Category Archives: Society

Hong Kong Update, Monday 20 October

Democracy activists continue to pressure Hong Kong’s government across the harbour from Central at Mong Kok in Kowloon, where they gathered every day last week. Erecting barricades, police dismantling barricades and media reporting traffic was back to normal on Thursday, 17 October. Then up went the barricades again. Finally this ended in violent clashes on Saturday, with riot police going in kitted

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Xi’s birthday present to the CCP, a fracturing nation?

Michael Sainsbury Only three days before China’s ruling Communist Party was to unleash celebrations for the 65th anniversary of their victory over the Kuomintang on October 1, 1949 its leaders got an unwelcome early birthday present from an unexpected guest. Tens of thousands of students and other supporters flooded the streets of Hong Kong once a small collection

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Democracy on China’s fringe riles Beijing

Democracy groups running unofficial polls on the future of electoral reform in Hong Kong and Macau have the Chinese Communist Party up in arms but so far not armed. The Macau poll held on Sunday, August 24 was shut down by local authorities and four organisers arrested, Beijing called the vote “illegal and invalid”. The Special Administrative Regions, former

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Pope Francis must tread carefully as Asia beckons

Michael Sainsbury, Crikey, 10 August 2014 Pope Francis will arrive in South Korea for Asian Youth Day this Thursday. It will be the first trip to Asia for the Argentine pontiff, but he already has two more visits in his diary for next year — to the Philippines, the region’s most Catholic nation, as well as

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China’s “one country, two systems” merging

Michael Sainsbury When Cardinal Joseph Zen, a long-time critic of Beijing and a democracy advocate, was mobbed like a rock star at Hong Kong’s 25-year anniversary vigil for the Tiananmen Square massacre on June 4, few could predict the democratic tug of war with the mainland would get so heated. Beijing, incapable of subtle or

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