Kurt Tong is an American diplomat ~ he was the former US Consul General in Hong Kong from 2016 to 2019 ~ and businessman. He has, just recently, written an excellent article in Foreign Affairs in which he lays out what the US (and others) can and cannot do to help preserve Hong Kong's (limited) … Continue reading How to help Hong Kong
I see, in the Globe and Mail, that "China’s new envoy to Canada warned that Beijing will launch tough countermeasures against Canada should Parliament act on a planned Senate motion calling for sanctions against Chinese leaders." This seems to be the normal reaction for Ambassador Cong Peiwu who is a career diplomat who has specialized … Continue reading A risk worth taking
Zi-Ann Lum, writing in the Huffington Post, quotes former Canadian Security Intelligence Service chief (and also former Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet and National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister and Deputy Minister of National Defence) Dick Fadden who said that "recent Conservative and Liberal governments have “failed abominably” on foreign policy work with China." … Continue reading Canada’s lack of a Foreign Policy
Hong Kong has spoken ... in the best way possible, at the ballot box. In what I think will be seen as, generally, free and fair district council elections ~ the only kind of democracy that exists in Hong Kong ~ nearly three million people came out to vote, a 71% voter turn out, a … Continue reading Loud and clear
So, a few days ago, I saw this: "One of Sun Yat-sen’s final speeches was to the Students’ Union of the university in 1923, when he said he got his revolutionary and modern ideas in Hong Kong after seeing the security that people enjoyed there without a corrupt government ... [then he went on to … Continue reading Why, indeed?
The Financial Times is reporting that "The Chinese government is drawing up a plan to replace Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s leader, with an “interim” chief executive following violent protests against her administration, according to people briefed on the deliberations ... [and] ... The people said that if Xi Jinping, China’s president, decided to go ahead, … Continue reading Is Carrie Lam on her way out?
Remember, back in 2013, well before the Liberals won the 2015 election, when Justin Trudeau said: "There's a level of admiration I actually have for China, because [of] their basic dictatorship." He doubled down on those remarks, explaining that "his comment was a reflection on a growing economy." In fact, he wasn't alone in that … Continue reading China’s future