Hong Kong localism and independence

Hong Kong localism and independence

Calls have mounted in the city in recent years for Hong Kong officials to focus on issues perceived as serving local residents first and emphasise greater self-determination distinct from the authorit

y held by the central government.

Six years in jail for the face of Hong Kong independence
The face of Hong Kong’s independence movement was jailed for six years on Monday, for his role in one of the city’s worst outbreaks of civil unrest in decades. Edward Leung, 27, was sentenced at the city’s High Court after a marathon 54-day trial that recounted in vivid detail the events of February 8 and 9, 2016, when a riot rocked the busy shopping district of Mong Kok. Prosecutors described how the night of chaos began with what appeared to be a scuffle between government hawker control officers and street vendors. Very quickly the clash escalated into a violent stand-off in which protesters hurled objects at police, who resorted to pepper spray to disperse the crowd. Streets were set on
What 20 years of polls tell us about Hong Kong's trust in Beijing
The vast majority of Hong Kong people are ethnically Chinese. But if you’ve ever asked a Hongkonger how they see themselves, you’ll know the answer isn’t quite that simple.  That’s because being Chinese has a lot of meanings, and one of them is political.  Hong Kong people have distanced themselves from a Chinese identity, and researchers have identified the main factor: a loss of trust in Beijing. That’s a finding from a paper published last month by the City University of Hong Kong, which analyzed 20 years of opinion polls conducted by the University of Hong Kong. People seem to talk about people becoming less Chinese because they’re ‘too Hong Kong’. Our data reminds us that that’s actuall
What now for Hong Kong’s democracy candidates after upset?
In a rare upset, a pro-democracy politician in Hong Kong lost at the voting booths to his pro-Beijing rival over the weekend. It's a surprise because until Sunday, pro-democracy candidates had always won in head-to-head polls of this kind. In a somber press conference on Monday, election campaigners bowed to apologize for the defeat. It's a setback for the city's democracy movement, right? Well, yes – and no. Let us explain. What election? Nearly a million voters across Hong Kong went to the polls on Sunday to elect four people to the city's 70-strong legislature.  The elections – technically by-elections – were held to fill four of six empty seats. There had been vacancies after the govern
An airline called Hong Kong and Macau countries. China’s pretty pissed
Who knew drop-down menus could be so complicated – and so offensive to a rising potential superpower? This billion-dollar company didn’t, but it sure does now. British Airways, which operates the largest fleet in the United Kingdom, was hit by a wave of outrage in China after state media reported that it listed Taiwan and Hong Kong as separate countries on its flight booking page. The airline joined a long list of foreign brands to have come under fire in China for referring to Beijing-claimed territories as countries on their websites. In a statement posted on the Twitter-like Weibo on Tuesday, the company pledged support of China’s territorial claims, adding it would conduct a thorough ins