US envoy assures Taiwan relations are ‘stronger than ever’ as it faces increasingly hostile moves by China

Relations between Taiwan and the United States are “stronger than ever”, an envoy for President Joe Biden said Thursday during a visit to the democratic island as it faces increasingly hostile moves by China. Former senator Christopher Dodd and former deputy secretaries of state Richard Armitage and James Steinberg were asked by Biden to travel […]

Hong Kong’s cultural revolution has arrived at the arts

It was always going to be a matter of time before the new Cultural Revolution surge sweeping through Hong Kong would focus on the arts. This is, after all, intrinsic to the idea of a revolution described as being cultural. What was less expected was that this new attack on Hong Kong’s way of life […]


China must be held liable for letting the Covid pandemic spread to the world

Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, nine in ten Canadians held a negative impression of the government of China, according to a 2019 Nanos national opinion survey. Many people in countries with independent media probably know that during about 40 days in late 2019 and early 2020 Beijing concealed and falsified information about the spread of […]

China’s Xi Jinping, the headline columnist

By Elinor Zhou Seeking Truth, the Chinese Communist Party’s bi-monthly theoretical journal, rang in the New Year on January 1 with a headline piece from the most prominent political contributor possible – none other than General Secretary Xi Jinping. The article, “Working Together to Build a Community of Shared Destiny for Mankind” (共同构建人类命运共同体), was addressed to an […]


HK 2020 Interview: Ex-governor Patten says widespread British support for new visa rights for Hongkongers

Hong Kong’s last colonial governor Lord Chris Patten says Britain’s move to offer Hongkongers who hold British National (Overseas) passports and close family members a pathway to citizenship has won support “across the board” in the UK, thanks to Chinese leader Xi Jinping and his Communist regime that “made life difficult” in the city. In […]

EXCLUSIVE: China expert Jerome Cohen – ‘We can’t give up… when Xi leaves the scene, there will be a return to a better life’

Professor Jerome Cohen – widely respected as the world’s top China law expert – was once feted as “a friend of China” who advocated US engagement with the country amid Cold War hostilities back in the 1960s. These days, the outspoken critic of China’s human rights abuses and Hong Kong’s looming national security law, is […]

Exclusive: Cartoonist Badiucao says satire is the ‘temporary aspirin’ that can heal Hong Kong’s protest trauma

Chinese-Australian artist Badiucao has told HKFP that the power of political satire comes from deconstructing authority and it can act as a “temporary painkiller” for Hongkongers traumatised by the ongoing pro-democracy protests. In an exclusive live-streamed interview, the cartoonist shared his thoughts on the role of art in social movements and spoke of how humour […]


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