The Hong Kong legislature's willingness to give the government a free pass means liberty is under threat.
Frank Ching is a Hong Kong-based writer who has covered developments in China for several decades. He opened The Wall Street Journal’s Bureau in Beijing after the U.S. and China established diplomatic relations in 1979, becoming one of the first American reporters to be based in China since 1949.
For Frank Ching's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
China does see a global contest with the capitalist United States on one side and socialist China on the other. And it believes that history is on its side.
Joe Biden may intentionally be telegraphing the message to China that he fully intends to protect Taiwan with the aim of deterring a Chinese attack.
Recent global matters all see China deeply involved, even when its name isn’t mentioned.
The slogan when U.S.-China relations were first restored was “Friendship first, competition second.” Now, no one speaks about friendship. It is competition first, last and in between.
“Much of the poverty reduction in the first years after 1978 was simply a result of reversing bad Maoist policies," according to one U.N. economist.
One problem is that the Communist Party views people not as individual human beings but as tools to be manipulated to suit party policy at different times
Hong Kong is changing so much that it is quickly becoming unrecognizable. With China tightening its grip over the former British colony, it is losing much of its old attraction.
If Taiwan doesn’t agree to be absorbed peacefully, it will be forced to do so. Beijing now feels that there is little likelihood of peaceful unification.
Hong Kong’s Basic Law provides that foreigners can serve as judges and up to 20% of legislators can be foreign nationals. An emphasis on patriotism puts such people in an awkward position.