The Worst Yet To Come For Hong Kong

China’s decision to crack down on Hong Kong with a new security law has shocked the world. But to those who read the resolution issued last November by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), it comes as no surprise. In that document’s section pertaining to Hong Kong, the CPC signalled its intention to assert full control over the former British colony.

2 June 2020

Thai court dissolves Future Forward Party

A stridently anti-military Thai party was dissolved Friday and its key members banned from politics for a decade over a US$6 million loan by its billionaire founder, a withering blow to the kingdom's pro-democracy movement.The ruling could edge the politically febrile kingdom – whose economy is shrinking – closer to the street protests that have scored much of the last 15 years of Thai history.The Future Forward Party (FFP), fronted by the charismatic auto-parts scion, Thanathorn Juangro

22 February 2020

Hong Kong says no to China dream

At the beginning of his satirical novel China Dream, which has a cover designed by the dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, Ma Jian expresses his gratitude to George Orwell, author of 1984 and Animal Farm. Orwell, he says, “foretold it all.”Ma, whose work is banned in China and who lives in exile in London, is of course reflecting on Orwell’s warnings about the threat of a totalitarian future in which dictatorships brainwash people.

30 November 2019

Rival rallies as Hong Kong's divisions deepen

Hong Kong democracy activists kicked off a weekend of fresh rallies on Saturday in a major test for the movement following criticism over an airport protest earlier this week – and as concerns mount over Beijing's next move.The new marches came as thousands of pro-government supporters – many waving Chinese flags –gathered in a park to condemn their opponents and support the police, a stark illustration of the polarisation now coursing through the city.10 weeks of demonstrations have plu

18 August 2019

China says it won't 'sit by' on Hong Kong

China warned Thursday that it will not "sit by and watch" the unrest unfolding in Hong Kong, as US President Donald Trump expressed concern over the risk of a violent response to pro-democracy protests.Trump urged his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to meet with demonstrators, while US National Security Advisor John Bolton warned Beijing against creating a "new" Tiananmen Square in Hong Kong, referring to the deadly 1989 crackdown on protesters in Beijing.The weeks-long Hon

16 August 2019

China labels HK protests as “terrorism”

Beijing on Wednesday slammed "terrorist-like" attacks on its citizens by pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong during a second day of chaos at the city's airport, as the United States (US) expressed concern over apparent Chinese troop movements at the border.The rallies, which had paralysed one of the world's busiest travel hubs, ended with ugly clashes on Tuesday night that included protesters beating two men.The Chinese government immediately seized on the attacks to int

15 August 2019

Hong Kong in a very dangerous situation

Hong Kong's unrest spread more widely throughout the financial hub Monday as riot police clashed with pro-democracy protesters at multiple locations and the city's leader warned of a "very dangerous situation".The third consecutive night of police-protester confrontations occurred after a rare strike caused transport chaos.Activists disrupted vital rush-hour commuter train service, held multiple rallies, besieged police stations and launched projectiles at the legislature,

6 August 2019

Is Thailand facing economic uncertainty?

Thailand’s economy may be in for far more turbulence than anticipated after the March elections. Social unrest has risen and consumer confidence has sagged since the poll, which this month saw parliament return junta leader General Prayut Chan-o-cha to power. Critics have denounced the election as rigged in favour of the pro-military camp, and foreign investors are holding back.

17 June 2019

China: Tiananmen crackdown was 'correct' 

China on Sunday defended the bloody Tiananmen crackdown on student protesters in a rare public acknowledgement of the event, days before its 30th anniversary, saying it was the "correct" policy.After seven weeks of protests by students and workers demanding democratic change and the end of corruption, soldiers and tanks chased and killed demonstrators and onlookers in the streets leading to Beijing's Tiananmen Square on 4 June, 1989.Hundreds, or possibly more than 1,000, were k

3 June 2019

Maverick Thai tycoon decries political attacks

A 40-year-old tycoon who has become the darling of Thai millennials thanks to his sharp social media messaging on Wednesday decried efforts to "kick out his legs", as his upstart pro-democracy party soars in profile ahead of next month's election.Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the scion of a billionaire auto-parts maker, is the charismatic frontman of Future Forward, a new party targeting the urban youth vote with a staunchly anti-junta platform.He has disrupted the Thai politi

28 February 2019

8888 Uprising: 30 years on

30 years ago, nationwide pro-democracy demonstrations in Myanmar saw hundreds of thousands of protesters take to the streets of then capital, Rangoon. Led mostly by student leaders, it was the largest mass protest in the country since its independence in 1948.The 8888 Uprising, named after the date of the protest, 8 August 1988, remains a watershed moment in Myanmar’s history.

8 August 2018