Anson Chan

The Key to Bringing Democracy to China

At Foreign Policy, MIT’s Yasheng Huang suggests that the best way to promote democracy in China would be to stress elite self-interest over moral values. Huang also challenges the argument that asking China to democratise...

Hong Kong Activist Sworn in As Lawmaker – Dikky Sinn

From AP: An outspoken advocate of democracy elected to Hong Kong’s legislature this week was sworn in Wednesday, six years after she resigned as the Chinese territory’s No. 2 official in dismay over the slow pace of political reform. Anson Chan, dubbed “Hong Kong’s conscience” for her championing of political and personal freedoms, beat her […]

Hong Kong Votes In A Symbolic By-election – John Ruwitch

From Reuters: Hong Kongers voted in a legislative by-election on Sunday, in a poll which has been likened to a referendum on democracy in the city that returned to Chinese rule 10 years ago. The contest pits two charismatic former civil servants against each other — Anson Chan and Regina Ip — and has been […]

Hong Kong’s Former Deputy Leader To Run In By-election – AFP

From AFP, via Channel NewsAsia: Hong Kong’s former deputy leader was on Sunday selected to represent the democratic camp in an upcoming by-election. Anson Chan easily beat rival Lo Wing-lok with 175 votes to Lo’s 83 in a poll of democratic politicians and activists. The result means Chan will go head to head with former […]

Democracy Debate Transforms Hong Kong Election Contest – Jonathan Cheng

From The Wall Street Journal: A by-election for a Hong Kong legislative seat is turning into a face-off between two well-known former government officials who represent different approaches toward shaping this former British colony’s political future. In 2003, Regina Ip’s unflinching support for an antitreason law as secretary for security made her a symbol of […]

Hong Kong Politician To Seek Legislative Seat – Donald Greenlees

From The New York Times: Anson Chan, a leading democrat and one of the most popular political figures in Hong Kong, announced today that she would seek election to the local Legislature, giving a significant boost to a push for full democracy by 2012. Ms. Chan, a former Hong Kong chief secretary, the local government’s […]

Chan rules out a challenge to HK chief – Tom Mitchell

From Financial Times: The most popular potential rival to Hong Kong’s chief executive has formally ruled out challenging the incumbent in an election next year, leaving the territory’s pro-democracy camp without an obvious opposition candidate. Anson Chan, who served as the government’s second highest ranking official from 1993 until her retirement in 2001, formally announced […]

Chan steps back into fray to press democratic reform – Tom Mitchell

From The Financial Times: Anson Chan, once the Hong Kong government’s second highest-ranking official, formally emerged from an increasingly restless retirement yesterday, declaring her intention to help reinvigorate the democracy movement and castigating a recalcitrant “business elite” for standing in its way.In a speech to the Foreign Correspondents Club, Ms Chan announced her intention to […]



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