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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Patriotism, Hong Kong style

    Posted Oct 02nd 2012, 12:00am by Kerry Kennedy

    .... But they are also Chinese. It is a mistake to believe that because young people support Hong Kong's core values related to democracy and human rights, this makes them anti-China. They may well ... and relatively apolitical approaches to civic and moral education under the British. Thus, for Hong Kong youth, loving China and supporting democracy can be equally held values. If policymakers ...

  2. Hong Kong blind to China's renaissance

    Posted Jul 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com We don't like mainland Chinese. It's now very clear. By 'we' I mean Hong Kong Chinese, who are predominantly Cantonese speakers. We don't ... despise poor mainlanders who try to give birth in Hong Kong to gain residency for their children, and occupy our public maternity wards. Others who manage to stay here legally exploit our social ...

  3. Making democracy the difference

    Posted Dec 29th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... We would like to suggest a potential theme for the chief executive's annual policy address- democracy makes Hong Kong different. The 'one country, two systems' framework has ... to maintain the difference is to enhance democratisation in Hong Kong. In order to defend the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary, it is necessary to strengthen democracy. Democracy can ...

  4. Keeping Szeto's flame of democracy alight

    Posted Jan 29th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... devotion to promoting democracy in China and, particularly, Hong Kong, and support for the families broken apart because of their part in the 1989 democracy movement and subsequent activism, ... is that the uncertainty over Hong Kong's democratic progress and continued suppression of dissent on the mainland outlasted him. The government has yet to commit to abolishing functional constituencies ...

  5. Letters

    Posted Jun 05th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... glad that my letter would have assured him that domestic helpers in Hong Kong do actually have a choice of where they work and who they work for. In a maturing society such as Hong Kong one ... there are protests. If helpers are not satisfied with Hong Kong they can always go to another country to find employment. T. N. Kumar, Mong Kok Left fuming On numerous occasions I have to use the cross-border ...

  6. Setting the bar low for developing democracy

    Posted Oct 27th 2009, 12:00am by Joseph Cheng

    ... of political science at City University of Hong Kong ... democracy in China. At that time, leaders like Hu Yaobang and Zhao Ziyang were dedicated to political reform in China. The democratic direct election of village heads and village committees were ...

  7. China's tragic, rival claims on June 4

    Posted May 28th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... impression and haunted the conscience of Chinese people ever since. A compelling narrative- about the struggle for democracy that was brutally suppressed by a ruthless communist dictatorship- was already written the morning after the killings. For many people, such as the democrats and their allies in Hong Kong, it has not been necessary to revise or re-edit it. They believe ...

  8. Comment

    Legacy of distrust through the ages

    Posted Oct 29th 2012, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... when a reader sent me the fascinating notes of a lecture delivered recently by George Cautherley of the Hong Kong Democratic Foundation at the Institute of Education. Cautherley argues that trust is mostly irrelevant to good government and that governments, instead of demanding trust from citizens, should simply focus on delivering the goods. In a democracy, distrust is even ...

  9. Wealth paves way for grass-roots democracy

    Posted May 06th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong-style- could sustain socialism Chinese-style. ... Russia did not loosen the economic shackles of its socialist system soon enough to avert the collapse of the old Soviet empire. As a result it got democracy overnight and, for a time, ...

  10. Loss, not wealth, can lead to democracy

    Posted Apr 24th 2007, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland The old idea that democracy is a necessary condition for economic development is dead and buried. The roaring growth stories of Hong Kong and, more recently, China have clearly ... inevitably promotes the spread of democracy- remains alive and well, especially among some influential libertarian think-tanks in the United States. According to this argument, China's rapid ...




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