Freedom or despotism? – Autocratic governance and laissez-faire in Imperial China

China is ... a despotic state, whose principle is fear. Perhaps in the earliest dynasties, when the empire had not so large an extent, the government might have deviated a little from this spirit; but the case is otherwise at present. (Charles De Secondat Montesquieu, The Spirit of Laws) During the Manchu dynasty ... [t]he … Continue reading Freedom or despotism? – Autocratic governance and laissez-faire in Imperial China

Taiwanese citizen detained in China for displaying Taiwanese flag

Taiwanese (ROC) flags in front of the Control Yuan in Taipei A Taiwanese citizen surnamed Yang (楊) was detained in China for publicly displaying the flag of Taiwan. According to Taiwan-based "Liberty Times", on October 15 Mr. Yang visited the Sun Yat-sen Memorial in the Chinese city of Nanjing. After he took pictures holding the … Continue reading Taiwanese citizen detained in China for displaying Taiwanese flag

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Chinese tourist to be deported from Taiwan after damaging pro-Hong Kong protests “Lennon Wall”

The original Lennon Wall in Hong Kong, 21 October 2014 (image by Underbar dk via Wikimedia Commons) A Chinese tourist will be deported from Taiwan and banned from traveling to the country for 5 years after he and his wife damaged a so-called "Lennon Wall" set up by students of National Taiwan University (NTU) to … Continue reading Chinese tourist to be deported from Taiwan after damaging pro-Hong Kong protests “Lennon Wall”

The Communist United Front in British Hong Kong – Governor Alexander Grantham’s Letter from 19 November 1957

Introduction On 25 January, 1841, the British survey ship Sulphur landed on Hong Kong, a small Chinese island with a population of merely 3,000 people, most of whom were fishers and stone-cutters. The largest settlement, located in present-day Stanley, had about 1,000 villagers. The following day, Tuesday, 26 January, Commodore Sir J. J. G. Bremmer, … Continue reading The Communist United Front in British Hong Kong – Governor Alexander Grantham’s Letter from 19 November 1957

Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong arrested

Joshua Wong (image by VOA via Wikimedia Commons) Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong has been arrested by police, according to a statement released by his party Demosisto. "Demosisto secretary general Joshua Wong was arrested at roughly 7:30 this morning en route to the South Horizons MTR station, when he was suddenly pushed into a … Continue reading Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong arrested

Chinese army enters Hong Kong for “routine rotation”

Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protest, August 18, 2019 (image by Studio Incendo via Wikimedia Commons) Military vehicles carrying soldiers of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) have entered Hong Kong in the early hours of August 29 on what China's state-run media have called a "routine rotation". Hong Kong citizens who saw PLA vehicles driving … Continue reading Chinese army enters Hong Kong for “routine rotation”

Solomon Islands says decision to switch diplomatic ties from Taiwan to China to be made within 100 days

Solomon Islands Foreign Affairs Minister Jeremiah Manele said that the government will decide whether to switch diplomatic ties from Taiwan to China within the next 100 days. "It is a sovereign decision, a matter for the Solomon Islands government to look at," Mr Manele was quoted by the Solomon Times as saying. Taiwanese President Ts'ai … Continue reading Solomon Islands says decision to switch diplomatic ties from Taiwan to China to be made within 100 days

Tiananmen Square veteran Feng Congde refused entry to Hong Kong ahead of 30th anniversary of the 1989 massacre

Feng Congde, one of the leaders of the 1989 Tiananmen Square student movement, was denied entry to Hong Kong ahead of the 30th anniversary of the crackdown. On June 2 Feng Conde travelled from Japan to Hong Kong in order to attend the candlelight vigil that will be held in Victoria Park on June 4 … Continue reading Tiananmen Square veteran Feng Congde refused entry to Hong Kong ahead of 30th anniversary of the 1989 massacre

Six Chinese artists disappear in Nanjing before 30th Tiananmen anniversary

Six Chinese artists have disappeared a few days before the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. According to a tweet put out by Cao Yaxue, founder and editor of ChinaChang.org, artist Zhui Hun (追魂), as well as five artists from Beijing Songzhuang art colony (宋庄艺术区), Yuan Guolei (原国镭), Jia Qiong (贾穹), Pang Yong … Continue reading Six Chinese artists disappear in Nanjing before 30th Tiananmen anniversary

Chinese MMA Fighter Xu Xiaodong has social credit score lowered to “D”, is barred from buying plane tickets and real estate

Chinese Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Xu Xiaodong's social credit score has been lowered to "D" following a court order. Xu became an internet celebrity in 2017 when a video of him defeating a tai chi grandmaster in just 20 seconds went viral. Xu is a fierce critic of what he calls "fake kung fu." He … Continue reading Chinese MMA Fighter Xu Xiaodong has social credit score lowered to “D”, is barred from buying plane tickets and real estate

The 1792-94 Macartney Embassy – The first clash between China and the West

During the 16th century and most of the 17th century, China enjoyed a generally positive image in Europe. The works of the Jesuits - Catholic missionaries who lived and proselytized in the Far East - depicted the Central Kingdom as a well-governed and ethical society. (Jones, 2001, p. 18) Chinese art became popular with European … Continue reading The 1792-94 Macartney Embassy – The first clash between China and the West