Category: Hong Kong

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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Backflip: Western media suddenly sympathise with Hong Kong separatists

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The Western media have gone from obscuring to exalting Hong Kong separatism, Benjamin Garvey observes. There has been a sudden deluge of Western reporting on Hong Kong separatism over the last six months—and, interestingly, it has been sympathetic. China watchers who rely on mainstream Western media could be forgiven for thinking the Hong Kong Independence […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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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End of innocence for Hong Kong

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Even if Hong Kong returns to normal, tensions are likely to simmer, says KERRY BROWN. For a place stereotyped as apolitical and wholly business orientated, the protests convulsing Hong Kong have revealed a different face to the city. As a place of contract and rule of law, Hong Kong has always been appreciated by Mainland […]