A demonstrator holds a US flag during a protest in Hong Kong on July 1. Hong Kong protesters have welcomed support from the US, but Senator Ted Cruz has blocked legislation that would have made immigration easier for dissidents. Photo: Bloomberg A demonstrator holds a US flag during a protest in Hong Kong on July 1. Hong Kong protesters have welcomed support from the US, but Senator Ted Cruz has blocked legislation that would have made immigration easier for dissidents. Photo: Bloomberg
A demonstrator holds a US flag during a protest in Hong Kong on July 1. Hong Kong protesters have welcomed support from the US, but Senator Ted Cruz has blocked legislation that would have made immigration easier for dissidents. Photo: Bloomberg
Mike Rowse
Opinion

Opinion

Mike Rowse

After a dreadful year, three wishes for Hong Kong in 2021

  • So-called friends of Hong Kong, like US Senator Ted Cruz, should stop ‘helping’ us. Young idealistic proponents of political reform need to be less naive. And, with society still deeply divided, all parties should work towards reconciliation

A demonstrator holds a US flag during a protest in Hong Kong on July 1. Hong Kong protesters have welcomed support from the US, but Senator Ted Cruz has blocked legislation that would have made immigration easier for dissidents. Photo: Bloomberg A demonstrator holds a US flag during a protest in Hong Kong on July 1. Hong Kong protesters have welcomed support from the US, but Senator Ted Cruz has blocked legislation that would have made immigration easier for dissidents. Photo: Bloomberg
A demonstrator holds a US flag during a protest in Hong Kong on July 1. Hong Kong protesters have welcomed support from the US, but Senator Ted Cruz has blocked legislation that would have made immigration easier for dissidents. Photo: Bloomberg
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Mike Rowse

Mike Rowse

Mike Rowse has lived in Hong Kong since 1972, and is a naturalised Chinese citizen. He spent six years in the ICAC from 1974 to 1980, then 28 years in the government as an administrative officer until retirement in December 2008. He is now the search director for Stanton Chase International, and also hosts a radio talk show and writes regularly for both English and Chinese media.