Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Legislative Council Building, standing in the shadow of business towers in the CBD. (iStock)

Hong Kong: The perils of state corporatism

Influential Hong Kong political commentator Simon Shen argues that Beijing is seeking to control the economic and political freedoms of the Hong Kong people by controlling the business community. He cautions against state corporatism of the sort employed in fascist states of the past and discusses how such state control can creep into our everyday lives.
A protester waves a US and a colonial Hong Kong flag at a rally in Hong Kong. (Leah Millis/REUTERS)

Beijing no longer “Grandpa” to young Hong Kongers

Hong Kongers used to call Beijing “Grandpa”. But the recent protests and the district council elections show that they no longer see mainland China as an authority figure. Tai Hing Shing analyses how Beijing lost its standing in Hong Kong.
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A demonstrator wears an anonymous mask, also known as a Guy Fawkes mask, and an American flag during the "Thanksgiving Day Assembly for Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act" at Edinburgh Place in the Central district of Hong Kong, China, on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. (Justin Chin/Bloomberg)

Short-term wins and long-term losses for Hong Kong

What made Hong Kongers stand with the rioters during the recent district council elections? Does this landslide victory for the pro-democracy camp really count as a win for Hong Kong? How will Beijing react? Veteran China affairs journalist and associate editor of Zaobao Han Yong Hong gives her opinion.
Alibaba's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Daniel Zhang, Hong Kong Financial Secretary Paul Chan, HKEX Chairman Laura Cha and former Hong Kong chief executive Tung Chee-hwa attend Alibaba Group's listing ceremony at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX). (Zhang Wei/CNS)

Alibaba’s Hong Kong listing: Why now? Why Hong Kong?

In a record listing of 2019, Alibaba’s stock price in Hong Kong rose by 6.6% during its first day of trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Doing so in the midst of uncertainty in Hong Kong seems risky, but Alibaba’s gambit to reach investors in Asia may just pay off in the long run.
Officials open a ballot box at a polling station in Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong. (Athit Perawongmetha/REUTERS)

Mainland Chinese media fails to influence Hong Kong voters

Riding on a record voter turnout of 71%, the pro-democracy camp in Hong Kong has won 17 out of 18 district councils. This is despite mainland China media calling on Hong Kong people to use their votes in the district council elections on 24 November, to end the violence and restore order in Hong Kong. Yu Zeyuan examines the Mainland China media's tactics and what an opposition victory would mean for the future of Hong Kong, on the election day.
Sign of the Causeway Bay Books: State media in China believes that Gui Minhai’s books spread rumours that are harmful to society. (iStock)

Detained Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai hits the headlines again

Labelled a “criminal and lie-fabricator” by Chinese officials, detained Causeway Bay bookseller Gui Minhai was awarded Svenska PEN’s Tucholsky Prize last week. The prize presentation renews controversy over freedom and democracy in China and casts a pall on China-Sweden relations.
A protester wears the Guy Fawkes mask during a prayer rally in Tamar Park in Hong Kong on November 9, 2019, in memory of university student Alex Chow. (Philip Fong/AFP)

Darker days lie ahead for Hong Kong

Weekday or weekend, Hong Kong has become a battleground with universities — erstwhile symbols of civility — turning into base camps and refuel stations. What is happening to the Hong Kong as we know it?
Is every comment and action an indication of support for independence for Hong Kong? (Kai Pfaffenbach/REUTERS)

OB Marker no more: The problematic "Independence" label (Part II)

Political commentator Leung Man-tao ruminates on the changing definitions of the "independence for Hong Kong" label. He worries that misuse of the term in times of instability will only diminish its significance as a political OB marker and further weaken the authority's power to get things done.