August 2017

China Quarterly Censorship Prompts Shock And Anger

Outrage and shock has broken out in the academic world and beyond with the censoring of articles from the China Quarterly, a leading journal of the China studies published by Cambridge University Press, in order to comply with orders from the Chinese party-state. Apart from this being revealing about the Chinese party-state's need to suppress information in order to prevent dissent, this may also return to inherent challenges of China Studies... Read More

Joshua Wong And Other Umbrella Movement Activists Sentenced To Jail By Hong Kong Government

The Hong Kong Court of Appeal handed down jail sentences today to Joshua Wong, Nathan Law, and Alex Chow for participation in the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests, sentencing Wong to six months in jail, Law to eight months in jail, and Alex Chow to seven months in jail. The three have been billed Hong Kong's first political prisoners. What now for Hong Kong?... Read More

Is China Planning To Carve Out Spheres Of Influence In Hong Kong?

China may at present be adopting the strategy of arrogating territory within Hong Kong as subject to Chinese law in the Chinese mainland, rather than Hong Kong law as specified by the Hong Kong Basic Law, with the claim that this land is being leased to China. We see this with regards to the West Kowloon train station, in which sections of the station will be subject to Chinese rather than Hong Kong law. There is the dangerous possibility that China is establishing future legal grounds to put down resistance against its rule in Hong Kong—perhaps even using armed force... Read More

Recent Comments By Stephen Yates Return To American Disrespect For Taiwanese Democracy

A recent letter in the Taipei Times by Tom Lee, head of the Friends of Tsai Overseas and president of the Taiwan Daily, reflecting on comments by Stephen Yates, a known “friend of Taiwan” and former US deputy national security advisor proves not only an interesting symptom of the blind spots in how many Taiwanese independence advocates conceive of US-Taiwan relations, but illustrates how many American "friends of Taiwan" fundamentally do not respect Taiwanese democracy, no matter what they might claim otherwise... Read More