China Policy Institute Blog

Redefining Hong Kong SAR: The Mainland Security Crackdown Arrives

Written by Daniel Garrett. Within the last few weeks, the political situation in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) has deteriorated precipitously as China’s central and local regimes began implementing the outlines of a mainland-style security crackdown against the city’s pro-democracy movement and escalated its United Front campaign against Occupy Central with Love and …

Beijing, Taipei, and Hong Kong: One Step Forward, One Step Back

Written by Alex Calvo. After reporting from East Asia dominated by clashes at sea for weeks, the trip to Taiwan by Zhang Zhijun seemed to offer a glimpse of hope for the peaceful resolution of the myriad disputes haunting the region. The minister for the PRC’s State Council-level Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) is not only …

Hong Kong’s Fundamentalists

Written by Jennifer Eagleton. Fundamentalist groups rigidly stick to core beliefs and maintain the “integrity” of their sacred text and practices to the exclusion of all others. Compromise is an anathema and ultimate domination of their dogma is their aim. After the 1997 handover, two unassailable fundamentalist “doctrines” seem to have appeared in Hong Kong: …

Sir Percy Cradock, the Handover and UK-China relations

Written by Kerry Brown. Just after I had left the British Foreign Office in 2005, to work independently on raising awareness of China and the opportunities from engaging with the country commercially and politically, I remember having the idea that the UK had a major advantage over many competitors because of its unique experience of …

Framing the Radicals: Panic on Canton Road (II)

Written by Daniel Garrett. Part Two Introduction: In the first section, notions of hegemonic framing and deployment of moral panic in Hong Kong (HK) by the local (primarily) and central regimes over a transgressive nativist contentious performance (Tilly, 2008) described as an “anti-locust” protest and broader anti-mainlander sentiment were elaborated.  In this continuation, a rebuttal …

Framing the Radicals: Panic on Canton Road (I)

Written by Daniel Garrett. The framing by Hong Kong (HK) mainstream media (MSM), Chinese state media, and the Special Administrative Region (SAR) and Chinese governments of HK’s controversial ‘anti-locust’ protest on Canton Road this past weekend (February 16) was highly dubious and indicative of hegemonic attempts to deploy a moral panic over the dissidents and …

Hegemonic Patriotism and Identity Politics under “One Country, Two Systems”

Written by Wai-man Lam. Upon being returned to China in 1997, Hong Kong was given special administrative region status directly under Beijing on the principle of “one country, two systems”. Evaluations of the success of these arrangements depends on one’s political position. Some emphasize integration with the motherland as the ultimate goal of this political …

The Fallacy of CCP-designed “universal suffrage”

Written by Zaijun Yuan. Hong Kong people have been struggling for genuine universal suffrage for decades. As for selecting Chief Executive, Article 45 of The Basic Law of Hong Kong states that the method “shall be specified in the light of the actual situation” in Hong Kong and “in accordance with the principle of gradual …

Constitutional Impasse in Hong Kong

Written by Michael C. Davis. The global media has recently been fixated on a number of seemingly intractable constitutional impasses that have given rise to crises around the world. These impasses have been rooted in complex ethnic and social histories in such diverse places as Thailand, Ukraine and Egypt. It has recently been very surprising …

Integration and Adaptation: Contrasting Hong Kong with Macao

Written by Shiu Hing LO. Since the return of Hong Kong’s sovereignty from Britain to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on July 1, 1997 and that of Macao’s administrative right from Portugal to China on December 20, 1999, the two Special Administrative Regions (SARs) have demonstrated tremendous differences in their adaptation of political and …