Will Hong Kong’s Free Media Be Banned? – How The Crackdown on Free Speech in the Former British Colony Is Intensifying

In 2015 Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee (林榮基), the founder of "Causeway Bay Books,” known for its salacious books critical of the Chinese Communist leadership, was detained by mainland China's Customs officers in the city of Shenzhen. After he was taken onto a 7-seater car and driven to a police station, he was interrogated by … Continue reading Will Hong Kong’s Free Media Be Banned? – How The Crackdown on Free Speech in the Former British Colony Is Intensifying

Chinese Journalism Student Working For Foreign Media Outlet Arrested For Subverting State Power

A 22-year-old Chinese citizen was arrested on charges of subverting state power after he worked as an intern for a foreign media outlet that published articles critical of the Chinese Communist government, Chinese state media reported. On April 15 the People's Republic of China (PRC) celebrated its 6th National Security Education Day (全民国家安全教育日) to raise … Continue reading Chinese Journalism Student Working For Foreign Media Outlet Arrested For Subverting State Power

Xi Jinping Has Made It Harder To Study China, Say Taiwanese Scholars

Since Chinese President Xi Jinping came to power in 2013, it has become increasingly difficult for academics to do research in mainland China, say two Taiwanese scholars interviewed by Hong Kong-based news outlet Apple Daily. According to professor Wang Hsin-hsien (王信賢), head of the Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies of Taiwan's National Cheng-Chih University … Continue reading Xi Jinping Has Made It Harder To Study China, Say Taiwanese Scholars

The Rise and Decline of Hong Kong – From the British Colonial Era to the Chinese Communist Takeover

Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protest 2019 (by Studio Incendo via Wikimedia Commons) On 30 June 2020, the unelected, Communist Party-controlled legislature of the People's Republic of China (PRC) passed by a unanimous vote a new national security law for the former British colony of Hong Kong. According to Article 1, the law was enacted for the … Continue reading The Rise and Decline of Hong Kong – From the British Colonial Era to the Chinese Communist Takeover

Hong Kong identity and Chinese nationalism – A clash of civilizations

Hong Kong skyline In 2012 thousands of people took to the streets in Hong Kong to protest against a government proposal to introduce a new Chinese national education curriculum into Hong Kong schools. The curriculum, modelled after the so-called "patriotic education" taught in mainland China, would have included material that praised the Chinese Communist Party … Continue reading Hong Kong identity and Chinese nationalism – A clash of civilizations

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

China’s Economy, Unfair Trade, And The Role Of Government

    On January 16th, 2010, Chinese President Hu Jintao made a visit to the Shanghai headquarters of UnionPay. A plaque commemorating the event urges the company to “step up the effort to internationalize and strive to build UnionPay into a major global brand for bankcards”. UnionPay has only 0.5% market share globally, but it dominates … Continue reading China’s Economy, Unfair Trade, And The Role Of Government

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