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Hu Arrives in HK for Handover Celebrations

Ahead of this weekend’s 15th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the mainland, the city’s outgoing and incoming chief executives welcomed President Hu Jintao and an entourage of other CCP officials at Hong...

Protest in Hong Kong: Monsoon of Their Discontent

Human Rights Watch has called for an investigation into alleged police mistreatment of participants and journalists at July 1st protests in Hong Kong. Journalists have alleged that police at the scene unnecessarily used pepper...

Beijing Splits Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy Forces

From Asia Sentinel: Clever divide-and-rule tactics by Beijing have split the pro-democracy camp in Hong Kong and assured passage of what passes for political reform in the territory. The now-certain passage of the electoral...

Hong Kong Closes Primary Schools on Swine Flu Cluster

Theresa Tang and Kelvin Wong report for Bloomberg: Hong Kong will suspend classes at all primary schools, kindergartens and childcare centers for 14 days starting tomorrow after a confirmed cluster of swine flu cases, Chief...

HK’s Tsang Apologises For Gaffe – BBC News

From BBC News: Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Donald Tsang has apologised for suggesting that China’s Cultural Revolution was an extreme form of democracy. Mr Tsang came under fire for citing the Cultural Revolution to argue that social stability should not be sacrificed for democratic development. The Cultural Revolution was an extreme example of people taking […]

Hong Kong’s Boss Looks Forward And Back – Tom Plate

From AsiaMedia: It may be that your ultimate working nightmare would be to have two tough bosses. I mean, one tough boss alone you can handle — just keep that one account squared away and don’t mess up. Having even a string of bosses is not so big a deal — just juggle one against […]

Beijing Loyalist Joins HK Cabinet – Vaudine England

Ten years after the handover, politics in Hong Kong is increasingly influenced by Beijing. Here is an old face in the new cabinet. From BBC News: A leading pro-Beijing figure, Tsang Tak-sing, has been appointed to the Hong Kong government in a new cabinet announced on Saturday. The new government will be sworn in on […]

Analysis: Election of Tsang in Hong Kong part of China’s old `birdcage democracy’ – Jewel Huang

From Taipei Times: Although Hong Kong Chief Donald Tsang (ÊõæËî≠ʨä) easily defeated his opponent according to Sunday’s poll, the election was nothing more than a farce. As previously expected, Tsang, with Beijing’s blessing, comfortably beat pro-democracy lawmaker Alan Leong (Ê¢ÅÂÆ∂ÂÇë) by winning 649 votes from the 800-member election committee, comprised of tycoons and elites. Tsang […]

Hong Kong’s New Chief Faces Renewed Pressure for Universal Vote – Peter Ford

From The Christian Science Monitor: Hong Kong, often seen as a bellwether for democracy’s prospects in China, opened a potentially decisive chapter in its history Sunday, as the winner of elections to the territory’s top job pledged new steps to open up the territory’s backroom politics. Winning Sunday’s elections for Hong Kong’s chief executive was […]

Tsang Re-Elected as Hong Kong’s Leader – Edward Cody

The Washington Post reports on today’s election in Hong Kong: Donald Tsang easily won re-election to another five-year term as Hong Kong’s chief executive Sunday in voting restricted to a Chinese-approved electoral body. Tsang defeated his challenger, Alan Leong, with 649 out of the 772 valid votes cast by the business and professional leaders who […]

Hong Kong’s Future – Time Asia

Time Asia this week is carrying several articles about Hong Kong, including: “Hong Kong: A Child of the Motherland” by Leung Chun-Ying, convenor of Hong Kong’s Executive Council, which advises the Chief Executive on policy; “An Agenda for Hong Kong’s Future,” by former legislator Christine Loh; an interview with Chief Executive Donald Tsang; and an […]

Hong Kong Chief to Stand for Re-election – ABC

From ABC: Hong Kong’s chief executive Donald Tsang has announced he is seeking a second term in office. The widely-expected declaration was accompanied by a pledge of tax cuts and greater infrastructure spending.Mr Tsang has also agreed to an unprecedented public debate with challenger and pro-democracy activist Alan Leong. A mostly pro-Beijing, 800-member panel will […]

Business groups ‘blocking’ HK democracy – Tom Mitchell

From Financial Times: The only declared candidate in the race to become Hong Kong’s next chief executive has identified the territory’s conservative business ¬≠community as the primary obstacle to democratic reform and says his long-shot candidacy will “expose the absurdity of [Hong Kong’s electoral] system”. “The main obstacle in the way of universal suffrage in […]

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 […]

Covert surveillance panel formed in HK – People’s Daily

From The People’s Daily: Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang on Wednesday appointed Justice Woo Kwok-hing as Commissioner of Interception of Communications Surveillance, and Justices Pang Kin-kee, Suffiad Azizul Rahman and Andrew Chung as panel judges. Justice Pang will also succeed Justice Woo as Electoral Affairs Commission Chairman. Under the newly enacted Interception of Communications […]

Hong Kong Rejects Modest Reforms – Philip P. Pan and K.C. Ng

From the Washington Post: Hong Kong’s pro-democracy opposition voted down a modest political reform plan Wednesday that it described as an attempt to sidestep public demands for general elections, dealing a sharp defeat to the local government and its allies in Beijing. The package, proposed by Chief Executive Donald Tsang, would have enlarged the committee […]

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