Hong Kong Political Protests: Action and Reaction

Written by Jennifer Eagleton. According to Isaac Newton’s Third Law, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. For example, when you sit in a chair, your body exerts a downward force on the chair and the chair exerts an upward force on your body. Two forces result from this interaction – a …

Hong Kong, Taiwan and the End of the “One Country, Two Systems” Dream

Written by Alex Calvo. The ideological foundations of China’s 1911 Revolution and previous attempts to overthrow the Qing rested, among other things, on three pillars: modernization, recovery of full sovereignty, and setting up a modern nation-state. All of these were connected to a great extent, historically and ideologically, to Hong Kong and Taiwan. When the …

Occupy Central and the marginalization of pro-democracy parties in Hong Kong

Written by Ng Hoi Yu. The Occupy Central Movement (OCM), also known as the Umbrella Revolution, broke out in Hong Kong on 28 September. It was triggered by the decision of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC) on arrangements for the 2017 Chief Executive election, which requires all candidates to be vetted by …

Splits emerge in protest ranks as Hong Kong stand-off continues

Written by Michel Hockx. The umbrellas were out in full force on Monday night in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong – but mainly because it was actually raining. A few hundred people, myself included, had shown up to listen to speeches by student leaders and activists. Many of the people around me were young, …

The Mixing of Well and River Water: Hong Kong under the “One Country, Two Systems”

Written by Jennifer Eagleton. The concept of “One Country, Two Systems” (一國兩制) was originally devised with Taiwan in mind and was subsequently repurposed for Hong Kong, so that Hong Kong could maintain its capitalist system while the socialist s

Assessing the “Umbrella Movement” in Hong Kong

Written by Michael C. Davis. As the occupy protests reach the end of their second month and protesters face a choice between withdrawing voluntarily from protest areas or court-ordered clearance, an assessment is in order. Some protesters and their critics have readily concluded that the protesters have accomplished nothing, because their formal demands for the …

Examining the One Country, Two Systems model

The One Country, Two Systems (OCTS) model was initially proposed by Beijing as a unification arrangement for Taiwan. Despite failing to gain much traction in cross-Strait relations, Chinese leaders periodically reiterate the formula in the context of discussing Taiwan. For their part, Taiwanese leaders and society alike have always strongly rejected the idea and when …

How Hong Kong’s democracy protesters overplayed their hand

Written by Niv Horesh. Time is running out for Hong Kong’s protest movement. Beijing’s last shred of patience has worn thin; police have cleared one of the protest zones in the commercial neighbourhood of Mong Kok, arresting two leading student activists. The action comes a fortnight after Chinese president Xi Jinping, in a joint press …

What Beijing Has to Understand

Written by Joseph Cheng. The decision taken by the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee at the end of August 2014 triggered the current protests in Hong Kong. The decision allows no room for a democratic electoral system. The pro-Beijing elites will capture a majority of seats in the Nomination Committee, and this absolute majority …

Is Hong Kong China’s future?

Written by Sam Crane. The media spotlight has shifted away from Hong Kong toward President Obama’s visit to Beijing, but students and activists remain in Admiralty and Mong Kok, and their demands for political change have not softened. It seems highly unlikely that they will gain the specific goal they have set for themselves – …