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Hong Kong Politics

Chris Patten's Last Tango in Hong Kong

Editorial Board, Guancha.cn | Posted 09.16.2014 | 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."

Politics Divides Families, Friends in Hong Kong

Yuen Chan | Posted 09.14.2014 | World
Yuen Chan

Social media and the internet may be fueling youthful dissent but it also seems to be driving a conservative pushback from the older generation. This tends to result in one of two scenarios: disputes and hurt feelings, or silence and simmering resentment.

Hong Kong's Democratic Aspirations Not a Threat to China

Chris Patten | Posted 09.13.2014 | 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.

Reclaiming Hong Kong's June 4th

Yuen Chan | Posted 08.23.2014 | World
Yuen Chan

The commemoration of June 4th once united Hong Kong people, now it divides. Perhaps this shouldn't be surprising when the number of people who identify as "Chinese" falls to new lows.

Facebook Outage Gives Hong Kong the Jitters

Yuen Chan | Posted 08.20.2014 | World
Yuen Chan

I can pinpoint exactly when it happened because I was in the middle of a Facebook conversation when the error message popped up. Then my telephone rang and the person I'd been chatting with asked, "Is Facebook down?"

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...

Hong Kong Youth Frustrated With Politics And Property Prices Look To Emigrate

Rachel Cheung and Cindy Ng | Posted 11.16.2013 | World

The authors of this article are students at the School of Journalism and Communication at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Material in the piece w...