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‘Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times’ – a legacy from the intellectual history of Republican China

By Joachim Boittout, originally published in 2019. Enunciated, inscribed on banners, spray-painted and chanted—it is hard to avoid the slogan that has sparked the lightning strikes of power in the streets of Hong Kong since this June: “Liberate Hong Kong, the revolution of our times!” (Guangfu Xianggang, shidaigeming in Mandarin, or Gwongfuk Hoenggong, sidoi gaakming in Cantonese). Crafted […]

Magistrates must improve approach to mental disability in the courtroom

By Daisy Cheung I have read with great disappointment and concern reports of two recent magistrate cases dealing with the topic of mental disability. The first involved a schoolteacher who was found guilty of assault on June 12 at the Fanling Magistrates’ Court. It was reported that the magistrate had questioned the mental state of […]

How international solidarity can survive Hong Kong’s national security law

By Julian Chan Beijing’s decision to impose a new national security law in Hong Kong has sent shockwaves across the international community, especially amongst those who stand firmly in the liberal, democratic order. This gives added importance to a united Hongkongers’ international front – an essential last-standing pillar that can continue crucial efforts to raise […]

Open letter from 86 groups: China – scrap national security law to save Hong Kong freedoms

Dear Chairman Li, We are writing to express our grave concerns regarding the recent adoption by China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) of a formal decision to directly impose national security legislation on Hong Kong. We urge the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC) to reject the legislation. Although no details of the law’s […]

Playing hardball with China works – the west is right to move to a ‘constrainment’ strategy

By Andreas Fulda Global attitudes towards the People’s Republic of China (PRC) are hardening. In 2019, the European Union declared the PRC a “systemic rival” amid rising trade tensions. In May 2020, the White House published a paper that described the US’s competitive approach to the PRC based on “principled realism”. One of the report’s key passages stated that the […]

Hong Kong needs to confront its problem with racism

By Phyllis Cheung and Puja Kapai The death of George Floyd has triggered nationwide anger against racism and sparked protests across the US. As the reaction spilt over the borders in a global outpouring of outrage, Floyd’s death has reverberated across the world and led people of all colours to stand in solidarity with the […]

The Hong Kong movement must stand with Black Lives Matter

By JS and Promise Li The US has erupted in protests after a white police officer in Minneapolis murdered George Floyd, a 47-year-old Black man. While Floyd’s death may have been the catalyst for this nationwide outrage, these protests point to a much older pattern of police officers murdering Black people across the country. But […]


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