I contributed this to China File. The full conversation is here. By David Schlesinger “The dragon must have two eyes.” This was the inevitable, hopeful refrain whenever I interviewed Hong Kong businessmen in the 1980s, during the long and tortured handover negotiations. Their point was that while Shanghai might flourish, Hong Kong’s sophistication and internationalism..
I contributed the following to China File on Hong Kong’s recent protests and its relationship with China. The full discussion can be found here What defines China? This month’s massive protests in Hong Kong, whose triumphant return from colonial rule to Chinese sovereignty in 1997 only put off the ultimate question of what happens in..
I’m part of a ChinaFile debate on the state of the South China Morning Post. The whole conversation is here. I make five urgent points I feel the newspaper needs to act on immediately: 1. Write and publish a strong code of ethics and standards making clear that news decisions are taken without regard to politics..
I’m part of a rollicking conversation on Hong Kong’s elections on China File. The full debate is here. My contribution is below: David Schlesinger: The most important message for the gerontocracy ruling China from the elections in Hong Kong is that generations are shifting, and power is moving to a group for whom the myths,..
I wrote the following for the Nikkei Asian Review. The original is here. December 14, 2015 7:00 pm JST David Schlesinger SCMP sale another step in Hong Kong’s real transition From being a place that prided itself on a distinctive identity separate from the system and influence of China, Hong Kong..