Critical commentary and analysis on Hong Kong, China and Taiwan affairs from HKFP’s community of columnists and expert voices.

Hong Kong: When is a colony not a colony?

“Repeating the official narrative that Hong Kong was not a colony undermines the very real need, recognised by the Communist Party, to decolonise Hong Kong,” writes John Burns.

The Burmese python gets a bad press

The snakes “are actually masters of their predatory trade and they are not indiscriminate hunters,” writes Dr Gary Ades of Kadoorie Farm, and the unfortunate Lemon may just have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Free flags and forbidden fishtails: Hong Kong’s new patriots-only era

The decision to scrap a bill for displaying flags “represents an interesting departure from traditional procedure,” writes Tim Hamlett. “No budget, no Finance Committee, no quibbling. The decision-making flow goes from pro-Beijing columnist to DAB legislator to Chief Executive to the relevant department.”

Is it legal for Hong Kong to make you pay for Covid-19 hotel quarantine?

“A Hong Kong resident returning to Hong Kong is not seeking ‘temporary or permanent residence’. They are returning home… the [International Health Regulations (2005)] states that returning citizens or permanent residents must not be required to pay for involuntary imprisonment on public health grounds,” writes barrister Philip Dykes.

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