The Death of Hong Kong as We Know It?
Sixty years ago the Dalai Lama fled Tibet to escape persecution by the C.C.P. Thirty years ago, Chinese dissidents fled mainland China after the Tiananmen Square massacre. Now, some of us have fled Hong Kong. The Chinese government keeps repressing, but people keep resisting.
Why Hong Kong Matters
The young demonstrators in Hong Kong this week have done the world a favor. In calling attention to their plight, they are educating the rest of us in the nature of President Xi Jinping’s Communist Party rule in Beijing. Donald Trump in particular should be listening — and speaking up.
Britain has a duty to help Hong Kong out of this dark moment
Governments around the world — particularly Britain — should make our views clear about what is happening. And the government in Hong Kong and its masters in Beijing should realise how much damage will be done to Hong Kong if it continues to think it can brazen things out, turning to tear gas and rubber bullets to get its way.
Everything You Need to Know About the Hong Kong Protests
Hong Kong’s government tried to rush through a bill that would limit civil liberties. Instead they triggered a tidal wave of protests — some of the largest in modern history.
Hong Kong’s struggle is ours too. It’s a wake-up call to defend all basic human rights
Hong Kong’s activists stand for something vital for us all: the right of the individual not to be persecuted or extradited to a dictatorship, the right to assemble without incurring prison, the right to speak freely, to enjoy freedom of information. If we are truly internationalists or anti-nationalists, now is the time to embrace all those seemingly distant struggles as our own, and without distinction, without selective or variable indignation. Not because it suits our political agenda or our interests, but — yes, let’s say it — in human solidarity. Universalism is not a dirty word, it is beautiful.
One Country, Two Systems, Lots of Problems
To mark the 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong handover from British to Chinese rule in 1997, Chinese President Xi Jinping in July 2017 pledged to “unswervingly implement the policy of one country, two systems” in Hong Kong. But the protests against a controversial new extradition law pushed forward by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam mark only the most recent instance when the difference between Beijing’s vision of two systems and Hong Kongers’ perspective has been exposed.
Hong Kong was supposed to liberalize China. How did the opposite happen?
Two decades ago, it seemed that China needed Hong Kong as its gateway to the world. But China today sees that gateway as a threat, a potential beachhead for subversion and a problem to be contained before it infects the mainland.
What Carrie Lam Should Do Next
Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam is lonely and beleaguered following huge protests against a deeply unpopular extradition law. To ease tensions in the city, Lam should announce that the proposed law is dead, and launch an open and independent inquiry into police activity during the protests.
A Hong Kong Protester’s Tactic: Get the Police to Hit You
That we have no leaders reflects a certain vision of democracy: Everyone can express their ideas and act on them swiftly. We have traded the prolonged, organized mass sit-ins of the Umbrella Movement for spontaneous actions and momentary disruptions. The siege of police headquarters on June 21 lasted less than a day. Unpredictability makes us less vulnerable to repression. Bruce Lee’s advice, “Be water, my friend,” has become a motto of the movement.