Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the National People’s Congress, in Hong Kong, in May last year. Picture: Reuters
Reflections by Wee Kek Koon
How China’s emperor maintained absolute control during the Han dynasty
China’s No 3 leader Zhang Dejiang’s statement that the central government ‘bears the responsibility to supervise’ Hong Kong takes our columnist back to an era when the emperor exercised control over local administrations
Having lived his whole life in the modern cities of Singapore and Hong Kong, Wee Kek Koon has an inexplicable fascination with the past. He is constantly amazed by how much he can mine from China's history for his weekly column in Post Magazine, which he has written since 2005.