China Policy Institute Blog

Linguistic Challenges to China’s Centralizing Control

Written by Susan D. Blum. Challenges to authoritarian states’ control of language can be so complex that they exceed the states’ ability to manage them all. Electronic expression of resistance and increasing embrace of non-Mandarin linguistic varieties reveal powerful linguistic insights in China, which are evident too in the so-called Umbrella Revolution that took Hong …

Government transparency reporting and access to information in Hong Kong

Written by Jennifer Zhang. The Hong Kong government has been disclosing the aggregate number of online user data and content removal requests it has sent to service providers since 2010, the correct move to increase transparency and accountability of Internet governance. However, the government has yet to disclose its request-making procedures, and the lack of a …

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 …

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 …