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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

Recent SCMP Op-Ed Reveals Extent To Which Newspaper Has Become Pro-China Propaganda Organ

A recent article written by Alex Lo, op-ed columnist at the South China Morning Post, has prompted ire in Taiwan because of its citing of claims by Taiwanese political pundit Chang Yu-Hua that at least four student leaders of the Sunflower Movement. Such sentiments are no surprise from Lo, a pro-Beijing pundit and political conservative, who publishes articles for the South China Morning Post daily as part of his “My Take” column. We might question the claims of his article, ultimately a sign of how the South China Morning Post is increasingly a Chinese propaganda organ... Read More

Dangerous Possibilities Ahead On North Korea Issue, Following Comments By Trump

Panic has ensued globally following statements by American president Donald Trump which could be construed as nuclear threats against North Korea. After reports that North Korea had developed the miniaturized nuclear warheads which could be placed on North Korean missiles capable of hitting the United States, Trump stated in public comments that North Korean threats “will be met with fire and fury and frankly power the likes of which the world has never seen before," comments which were apparently largely improvised... Read More