In June, Beijing inserted national security legislation directly into city’s mini-constitution – bypassing the local legislature – following a year of pro-democracy protests and unrest. It criminalised subversion, secession, foreign interference and terrorist acts, which were broadly defined to include disruption to public transport and other infrastructure. The move gave police sweeping new powers, alarming democrats, civil society groups and trade partners, as such laws have been used broadly to silence and punish dissidents in China.


Policy Address 2020: Hong Kong’s Lam says restoring constitutional order an ‘urgent priority,’ hails security law

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam has said the government will prioritise restoring the city’s constitutional order and political system from chaos, as she again hailed the “remarkable” results of the Beijing-imposed national security law in her 2020 Policy Address. For the first time during her term, Lam delivered the annual policy address in the […]

Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam says she’s very willing to meet the public, calls legislature without opposition ‘more rational’

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Tuesday that she is very willing to meet and hear the views of members of the public now that “law and order has been restored” under the national security law. Lam also described the Legislative Council as “more rational” following the resignation of all its opposition members. In […]


Hong Kong’s people still have the power to strike back

Global sanctions on Hong Kong’s political leaders will likely deepen and expand following new rules established by Beijing to let the executive disqualify elected legislators almost at will. Not only has the US indicated sweeping new sanctions, the UK and possibly Canada are likely to follow. The EU and Australia, currently considering Magnitsky-style sanctions schemes, […]

Cross currents in politics and history: Hong Kong democrats’ support for Donald Trump

Expressions of shock and dismay flew through cyberspace after Lee Yee, one of Apple Daily’s favourite columnists, published an opinion piece proclaiming his preference for United States President Donald Trump, who at the time was campaigning for a second term.  Apple Daily’s owner, Jimmy Lai, also declared himself unequivocally for Trump, saying that his dealings […]


You can’t go home again: Hong Kong activists abroad suffer separation from families and threats even while overseas

Beijing’s imposition of the national security law on Hong Kong four months ago has cast a cloud of uncertainty over the city – and also over its worldwide diaspora. Its sweeping provisions mean anyone anywhere in the world is at risk of committing four vaguely-defined crimes, punishable by up to life imprisonment, and the possibility […]

Explainer: How – and why – Hong Kong’s legislative opposition ground to a halt

Hong Kong’s parliamentary opposition has just ground to a total halt, as a result of the government’s decision to disqualify four members of the Legislative Council from pro-democracy political parties. The four include Alvin Yeung, Kwok Ka-ki and Dennis Kwok from the pro-democracy Civic Party, as well as Kenneth Leung from the accountancy functional constituency. […]

Interview: Union chief says Hong Kong gov’t is ‘anti-education’ and attempting to silence teachers

The head of Hong Kong’s largest teachers’ union says the government is trying to silence members of the profession by imposing a lifetime ban on an educator accused of promoting independence in his lessons. The Hong Kong Professional Teachers Union is to appeal the Education Bureau’s decision in late September to deregister a primary school […]


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