The Scars of Tiananmen…and Hong Kong

  My latest thoughts on Hong Kong are in the new ChınaFile debate here. My contribution — No one who lived through China in 1989 emerged unscarred. Beijing residents learned their government and army would do anything to keep the Communist Party in power. Hong Kongers learned that their post-colonial future suddenly looked more ominous. Journalists, like myself,..

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The Tragedy of Hong Kong Politics

  I’ve contributed my thoughts to a new ChinaFile debate on Hong Kong. The full debate is here.     My contribution: Hong Kong’s tragedy is that its political consciousness began to awaken precisely at the time when its leverage with China was at its lowest ebb. Where once China needed Hong Kong as an entrepôt,..

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Confucius Institutes: Shun Them or Engage

    ChinaFile is hosting a debate on China’s Confucius Institutes — Beijing’s “gift” to universities in America and elsewhere that teach Chinese, culture and a dose of soft power. Beijing pays, sets the rules, assigns the staff. The debate is here. It was sparked when the American Association of University Professors issued a strongly negative statement,..

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