Analysis Report: 11 Years After Hong Kong's Handover
- *Mainland China has in a high-profile manner intervened in Hong Kong affairs at the different levels, which hindered democratic advancement.
- *The HKSAR government has rationalized mainland China’s intervention in Hong Kong affairs, which hastened a qualitative change in the “one country, two systems” formula.
- Positive economic prospects have helped stabilized Hong Kong’s political situation.
- The Hong Kong economy has become heavily reliant on mainland China, and the impacts brought about by changes in mainland China’s economy and policy have increased.
- Press and speech freedoms and the rights to visit hometowns have been undermined, which aroused concern.
- The international community has affirmed the sound investment climate in Hong Kong, but has been concerned over the timetable and roadmap of the direct elections.
- The interaction between Hong Kong and mainland China has become more frequent, and the integration of the immigrant population has become an issue.
- The HKSAR government has proposed measures to strengthen Taiwan-Hong Kong relations, while the crux lies in the accompanying measures and the continuity.
- There have been 178 controversial cases that test China's pledge to keep Hong Kong “unchanged for 50 years.”
- Bruce Jacobs' interview on Radio Australia about the PRC-KMT talks.
- Chinasmack: Chiang Kai-shek's ten Time magazine covers.
- Steve visits a "tourist site" -- a little known old power station.
- Christian Segura in Asia Times on PRC tourists in Taiwan.
- Jon Adams on Taiwan's Bus Santas
- Reuters blog on the new KMT rap aimed at young people (rap link)
- Important: NSC head Su Chi, one of the most powerful men in the Ma Administration, is publicly intervening in the dispute over US beef. This shows the importance of issue in US-Taiwan relations, and the pressure the US is putting on Taiwan over the issue.
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