Hong Kong and China: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

It’s Time for Hong Kong to Get Real

August 07, 2019

It is easy to sympathize with anxieties over the extradition bill and worsening living standards that prompted the current eruption of protests in Hong Kong. But many people are talking and behaving as if the territory will not be fully integrated with mainland China by 2047. This is fanciful. The...

Hong Kong’s Endgame With China Has Just Begun

September 21, 2016

Will Hong Kong’s recent election lead to a cohesive and sustainable approach in dealings with China? In the late 1970s, Deng Xiaoping, the Chinese revolutionary who was responsible for propelling the transformation of China to the power it is today, had a grand dream. His ambition of creating...

Building a Transformer Home in Hong Kong

December 06, 2015

How do you turn one room into 24? Gary Chang, a Chinese architect, has lived in a 344-square-foot apartment in Hong Kong for almost his entire life. His parents and three sisters occupied the tiny space, then divided into three rooms, and even managed to sublet one room to a tenant. This is not...

Fair Observer: Best of the Month

September 30, 2014

Pro-democracy protests are raging in Hong Kong, as life in the city has come to a standstill. This month, the United Nations hosted its annual jamboree in New York. The focus was on the 2014 Climate Summit and 100 Heads of State and Government attended it. More than 800 leaders from business and...

Britain Betrays Hong Kong… Again

September 23, 2014

The British government has failed to condemn China for breaking its promise of greater democracy in Hong Kong. If you were told the Chinese government — an unelected, one-party state — will decide who you can vote for, what would your response be? Not only would you likely object, you would...