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Cadence of Conflict: Asia, September 14, 2015


China managed to stay out of the lime light this week, while its satellites shined. There seemed to be some chest thumping. Chinese police ordered local Taiwanese police to investigate a Taiwanese suspect without going through their normal international channels. According to a statement from Zhang Xiaoming, chief of the Hong Kong liaison office from … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, October 6


Last’s week’s misunderstanding quickly transformed to rage with images of police, out of harm’s way, calmly reaching to pepper spray non-threatening bystanders, one at a time. Hong Kongers’ support for Occupy Central soared from “geek” to “peak” within a day. China opposes interference. Beijing backs the CEO of “China’s Hong Kong”, with no comment on … Continue reading

China warns of ‘unimaginable consequences’ if Hong Kong demonstrations continue


China’s Communist Party has warned of “unimaginable consequences” if demonstrations by pro-democracy campaigners in Hong Kong continue. The threat, made in the party-run People’s Daily, came as China’s government appeared to be losing patience with the protesters, who have threatened to occupy government buildings unless the city’s chief executive, Leung Chun-Ying, resigns by the end … Continue reading

China, Hong Kong and Cantonese: Dialect dialectic


What I’ve learned from conversations with bloggers and others who are Chinese language speakers, and therefore have a stake in this, is that even thoughtful Chinese people have unwittingly accepted very authoritarian definitions of language and dialect: only officially recognised languages are language, and everything else is dialect.  When one says Cantonese is not a … Continue reading

Do Hong Kongers speak a language?


“Cantonese is just a dialect, it’s not a language.” I’ve heard this meme many times since coming to Hong Kong four years ago. They always say it as if it’s some sort of linguistic fact. My interest here is in the ability of this meme to spread, not in its truth. But given how much … Continue reading

Huge crowds turn out to call for democracy in Hong Kong


Tens of thousands of Hong Kongers have joined pro-democracy protests on the streets of the Chinese territory in a massive show of defiance against Beijing’s vision for the city’s political future. Pro-democracy protests on July 1 — the anniversary of the 1997 handover of the former British colony to China — are an annual event … Continue reading

A showdown is looming in Hong Kong, with China threatening to send in its army


For years after the return of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, China’s leaders surprised the world by adhering scrupulously to Hong Kong’s unusual political set-up of “one country, two systems”. Under the terms of the handover, Hong Kong was to retain a high degree of autonomy for 50 years, an ingenious solution for … Continue reading

Hong Kong’s xenophobia against China is holding everyone back


Recent initiatives by the government to curb transportation of milk formula across the Hong Kong-Mainland border have been called unconstitutional according to World Trade Organisation free trade agreements. The initiative came after concerns over a milk formula shortage that have been escalating since it was discovered that tourists from the Mainland were transporting as many … Continue reading

China: Beijing puts new man in charge of Hong Kong


A new man has been appointed by Beijing to take charge of Hong Kong, a task that would require savvy in walking the tightrope between controlling what Beijing perceives as an increasingly wayward ward and yet not tipping it over into rebellion. Zhang Xiaoming has been given that role The fresh-faced 49-year-old, who worked for … Continue reading

Big protest against China as new Hong Kong leader sworn in


A pro-democracy heckler interrupted a speech by Chinese President Hu Jintao at the swearing-in of Hong Kong’s new leader on Sunday and tens of thousands of residents marched to protest Chinese rule on the 15th anniversary of the Asian financial hub’s return to Beijing’s control. The outpouring of discontent underscored rising tensions between the Communist … Continue reading

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