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Chris Patten's Last Tango in Hong Kong

Editorial Board, Guancha.cn | Posted 07.17.2014 | World
Editorial Board, Guancha.cn

The late John Walden, director of home affairs in the colonial government until the early 1980s, lived through this British hypocrisy most of his life. Calling the late introduction of democracy to Hong Kong a "grand illusion," Mr. Walden said it all in a speech in 1985: "If I personally find it difficult to believe in the sincerity of this sudden and unexpected official enthusiasm for democratic politics it is because throughout the 30 years I was an official myself, from 1951 to 1981, 'democracy' was a dirty word. Officials were convinced that the introduction of democratic politics into Hong Kong would be the quickest and surest way to ruin Hong Kong's economy and create social and political instability."

Hong Kong's Democratic Aspirations Not a Threat to China

Chris Patten | Posted 07.14.2014 | World
Chris Patten

Eventually, Hong Kong's people will get what they want, despite China's objections; freedom invariably wins in the end. But China's rulers would take a giant step forward by recognizing that such aspirations are not a threat to the country's well-being. For now, however, China, a great country and a growing power, is handling its economic affairs with more sophistication and a surer touch than it is addressing its political challenges.

The Issue in Hong Kong Is Not Autonomy from Beijing, but Growing Economic Inequality

Han Zhu | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Han Zhu

Those who are now waving the Union Jack to accuse Beijing of interfering in Hong Kong's freedom are not rational in their comparison of the degree of autonomy before and after the handover from the British 17 years ago.

Hong Kong Democracy Activists Rebuke China's White Paper

Voice Of America | Rebecca Valli | Posted 06.12.2014 | World

HONG KONG — Chinese officials in Beijing issued a policy paper Tuesday reminding Hong Kong residents of the city's status as part of China. The pap...

The Future Of Democracy In Hong Kong

ChinaFile | Posted 04.14.2014 | World

ChinaFile Presents Anson Chan and Martin Lee in Conversation THE EDITORS Veteran Hong Kong political leaders Anson Chan and Martin Lee des...