China Policy Institute Blog

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 …

One small link for Shanghai and Hong Kong is a big opportunity for the Chinese economy

Written by Shujie Yao. A direct link has been established between Hong Kong and Shanghai’s stock exchanges. The so-called Stock Connect means investors in Hong Kong can now buy shares listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange via their local brokers and vice versa. This is a milestone moment for China as it further opens the …

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 …

Why China won’t back down on Hong Kong

Written by Shujie Yao. Obviously, many Hong Kongers are not happy with the way their territory has been governed since it was returned to China in 1997. The recent protests have escalated to such a scale that the central Chinese authority has referred to it as an “illegal” mass demonstration, the likes of which is …

Beijing’s Hong Kong dilemma

Written by Stephen Morgan. Speculation is rife about how the Chinese Party-State will handle the Hong Kong protests against the 31 August decision to restrict selection of the candidates for the 2017 election of the Hong Kong SAR Chief Executive. Tens of thousands have filled the streets. The Admiralty area has been shutdown since the …

Beijing face to face with universal suffrage promise

Written by Surya Deva. After days on the streets, thousands of Hong Kong residents are still occupying several major streets of their city. Already nicknamed as the “umbrella movement” because of protesters’ use of umbrellas to shield against the police’s pepper spray, this is the fruit of indifference from both Beijing and the local government …