In the 17 years since the handover, China has, whatever the gainsayers might suggest, overwhelmingly honoured its commitment to the principle of one country, two systems. The legal system remains based on English law, the rule of law prevails, and the right to demonstrate, as we have seen so vividly in recent days, is still very much intact. The Chinese meant what they offered. Indeed, it can reasonably be argued that they went to extremes in their desire to be unobtrusive: sotto voce might be an apt way of describing China’s approach to Hong Kong. At the time of the handover, and in the three years I lived in Hong Kong from 1998, it was difficult to identify any visible signs of Chinese rule: I recall seeing just one Chinese flag. … [Read more...] about China is Hong Kong’s future – not its enemy
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Hong Kong's rebel mogul and pro-democracy voice China's new law: Why is Hong Kong worried? The Office of the Commissioners of the Chinese foreign ministry in Hong Kong told the FCC to "stop defaming the implementation" of the new law "under the pretext of the freedom of the press", state media Xinhua reported. … [Read more...] about Apple Daily: Hong Kong newspaper defiant after crackdown
But Xi and the party’s ambitions have begun to be rumbled and challenged – a development that this book underpins. Subverting the Hong Kong treaties and breaking international law to suppress its millions of protesters under an extension of Chinese law, the suppression of the Uighurs and the growing trade aggression of the Trump administration, particularly on Huawei, have triggered the party’s first major reverses since Tiananmen Square in 1989. Boris Johnson may say he won’t be pushed into becoming a kneejerk sinophobe, but Huawei is to be excluded from Britain’s 5G network by 2027. Yet seven years ago, playing to the Europhobe gallery, he set out to charm China as an alternative to the EU. How long will his determination to confront China, post-Brexit, last? This book’s convincing message is plain. Don’t be gulled by soft talk of global harmony, or the prospect of access to the world’s second-biggest market. The Chinese Communist party … [Read more...] about Hidden Hand review – China’s true global ambitions exposed
Fifty years after the Warwick scandal, it’s not lefty students but Tory MPs and thinktanks and rightwing papers such as the Telegraph – always eager to find reds under the bed – who warn of the dangers of UK universities’ links to China. Their focus is on security and censorship risks and they quote evidence of Chinese pressure to prevent sensitive subjects such as Taiwan, Tibet, the Uighur Muslims, Tiananmen Square and civil rights in Hong Kong being discussed on UK campuses. … [Read more...] about Academic freedom is precious – so why have UK universities sold out to China?
Covid-19 has had an enormous impact on people who use and provide long-term care in many parts of the world. The scale and depth of this impact is only just beginning to be understood. Even counting how many care home residents have died is enormously challenging, as few countries have good publicly available data. And there is little evidence on other impacts on mental and physical health of both the disease and the measures adopted to prevent infections. … [Read more...] about Underfunded, unappreciated care homes were given little chance against Covid-19