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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong people can't just wait around for democracy; they must act

    Posted May 01st 2013, 12:00am by Martin Lee

    ... Martin Lee Martin Lee says Hong Kong people now realise it's no use just expecting democracy to arrive one day soon. With universal suffrage being redefined, it's time for them ... The Law's annex effectively said that, by the 10th year, Hong Kong could - unfortunately, not must - have genuine democracy. I was very angry that night, but we did return. I asked why we had ...

  2. Tang, the unwitting champion of democracy in Hong Kong?

    Posted Oct 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Stephen Vines The very best thing that can happen for the development of democracy in Hong Kong would be the so-called 'election' of Henry Tang Ying-yen as chief executive, made ... is a farce, that it is totally detached from the views of Hong Kong people, and that the central government has shown utter contempt for the special administrative region by anointing a candidate ...

  3. Party democracy has proved to be a failure for Hong Kong

    Posted Jul 16th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... but for the greater good of Hong Kong. The party system has proved to be a failure in this city. The situation will not improve under full democracy. The dominant party would become, in effect, ... Having listened to the debates on democratic reforms, I have found that the main point is being missed. No government can operate in Hong Kong unless there is a balance between rich ...

  4. Hong Kong people entitled to basic human right of democracy

    Posted Dec 19th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... inmates to prisons in America. Democracy is a basic human right. It is a fallacy to say that, because Britain did not grant Hong Kong people democracy, China is right to deny such a basic right ... rights, it should be demolished. If a democracy has imperfections and shortcomings, one should denounce them. Ms Lam says that, because the judiciary predominately uses English, Hong Kong ...

  5. Democracy not possible unless Beijing trusts Hong Kong people

    Posted Dec 05th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Michael Chugani thinks democracy had already won simply because the Hong Kong Island Legco by-election threw up two charismatic candidates whose shifting fortunes virtually guaranteed ... stressed the importance of her ties with Beijing to help achieve democracy for Hong Kong. Hong Kong is ready for universal suffrage and the crux of the matter is whether the central government ...

  6. Will Hong Kong ever have democracy?

    Posted Jul 05th 2007, 12:00am by Margaret Ng

    ... for 'no to democracy'. This makes it crystal clear that Hong Kong will never see democracy as long as China's own power system under the Communist Party remains unchanged and barring ... or whether it will happen at all. One thing, however, is certain. The longer this is delayed, the less likely it is for Hong Kong to lead the change. It is a matter of age and attitude of the Hong ...

  7. Hong Kong could be a beacon of democracy for the mainland

    Posted Nov 16th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... 'pragmatic' switch of position to 2012. However, her 2017 fallback option remains a concern to me- Hong Kong already has pragmatism in abundance. Our political leaders ought to sell the vision of a democratic Hong Kong. We should be trailblazing for the mainland, promoting faster growth, higher efficiency, lower corruption, and better human rights on the mainland. The rule of law, press ...

  8. Hong Kong people are mature enough for real democracy

    Posted Jul 19th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The green paper on constitutional reforms is designed to please the mainland authorities, rather than fulfil the Hong Kong people's desire for democracy. Beijing and our own chief ... Hong Kong, it keeps moving the goalposts. In his fine article, Stephen Vines said that 'the level of debate on democratic reform has been reduced to farce as the opponents of change ...

  9. Limits on Hong Kong democracy?

    Posted Mar 02nd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... 'election committee' of which they are part is all the democracy that Hong Kong will get. Denied a vote at the ballot box, those who want better for their daughters and sons will vote ... It is becoming manifestly clear that when China signed up for 'one country, two systems', it wanted Hong Kong as it was at the time of the joint declaration: the Hong Kong ...

  10. Question of the week: Is Hong Kong ready for democracy?

    Posted Mar 27th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Janet Tang Man-wai, 17 SKH Bishop Mok Sau Tseng Secondary School Yes, Hong Kong is ready. A society needs to be economically, socially and culturally suitable for democracy. A strong ... the government. These play an important role in democracy. Hong Kong has a lot of these organisations, such as the Civil Human Rights Front. They did a good job in supervising the government, especially ...




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