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Prelude to Conflict: Asia, January 26


US Congress questions HK: Beijing vets HK politicians; is HK not China? “Experts” say Washington appeases Beijing, but the big issue: Don’t pee in the international pool, consider HK’s Hague membership. Washington and Beijing have only found excuses to raise Pacific tensions, including China’s nine-dash line and Kerry’s extradition request of espionage witness, Snowden. Appeasing … Continue reading

A lesson from Hong Kong in pragmatism versus liberalism


While thousands of young elites risked their career future to launch an Occupy Central campaign for democracy (focus on free nomination for government’s chief executive candidateship), more than half of the Hong Kong citizenry disagreed with either their ideals or strategies, and asked them to go home. Such a cleavage has provided an insight for … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, December 29


Taiwan hit headlines again this week. More popular than New York, London, and Paris for New Years Eve. Home to a just-finished military head quarters after an 18-year construction project. An ever unpopular President facing oil-food scandal bribery allegations. And, now, object of all China’s military fears, as obviously false Chinese media propaganda tells. Taipei … Continue reading

Hong Kong: Pearl of China


Recent protests in Hong Kong caused me to reflect once more on my short stay in this Pearl of the Orient. If Hong Kong was dreading its return to mainland China in 1997 for political reasons, with the battle of Tiananmen Square less than a decade earlier still looming over its people as the threatening … Continue reading

Is this the end of China’s economic miracle?


Ma Jijiang and his once poor family are the flesh and blood of China’s modern economic miracle, living proof of how radically the country has been reshaped since the late Deng Xiaoping changed the world in 1978 by proclaiming that to get rich is glorious and launching China’s experiment with market economics. Ma grew up … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, November 3


Disunity delayed Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement. A policeman turned pro-occupy, then called a retreat, but not after expressing his distaste for a recent swelling arrogance in the Hong Kong police force. And reality sets in that 2017 won’t look how people want it. Taiwan addresses internal problems of espionage and the lingering food oil scandal … Continue reading

The Thugs of Mainland China


Last Friday, as the Occupy Central protests convulsed Hong Kong, James Bang, a twenty-eight-year-old digital-strategy consultant, found himself holding down the front line in the district of Mong Kok, his arms linked with other young protesters as they fended off surging groups of attackers. The assailants shoved the protesters, spat in their faces, and shouted, … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, October 13


Hong Kong police violence was as angering as it was unusual. Hong Kong woke up, then Hong Kongers woke up the world. Beijing will neither listen nor crackdown. Instead, they make fools of themselves. No Tiananmen part deux, condolences to Western media. This week, the world learned: Neither the current Beijing government, nor the former … 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

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, October 6


Last’s week’s misunderstanding quickly transformed to rage with images of police, out of harm’s way, calmly reaching to pepper spray non-threatening bystanders, one at a time. Hong Kongers’ support for Occupy Central soared from “geek” to “peak” within a day. China opposes interference. Beijing backs the CEO of “China’s Hong Kong”, with no comment on … 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

An open letter to the Chinese Communist Party regarding the Hong Kong protests


Recent events in Hong Kong present the Chinese Communist Party with an unprecedented opportunity to consolidate power in the territory. After the teargas used on the first night backfired, figuratively and at least once, literally, it’s time to reassess your options. The “guerilla strategy” of occupying many locations simultaneously to spread out the police, combined with … 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

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, September 29


Inside Report—Hong Kong has one problem that is unaddressed in the media: Hong Kong can’t and doesn’t have its own military. Military service is the unwritten rule of any democracy. As much as Hong Kong needs freedom, they aren’t big enough to have their own military. That creates many problems and misunderstandings. Hong Kong has … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, September 15


The main topic in the press, though strange: China vs the Environment. Hong Kong’s democracy movement progresses, their opposition (mostly professors and members of government) also get louder. The US even piped in, stating that they were likely to endorse Taiwan’s pro-Beijing controlling KMT party. While the US is most likely trying to say whatever … 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, September 8


The Taiwan military rhetoric of last week was compounded by a food oil scandal affecting many large Taiwan food suppliers. The ultimate effect will hurt the pockets of the de facto pro-Beijing KMT Nationalist party controlling Taiwan. As the spirits of Hong Kong and Taiwan strengthen together, from valuable mistakes, Beijing faces a new weapon: … Continue reading

China sends armoured carriers into Hong Kong Streets amidst democracy protests


If there is one issue sure to make the business community nervous about the future of Hong Kong, it is the prospect of the leaders in Beijing miscalculating the political situation in the city. This looms as a larger concern for business figures than the direct impact of the pro-democracy Occupy Central movement. Against this … Continue reading

Hong Kong braces for protests as China rules out full democracy


Pro-democracy activists vowed on Sunday to bring Hong Kong’s financial hub to a standstill after China’s parliament rejected their demands for the right to freely choose the former British colony’s next leader in 2017. The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) endorsed a framework to let only two or three candidates run in … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, September 1


You know that point… where you’ve been trying to persuade a friend to get smart, think about his actions, and change his ways… and you’ve finally convinced him to open his eyes and he sees his situation… but then he looks at you as if he’s been violated… then he shrinks back into his emotional … 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

Huge crowds turn out to call for democracy in Hong Kong


Tens of thousands of Hong Kongers have joined pro-democracy protests on the streets of the Chinese territory in a massive show of defiance against Beijing’s vision for the city’s political future. Pro-democracy protests on July 1 — the anniversary of the 1997 handover of the former British colony to China — are an annual event … Continue reading

Hong Kong has nothing to learn from China, but China has much to learn from Hong Kong


Perhaps the 1995 rumours of the death of Hong Kong weren’t exaggerated after all. Nineteen years ago this month, Fortune ran its infamous “Death of Hong Kong” cover. By 2007, the magazine had changed its tune, deciding, in the Mark Twain sense, that it had been “wrong” and that “reports of Hong Kong’s death have … Continue reading

Hong Kong: 600,000 defy China in ‘vote’ for democracy


Nearly 600,000 votes have been cast in three days of an unofficial referendum on democratic reforms in Hong Kong, part of a civil campaign that has been branded illegal by the former British colony and by Communist Party authorities in Beijing. Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997 with wide-ranging autonomy under the formula … Continue reading

A showdown is looming in Hong Kong, with China threatening to send in its army


For years after the return of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, China’s leaders surprised the world by adhering scrupulously to Hong Kong’s unusual political set-up of “one country, two systems”. Under the terms of the handover, Hong Kong was to retain a high degree of autonomy for 50 years, an ingenious solution for … Continue reading

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