Today, 24 January,* is the eve of the lunar new year. The day is already half gone in parts of the Asia-Pacific region, so ... Happy New Year ... ... to all who celebrate ~ especially to the brave people of Hong Kong who are fighting for freedom, for their freedom and for everyone's freedom, … Continue reading Happy New Year
With 80% of votes counted, Reuters reports that: That looks like landslide territory to me. It is good news for Taiwan and for democrats everywhere. It is bad news for Xi Jinping, and that's a good thing, too.
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?