhijun, director of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, is making the first trip by the head … Continue reading

College students are China’s hope for democracy; Over 100,000 protest in Taiwan


We Chinese are proud of our college students. They are the driving force of Chinese history. See how similar the Taiwan college students’ campaign to defend Taiwan’s democracy is to the Chinese college students’ campaign for democracy at Tiananmen Square 25 years ago. They are so disciplined and well-organised, strong but peaceful. They are so … Continue reading

Persuading China’s communists to give up power is like trying to persuade a tiger to give you it’s skin


I once said that trying to persuade the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to give up its monopoly of state power is like trying to persuade a tiger to give you its skin. It is utterly impossible. In my book “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements,” I said: “Due to its monopoly of power, the CCP is a huge … Continue reading

Supporters of China’s disgraced Bo Xilai set up new political party


Reuters says in its exclusive news today: Supporters of China’s disgraced senior politician Bo Xilai, who has been jailed for corruption, have set up a political party, two separate sources said, in a direct challenge to the ruling Communist Party’s de facto ban on new political groups. The Zhi Xian Party, literally “the constitution is … Continue reading

China detains activist amid rights crackdown


China has detained a prominent rights activist for more than two months without formally charging him, his lawyer said on Friday, the latest case in a crackdown on freedom of assembly. The length of Guo Feixiong’s detention exceeds the 37-day limit allowed for holding an individual without a formal arrest and charge under Chinese law. … Continue reading

Hong Kong: Historical irony lost on Swire


Since the National People’s Congress decided in 2007 to allow Hong Kong’s chief executive to be elected via universal suffrage in 2017, pro-democracy camps in the SAR have been excitedly debating how the process will work. However, when the UK Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Hugo Swire, decided to enter the … Continue reading

China says western-style democracy impossible for CCP Dynasty


In his work report to the current session of the National People’s Congress (NPC, China’s parliament, retiring NPC Chairman Wu Bangguo stressed that China was a socialist country with people’s democratic dictatorship. Note: Wu stressed that China is a dictatorship not a democracy though the dictatorship has an adjective “democratic” before it. Will there be … Continue reading

Five ways China could become a democracy


Few have seriously thought about the probability and the various plausible scenarios of a regime transition in China — until now. Speculating about China’s possible political futures is an intellectual activity that intrigues some and puzzles many. The conventional wisdom is that the entrenched Chinese Communist Party (CCP), so determined to defend and perpetuate its political monopoly, … Continue reading

China: Yanhuang Chunqiu website closed down for advocating constitutionalism


Southern Weekly’s New Year message advocating constitutionalism as Chinese dream was rudely replaced by another article by provincial propaganda authorities. Then according to SCMP report, “Yanhuang Chunqiu informed its registration ‘had been cancelled’ after publishing editorial urging implementation of constitutional rights.” In my book “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements”, I said that Chinese people should learn from … Continue reading

China: Intensive arms race causes stress on elite engineers


This year is a very busy year in China’s weapon development with a lot of achievements such as the completion of the part of the Beidou GPS system that covers China and its nearby areas, the commissioning of China’s first aircraft carrier, the virgin flight of J-31, China’s second type of stealth fighter, the successful … Continue reading

Premier Wen shows China’s best face to the world


SCMP reports: “The image projected by Premier Wen Jiabao on his many travels abroad, analysts say, fits in with China‘s attempts to project its soft power. “When Premier Wen Jiabao went overseas he would often seize the chance to show the personable side of the Chinese leadership to overseas audiences, who sometimes perceive it as … Continue reading

Will China soon become a democracy?


The Chinese are getting richer – but not necessarily democratic. Hu Jintao, the outgoing President of the Republic of China, has had few surprises in his farewell address. The core message was: continued rapid economic growth and one-party rule. And by 2020, the average income is doubled. Will the Chinese Communist Party manage to continue … Continue reading

China’s Wen Jiabao determined to bow out fighting


Premier Wen Jiabao has made a final push for political reform before giving up his party leadership post, urging his successors to revive long-stalled efforts to develop democracy and promote the rule of law. “[The party] should make a particular effort to promote the reform of the leadership system of the party and the country, … Continue reading

China leaders consider internal democratic reform


Reuters exclusive report by Benjamin Kang Lim and Michael Martina from Beijing: “China’s outgoing leader and his likely successor are pushing the ruling Communist Party to adopt a more democratic process this month for choosing a new leadership, sources said, in an attempt to boost its flagging legitimacy in the eyes of the public. “The … Continue reading

China authorities pushing happiness amid rising discontent


SCMP reports: “With dissatisfaction growing over corruption, inequality, food safety and numerous other social problems, mainland authorities are shifting their focus from economics to emotions. “Simply put, they want everyone to be happy. “From Beijing to Ningxia, local, provincial and regional leaders have been setting up ‘happiness indexes’ or otherwise tailoring programmes, projects and policies … Continue reading

From lawyer to leader, Li Keqiang will be China’s best-educated leader yet


SCMP’s Cary Huang reports from Beijing: “The next premier is likely to be the best educated since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, with Vice-Premier Li Keqiang, who holds postgraduate degrees in law and economics from prestigious Peking University, due to succeed Premier Wen Jiabao in March. “At university, Li studied the ideas … Continue reading

The mystery of the core of the CCP Dynasty


The CCP Dynasty is already unique but the power of a fully retired core is even more unique. How can a man without any powerful post have dominant power in such a vast country as China? It certainly seems a mystery. After two thousand years of absolute monarchy, everybody envied or even coveted the power … Continue reading

China’s Hu and Wen blasted by party paper editor


While Chinese media have kept on praising outgoing leaders Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao’s “golden and glorious” decade, Deng Yewen, a senior editor of the Party mouthpiece Study Times, “launched a blistering broadside” at Hu and Wen, “accusing them of stalling long-overdue political reform and brewing a legitimacy crisis. According to SCMP’s report by Shi … Continue reading

China’s political reform on its way, says playwright Sha Yexin


“Political reform and freedom of speech are imminent on the mainland, renowned playwright Sha Yexin has told the South China Morning Post. “Sha, 73, was in Hong Kong last month to promote a rerun of his play I am Chairman Mao‘s Bitch, which the Spring-time Experimental Theatre is showing later this month. Sha, known as … Continue reading

Pro-democracy army officer joins Chinese military top brass


SCMP’s Minnie Chan says in her report, “The leadership’s decision to appoint a liberal-leaning officer to the heights of the army is part of the party’s effort to refashion its image as open-minded and inclusive, analysts say. “Liu Yazhou, who once warned his hawkish military colleagues that China must embrace US-style democracy or accept a … Continue reading

China’s state media advocates democratic decision-making


Foreign agencies report from Beijing, and SCMP says in its report entitled “Listen to protesters, authorities told” that after weekend riots, China’s “top Communist Party mouthpiece yesterday urged authorities to listen to people’s concerns about pollution, after fears over a new industrial waste water pipeline sparked weekend riots. “‘The public’s awareness of environmental issues and … Continue reading

China: Democracy conspicuously missing in Xinhua commentary on Hu’s speech


China’s official media Xinhua published on Thursday “Commentary 1,” studying General Secretary Hu Jintao’s important speech on July 23. Since it is Commentary 1, there must be at least one more commentary to come on Hu’s swansong speech. The commentary obviously shows the great importance the party attached to Hu’s legacy. It stresses Hu’s emphasis … Continue reading

Successor ignores Hu Jintao’s call for democracy


China‘s official media CCTV reports in its prime-time news on Tuesday that Hu Jintao’s designated successor, Xi Jinping, gave a speech at the closing ceremony of the seminar of provincial and ministerial-level officials in Beijing on July 24, 2012. In spite of Xi’s emphasis on the importance of the swansong speech Hu Jintao delivered to … Continue reading

Post-90s generation dare to rise up; China’s future hopeful


Thousands of students, supported by their parents and teachers and mobilising through online social media, played a central role in the recent protests against plans for a heavy-metal plant in Shifang , Sichuan province. Now some people are asking whether this “post-90s” generation, as it has been dubbed by the mainland media, will turn up … Continue reading

Rule of law in China a long way away


In China, two well-known sayings make despotic officials very happy. One is “the heaven is high and the emperor, far away”; therefore even if the central government is good and has formulated good laws, regulations, rules, codes, policies, etc., a despotic official may still do whatever he wants. China is too large and the central … Continue reading

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s swansong on democracy


For years, Premier Wen has talked about political reform and democracy, but seems to have little effect. However, he quoted the poem of Lin Zexu, a well-known patriot and talented official of the Qing Dynasty, to express his resolution to continue to strive for democracy till he dies. I should point out here that China’s … Continue reading

Guangdong Party Boss: The Party cannot make you happy!


The Party cannot make you happy. It can boost the economy; It can increase your income; It can provide you with lots of commodities, But it cannot give you human rights and democracy. You have to pursue happiness yourselves. Strive for human rights and democracy, buddy! by Chan Kai Yee Yesterday, Guangdong Party boss Wang … Continue reading

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