Chinese Human Rights Activist Wang Aizhong Detained By Police

On May 28, human rights activist Wang Aizhong (王爱忠) was detained by police in the city of Guangzhou, in southern China. In the afternoon of Friday, Wang Aizhong reportedly received a phone call from someone who claimed that his car had been damaged. When Wang left his apartment to check on his car, he was… Continue reading Chinese Human Rights Activist Wang Aizhong Detained By Police

The Chinese Government’s “United Front” and the Threat to Liberal Democracies

Shanghai skyline (by MasaneMiyaPA via Wikimedia Commons) In a recent interview, Tesla CEO Elon Musk praised the Chinese government, calling it "sensitive" to public opinion. "When I meet with Chinese government officials, they're always very concerned about this. Are people going to be happy about a thing? Is this going to actually serve the benefit… Continue reading The Chinese Government’s “United Front” and the Threat to Liberal Democracies

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 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

Abducted Hong Kong bookseller has fled to Taiwan to avoid extradition to China

In 2015 Lam Wing-kei (林榮基), the founder of Hong Kong-based bookstore "Causeway Bay Books," which published salacious books critical of the Chinese Communist leadership, went missing after he travelled to mainland China. Lam was accused of trying to overthrow the Chinese Communist government by mailing illegal books to the mainland. He was one of five… Continue reading Abducted Hong Kong bookseller has fled to Taiwan to avoid extradition to China

China’s national security more important than Hong Kong’s autonomy, says director of Beijing’s liaison office

Wang Zhimin (王志民), Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), and a member of the Communist Party Central Committee, welcomed the guilty verdict of 9 democracy activists and claimed that China's national security supersedes Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy. Wang made the remarks… Continue reading China’s national security more important than Hong Kong’s autonomy, says director of Beijing’s liaison office

Former Chinese Communist propagandist Ran Xiang asks for Australia’s help to save her detained husband

Ran Xiang, a former Chinese Communist Party propagandist who called herself "chairman of the wumao party", has given in interview tearfully complaining about the detention of her husband Yang Hengjun and calling on the Australian government to help them. Yang Hengjun, a writer and former Chinese official with Australian citizenship, was arrested in January upon… Continue reading Former Chinese Communist propagandist Ran Xiang asks for Australia’s help to save her detained husband

Hong Kong museum dedicated to 1989 Tiananmen Square Crackdown vandalized

Hong Kong's June 4 Memorial Museum, which commemorates the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, was vandalized days before its scheduled re-opening. On April 7 at around 10 a.m. workers entered the museum, which is located in Hong Kong's busy district of Mong Kok, and found that the lock was missing, chairs, cardboards, power sockets, main switches… Continue reading Hong Kong museum dedicated to 1989 Tiananmen Square Crackdown vandalized

Is democracy possible in China? Democratic thought in Chinese history – Sun Yat-sen, Lin Yutang, Carsun Chang

University professors from Jiao Tong University vote at a polling booth during the Republic of China legislative election in Shanghai, 1948 (via Wikimedia Commons) Since the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1949, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has dominated public discourse through its control of the media and education. The CCP… Continue reading Is democracy possible in China? Democratic thought in Chinese history – Sun Yat-sen, Lin Yutang, Carsun Chang

Former Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying Accuses Pro-Democracy Leader Benny Tai Of Supporting Hong Kong And Taiwan Separatism

Former Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying accused in a series of Facebook posts pro-democracy leader Benny Tai Yu-ting of supporting Hong Kong and Taiwan independence. Benny Tai Yu-ting is an Associate Professor of the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and a democracy activist who initiated the 2014 Occupy Central… Continue reading Former Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying Accuses Pro-Democracy Leader Benny Tai Of Supporting Hong Kong And Taiwan Separatism