Why did Beijing make the decision that they did? I would start by saying that I don’t know. There might only be a few dozen people in the world who actually…

Read More Occupy Central Series: The Case Against the ‘Anti-Gorbachev’ Model

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In the last post, I argued that the ”Don’t Be Gorbachev” model doesn’t work well in context to Beijing’s Hong Kong decision. I argue here that the better model might be…

Read More Occupy Central Series: ‘Anti-Humiliation’ and the CCP’s Need to Defeat

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I think it’s worth clarifying what happened in Hong Kong today. What Beijing just did was demand, for the first time, that Hong Kong’s Legislative Council (LegCo) pass a specific…

Read More Occupy Central Series: Welcome to Xi’s Chinese Dream

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  Things are quickly moving to a head. Something is about to happen. One of the primary questions right now is how Beijing will react, and how Hong Kongers will…

Read More Occupy Central Series: The Two Models of Hong Kongers

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There was a syntactically small but politically large notation decision in the SCMP’s recent interview with Norman Chan Tak-lam. Either the editors, the reporter, or Mr Chan himself decided to…

Read More On Hong Kong’s Exchange Fund: An SCMP Letter to the Editor

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