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Beijing’s Dilemma Over Hong Kong Protests

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam is facing calls to step down over her handling of an unpopular extradition bill, huge protests against it, and its suspension last Saturday. (For a recap of these events, see CDT’s earlier posts or listen to a concise but thorough podcast account from The...

Mainland Chinese in Hong Kong

Joy Yang, a mainland Chinese who now works in Hong Kong, shares her observations of the rising hostility between local residents and mainlanders. From South China Morning Post: […I] realise that having a happy life in Hong...

Conversations with Tibet’s Exiled Prime Minister

Harvard educated Dr. Lobsang Sangay was elected as the Tibetan government-in-exile’s equivalent of prime minister in 2011 — he was the second to be directly elected to this position, and the first to be head of the Central...

Hong Kong Clings to Separate Identity

Tensions between Hong Kong and the mainland have fluctuated, but with the recent proposed education curriculum change and other signs of hostility, relations with the mainland seem to be under more stress in recent months. As...

Hong Kong Presents Challenge for Xi, Leung

In the wake of President Hu Jintao’s visit to Hong Kong to mark both the 15th anniversary of the territory’s return to Chinese rule and the swearing-in of new chief executive Leung Chun-ying, a visit met with the...

Why Is Hong Kong So Jumpy?

Trefor Moss writes for The Diplomat about the nasty debate flaring over Hong Kong’s relationship with mainland China, and the root of Hong Kong’s recent uneasiness: Hong Kong’s existential worries flow from a nagging...

One Country, Two Systems? Not Really.

With the recent argument between mainland tourists and Hong Kong locals on the subway and Professor Kong Qingdong’s comments in a TV interview, tensions seem to be rising between Hong Kong and the mainland. As...

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