About Kerry Brown

Kerry Brown is is Director of the Lau China Institute and Professor of Chinese Politics at King’s College, London.

China

Demise of Liu Xiaobo: a case of lose-lose for China

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China’s treatment of its Nobel Peace Prize laureate, writer, literary critic, and human rights activist Liu Xiaobo, raises difficult and penetrating questions, writes Kerry Brown The loss of Liu Xiaobo is a tragedy. For him, a personal tragedy but there are far wider ramifications. The final decade of his life was spent in jail. The […]

Hong Kong

The end of CY Leung

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Hong Kong’s embattled leader CY Leung, who has announced he won’t be seeking a second term as chief executive, could not have foreseen how muscular and categorical the leadership from Beijing would be, writes Kerry Brown. CY Leung, Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), was always a slightly unusual occupant of the […]

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Hong Kong election shows a city divided and uneasy

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Hong Kong voters send a strong message to Beijing by electing pro-democracy candidates The elections for the Hong Kong Legislative Council, the Special Administrative Region’s parliament, held over the first weekend of September, confirm some trends that had already been noted, and pose some sharp questions for the city government, but, most importantly, for Beijing. […]

Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s local election results offer something for everyone

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KERRY BROWN analyses the results of last weekend’s local elections and finds no clear pointer to the outcome of next year’s main legislative elections. Hong Kong’s district council elections, which were held on Sunday, 22 November, would usually be marked down as a local affair. But because of the Umbrella movement protests during the end […]

Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s unenviable choice

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The proposed arrangements for electing Hong Kong’s leader in 2017 have drawn protests from pro-democracy parties and activists—but  KERRY BROWN sees some possible consolations for the democrats. In 2009, I was working on a project analysing in what ways foreign support was helping the cause of democracy in Greater China. After a trek through the […]

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Xi stakes out the moral high ground

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With his appeals to China’s sense of national greatness, Xi Jinping seems to be following in the footsteps of Mao. KERRY BROWN reports. Meeting Chinese leaders, either at provincial or national level, is always a dramatic occasion for visitors. Governors or Party secretaries of provinces, or members of the Politburo or ministries in Beijing, receive […]