Category: Hong Kong

How to counter autocrats’ sharp power: alliances, diversity, governance, & liberty

     

    China is committed to promoting its authoritarian model throughout the world as a superior alternative to Western democracy, says a leading commentator, but U.S. public opinion is divided… Read more »

‘Kill the Chicken to Scare the Monkey’ – China’s sharp power at work

     

When I started as AFP’s bureau chief in Hong Kong in 2014, huge pro-democracy rallies known as the Umbrella Movement were erupting onto the streets, earning their name from the… Read more »

Sri Lanka turmoil points to China’s ‘new colonialism’

     

The surest way to lose an election in south Asia is to be too enthusiastic about China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Wherever Chinese influence has grown, governments have turned more… Read more »

China’s sharp power targets satirist of totalitarianism

     

China’s sharp power is targeting a satirist of totalitarianism, The New York Times reports. A Hong Kong venue operated by a nonprofit with ties to the local government withdrew an invitation… Read more »

China to employ AI & sharp power in ‘risky play’ for global leadership

     

China could overtake the United States in artificial intelligence technologies capable of disrupting every aspect of society, the leaders of a House panel said in a report released Tuesday. Artificial… Read more »

Asia’s democracies: ‘still a force to be reckoned with’?

     

Recent months have seen questions about the long-term prospects for democracy in Asia come into focus once again, the Atlantic Council’s Asia Security Initiative observes. While Southeast Asia has seen… Read more »

Technology in service of ideology: exporting China’s ‘digital totalitarian state’

     

How do you effectively govern a country that’s home to one in five people on the planet, with an increasingly complex economy and society, if you don’t allow public debate,… Read more »

China must account for ‘ghosts’ of Tiananmen massacre

     

The United States urged China to account for the “ghosts’” of a crackdown on student-led pro-democracy protests in and around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989 as tens of thousands in… Read more »

Under China, ‘Hong Kong’s democracy is dead’

     

Nine Hong Kong democracy activists have been banned from contesting seats in China’s legislature, the South China Morning Post reports. Elections to choose deputies to the National People’s Congress now… Read more »

China’s rise means trade trumps rights, says Hong Kong activist

     

Young Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong warned Wednesday that China’s rise means human rights are in increasingly greater danger of being overshadowed globally by business interests, The Associated Press… Read more »