Explainer: How the national security law changed Hong Kong – month 4

October began with National Day celebrations commemorating the 71st anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The public holiday was marred by a heavy police presence across the city which stifled planned pro-democracy demonstrations. October also saw a teacher sacked for allegedly “spreading Hong Kong independence” while a localist activist became the […]

In Pictures: Ambassador demands UK take action after protesters chant slogans, burn Chinese flag outside embassy

Rallies against Hong Kong’s national security law were held in two major British cities on China’s National Day last Thursday, drawing the ire of China’s ambassador. The protesters also called for the release of the 12 Hongkongers currently being detained in mainland China after allegedly attempting to flee to Taiwan by speedboat. The same day […]


Another Hong Kong uprising: defying the sovereign, or a simple demand for local standards of justice?

The contrast in perspectives was striking. Hong Kong’s sudden massive resistance to a local law with national implications made international headlines. An unprecedented number of people… between one and two million… turned out on successive Sundays in June and another half-million repeated the exercise on July First, the anniversary of Hong Kong’s 1997 transfer from […]

For Hong Kong democrats, a time to reflect: is there a way forward?

It was exactly six years ago that Benny Tai added an unexpected political spark to the Lunar New Year holiday by introducing a new plan to break the political deadlock. He and his contemporaries had been agitating for democratic political reform since their college days in the 1980s, when Hong Kong was still a colony […]


How a student’s column in a US college newspaper sparked a fiery debate over ‘Hongkonger identity’

A column entitled “I am from Hong Kong, not China” written for an American college newspaper has sparked a campus-wide debate over what it means to be Chinese. Frances Hui, a journalism student at Boston’s Emerson College, wrote last Monday’s opinion column for her school’s newspaper the Berkeley Beacon. After summarising Hong Kong’s history and recent politics, […]

Hong Kong must accept China with all its flaws to keep its privileges, says ex-official Christine Loh

Hong Kong must accept the China of today with all its flaws. Only then can the city protect its own special privileges. This is according to Christine Loh, a former undersecretary for the environment turned scholar. She has just released a new book alongside law professor Richard Cullen called No Third Person: Rewriting The Hong Kong […]


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