LATEST on the ‘patriots only’ election

In March, 2021, Beijing passed legislation to ensure “patriots” govern Hong Kong. The move reduced democratic representation in the legislature, tightened control of elections and introduced a pro-Beijing vetting panel to select candidates. The Hong Kong government said the overhaul would ensure the city’s stability and prosperity. But the changes also prompted international condemnation, as it makes it near-impossible for pro-democracy candidates to stand.

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Hong Kong election: Democracy is never going to be a one-size-fits-all solution

The official White Paper on “Hong Kong Democratic Progress Under the Framework of One Country, Two Systems,” released on December 20, 2021, affirmed that during the British colonial administration, there was no democracy in Hong Kong. The Central Political Committee devised the “One Country, Two Systems” policy in early 1980s, and it is the backbone…

Something to cheer after a dismal 2021? The Hongkongers who shunned the ‘patriots’ polls

Let’s hope most Hongkongers have some personal triumphs to celebrate when the clock strikes midnight to ring in 2022. Because, let’s face it, the city as a whole does not have much to crow about over the past year.  It’s been, to borrow a phrase once famously employed by Hong Kong’s former monarch, an annus horribilis.…

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