These trying times call for a clear-eyed review of the governmental structures and procedures underlying one ‘country, two systems’. Hong Kong needs a bolder institutional reform agenda, one placing the people’s interests above bureaucracy and adherence to an obsolete status quo.
China is not alone in reining in Big Tech and its modest moves are hardly alarming. Whether it leads to a bifurcation of global tech amid US-China decoupling worries, it’s time to think about the dangers of unrestrained technology.
A true patriot would not subvert the nation’s call for globalisation by turning away overseas judges who can contribute to the city’s judicial system. Under Beijing’s reasonable demand for patriotism, judges of any nationality must possess the requisite sensitivities and understanding.