Zoher Abdoolcarim | 11 September 2014 | Time
Beijing must realize that the territory’s openness is what gives it real value to China
To China’s leaders, what’s different about Hong Kong is what makes it dangerous. Some local activists have called for the end to Communist Party rule of the mainland, making them, from Beijing’s standpoint, subversives. Beijing’s harder and more intimidating line toward Hong Kong reflects its harder and more intimidating line at home and toward much of the rest of the world. If powers like the U.S. and Russia are reluctant to challenge China, goes the thinking in Beijing, who is tiny Hong Kong to do so?
Chris Buckley and Michael Forsythe | 31 Aug 2014 | New York Times
HONG KONG — China’s legislature laid down strict limits on Sunday to proposed voting reforms in Hong Kong, pushing back against months of rallies calling for free, democratic elections.
Occupy Central says it will engage in nonviolent civil disobedience to avoid major disruption. Its organizers have said that they do not plan to plunge into mass protests immediately.
“We’re not making threats, we’re just sending warning signals,” said Mr. Tai, the group’s co-founder. “The house is on fire, something has to be done.”
Issued on 31 August 2014
On Sept 1, NCHKC sent letters to the following US officials to urge them to speak out for Hong Kong people:
- Vice President Joe Biden
- Representative Nancy Peloci, House leader for Democrat,
- Senator Sherrod Brown, Chairman of Congressional-Executive Commission on China
- Representative Christopher Smith, Co-chairman of Congressional-Executive Commission on China
We salute the tremendous courage shown by the people of Hong Kong who will be starting a series of peaceful resistance actions in defiance of Beijing’s denial of their democratic rights.
31 Aug 2014 | BBC
Democratic groups in Hong Kong have vowed to fight a Chinese government ruling that effectively gives China control over the candidates for the next leadership election.
Original published in Apple Daily on 26 August 2014: Read original
Translation on 28 August 2014
The real problem is not the alarm bell, but rather the fire. It is still burning out there even without any alarm. The loud alarm goes on just because of the fire, which is the root cause of the problem. Those who ring the alarm bells, which are very loud indeed, are not trying to create disturbances but are actually trying to warn the occupants instead of fleeing himself. What is really ridiculous is that the determination, courage and decisiveness are not used to put off the fire but rather used against the one who notices the fire and rings the alarm bells. I could not help but ask: “What the heck is the rationale behind?”
Oiwan Lam | 25 August 2014 | Global Voices Online
As pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong continue to push for a greater say in the election of the city’s leader, top officials in mainland China closed discussion on the matter, claiming any restrictions placed on the vote are done so for national security.
Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China, is set to have its first direct vote of the city’s chief executive in 2017, but Beijing says a nominating committee must approve the candidates. Democracy advocates fear Hong Kong will only have pro-Beijing candidates to choose from, defeating the purpose of the election.
25 August 2014 | RTHK
Occupy Central organiser Benny Tai says his movement won’t carry out their full disobedience campaign if Beijing only rules out public nomination for the 2017 chief executive election.
The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress is expected to make a decision next Sunday. Occupy Central has said it will peacefully block Hong Kong’s business district if Beijing doesn’t offer democracy which meets international standards.
Peter So, Joyce Ng | 21 August 2014 | South China Morning Post
Legislators pledge to reject any proposal that does not grant genuine universal suffrage, but even if it did, they may not accept it either
Tony Cheung, Gary Cheung, Peter So | 21 August 2014 | South China Morning Post
Unprecedented representation at meeting to set 2017 election rules seen as Beijing’s commitment to reform, but only one city deputy gets a vote
Tony Cheung, Gary Cheung | 19 August 2014 | South China Morning Post
Dialogue between Beijing’s top representative in Hong Kong and pan-democratic lawmakers yesterday was “far more frank than expected” but both sides remain poles apart on the city’s political reform.
Tony Cheung | 19 August 2014 | South China Morning Post
More than half of Hongkongers say candidates should be allowed to run for chief executive in 2017 if they are endorsed by one-eighth of nominating committee members, a survey has found.
Peter So, Gary Cheung | 18 August 2014 | South China Morning Post
Central government’s top representative says no decision has been made and pan-democrats can still influence NPC Standing Committee ruling
Calvin Liu, Brian Yap and Joyce Ng | 18 August 2014 | SCMP
The government’s consultation exercise on political reform was dominated by “orchestrated” bloc submissions, most of them favouring a conservative stance, a South China Morning Post study has revealed.
- More than 90% of 121,447 submissions to HK Gov electoral reform consultation were based on templates and submitted collectively by 822 groups- most of which were not named.
- 80% of submissions to HK gov public consultation on electoral reform were made by unidentified groups using templates.
- Pro-CCP DAB made 12.7% of submissions to HK gov electoral reform consultation, most nearly identical.
- Unidentified groups & DAB are 92.7% of group submissions to HK consultation on electoral reform.
Calvin Liu, Brian Yap, Joyce Ng | 18 August 2014 | South China Morning Post
Academics cast doubt on whether report on reform truly represents public views given ‘orchestrated’ submissions from 822 groups
Tony Cheung in Beijing, Peter So and Gary Cheung | 16 August 2014 | SCMP
The more Hong Kong activists talk about using civil disobedience to press Beijing to heed demands for greater democracy, the more it will stand firm on electoral reform, the city’s sole representative on the country’s top legislative body warned yesterday.
Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai offered the warning as the body, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, began a week of deliberations to define the framework by which Hong Kong will elect its next leader in 2017.
Peter So, Gary Cheung | 15 August 2014 | South China Morning Post
Lawmakers invited to Shenzhen next week to discuss poll deal with senior Beijing officials
Ng Kang-chung, Peter So | 15 August 2014 | South China Morning Post
Last-ditch effort to persuade Beijing to accept public nomination for 2017 chief executive election as government’s decision time nears
Gary Cheung | 14 August 2014 | South China Morning Post
Beijing insiders say central government wants to set a high nomination threshold for the 2017 poll
14 August 2014 | EJ Insight
Occupy Central is set to launch civil disobedience in Hong Kong as soon as the National People’s Congress (NPC) approves an election reform package that fails to meet its expectations, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.
China’s legislature is expected to announce its decision in the last week of August during its annual session.