China’s dream of unifying with Taiwan is fading fast amid the coronavirus and Hong Kong protests

In Beijing, paramount leader Xi Jinping must be wondering what further calamities can befall his grand plans for China’s rejuvenation. Hong Kong’s still-unresolved 2019 political insurrection is now being eclipsed by an even greater crisis, also of his government’s making. The consequences of China’s lax public health standards and obsessive public security concerns have combined […]


Make no mistake, this is Xi Jinping’s coronavirus

As the Covid-19 outbreak caused by the novel coronavirus has infected thousands worldwide, in nations such as South Korea, Italy and Iran, we are very much on the brink of witnessing a pandemic. What started off as a mysterious illness in the Chinese city of Wuhan has overwhelmed the country’s health services, spread across the region and […]

A fairy tale ending: China’s battle against the epidemic transforms into political slogans

How do you ensure a story has a fairy tale ending? You write the ending yourself of course. In recent days, official state media in China have celebrated the publication of A Battle Against Epidemic: China Combatting Covid-19 in 2020, a book that compiles writing by official state media to paint a portrait of leadership resolve in the […]


Road to activism: how a Hong Kong student led anti-extradition law solidarity protests in Taiwan

“No China extradition!” “Support Hong Kong!” “Protect Taiwan!” people chanted outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei on June 16 – both in Mandarin and Cantonese. On a burning summer afternoon in the capital where the temperature surpassed 30 Celsius, an estimated 10,000 Taiwanese and Hongkongers – mostly students – rallied in solidarity with the millions […]

The Tiananmen Massacre, 30 years on – Survivor Q&A: Zhou Fengsuo

Ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre, HKFP asked several survivors of the crackdown to answer a set of questions about the tragedy and their views on China’s future. The 1989 massacre ended months of student-led demonstrations in China as the military was deployed to suppress protesters in Beijing. It is estimated that hundreds, perhaps […]


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