Hong Kong protests: how Beijing lost sight of the reality

An interesting article published in the South China Morning Post this morning talks about the reaction in China to the Hong Kong Protests. What emerges from the account is a tale of how Beijing lost sight of the reality on the ground in Hong Kong. Deficient “intelligence gathering” It seems that the intelligence apparatus of […]

When the (young) lions roar: the invasion of the LegCo in Hong Kong

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the Lion’s spirit which animated Hong Kong. Today, it would seem that the (young) Lions’ roar was heard until Beijing. On Monday 1st July, anniversary of the retrocession of Hong Kong to Beijing, a certain number of young protesters took the Legislative Council by assault and defaced […]

Hong Kong’s people reject extradition to China

The huge crowds that were marching on Sunday 9 June 2019 in Hong Kong to protest the extradition bill understood it was time to push back Beijing. Under the extradition bill, people could be extradited to China and face judgment or prison terms in what can hardly be deemed a place where due process rules. […]

The inexorable descent to hell of the “Umbrella Movement”

Yesterday, the leaders of the 2014 movement called “Occupy HK” or also the “Umbrella Movement” went down yet another rung into what seems to be an inexorable descent to hell. After wonderfully squandering a unique leverage and negotiation position afforded by 3 months of continuous occupation of the streets of Hong Kong, the “Umbrella movement” […]

Mid-Autumn Festival in Shatin Park

As yesterday was a full moon day, it was also the occasion of heading to the New Territories to see the mid-autumn festival activities. In this case, I headed to see the mid-autumn festival in Shatin Park. Shatin being a relatively new development on the outskirts of Hong Kong has a quite young population. At […]

Sunsets over Hong Kong: loss of hope

When there is no clouds, haze or fog, Hong Kong can provide some spectacular sunsets, just like the one featured in this post. Somehow, a previous post of mine with the same title garnered some attention, but I believe it was more because of an understanding about the title referring to the political and economic […]

A big protest against the jailing of “Occupy” leaders

  Today, Sunday 20 August, a massive protest took place in Hong Kong from Wanchai to Central, before the Court of Final Appeals. The demonstration was organized by several organizations calling to protest against the imprisonment of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong. A surprising mobilization Somehow, the size of the crowd must have come as […]

The Chinese carrier Liaoning visits Hong Kong

Despite the bad weather and intermittent showers, many Hongkongese were curious enough this Sunday, to take a walk past the HK Disneyland pier to get a better view of the sole Chinese aircraft carrier, the Liaoning. A photoshoot occasion With a good dose of propaganda by the Beijing-held SCMP, many locals, photographers and ordinary inhabitants […]

The influence of China on Hong Kong from an unexpected angle: taxation

Hong Kong has a worldwide reputation for being a semi tax heaven.  This reputation hangs mainly on the concept of territoriality for taxes, which in turn gave birth to the very interesting concept of the “offshore status”. More can be learned (from a very technical point of view) by reading the Departmental Interpretation and Practice […]

Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement and its failure

Two years ago, a movement started in Hong Kong, initiated by¬† a group of young students whose energy and determination brought a megalopolis to a standstill from September 2014 to December 2014. Since then, the movement got bogged down in its own indecision and some obvious frustration and hesitation on the proper strategy to follow […]