Suzanne Pepper
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Suzanne Pepper is a Hong Kong-based American writer with a long-standing interest in Chinese politics. She is the author of: Keeping Democracy at Bay: Hong Kong and the Challenge of Chinese Political Reform. She blogs at
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2018/03/20 | Suzanne Pepper
OPINION: Hong Kong's Occupy Fervor Finally Evaporates at Polls
Hong Kong's democracy movement is pondering its next move as voters lose hope at the ballot box.
2018/03/02 | Suzanne Pepper
Candidate Certification Is the Latest Blow to Hong Kong Democracy
The latest twist in Hong Kong's electoral woes opens a debate on the difference between self-determination and independence.
2018/02/14 | Suzanne Pepper
OPINION: 'Political Prisoner' Headlines Spark Judicial Rethink in Hong Kong
The distinctions between independence and self-determination should provide ample scope for legal minds to ponder.
2018/02/05 | Suzanne Pepper
What Edward Yiu's Reprieve Tells Us about Decision-making in Hong Kong
Hong Kong's civil servants are taking it upon themselves to act as thought police on Beijing's behalf.
2018/01/24 | Suzanne Pepper
Pro-democracy Field Faces Uphill Battle in HK Elections Despite Show of Unity
Special by-elections to fill seats vacated by 'oath-breaking' politicians banned by Beijing highlight the challenges faced by pro-democracy advocates in the territory.
2018/01/10 | Suzanne Pepper
OPINION: Hong Kong's Spirit of Protest Alive and Kicking in 2018
The reopening of Civic Square, a symbolic hub for Hong Kong's Occupy protests, served to galvanize protesters on the city's annual Jan. 1 protest march.
2018/01/02 | Suzanne Pepper
2017: The Year Pessimism Won in Hong Kong
Hong Kong's democratic hopes are dimmer than ever.
2017/12/02 | Suzanne Pepper
Beijing Begins Post-congress Re-education of Hong Kong
If Hong Kongers still don’t get the 19th party congress message it won’t be for Beijing’s lack of trying.
2017/10/31 | Suzanne Pepper
Xi Jinping Shatters Hong Kong Handover Illusion
Chinese President Xi Jinping's report to the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China revealed once and for all that Beijing intends to exercise 'comprehensive jurisdiction' over Hong Kong, and that the 1997 promise of '50 years without change' can now be consigned to the dustbin of history.
2017/10/18 | Suzanne Pepper
The Enigma of New HK CEO Carrie Lam
New Hong Kong CEO Carrie Lam has proved a master of the art of "responding without answering", enabling her to glide smoothly from one crisis to the next and emerge as the only person Beijing was willing to entrust with the top job.
2017/10/06 | Suzanne Pepper
What US and China's Leaders Have in Common
Donald Trump and Xi Jiping appear to share similar difficulties reconciling their aspirations for national glory with the civil rights and freedoms written into their respective constitutions.
2017/10/04 | Suzanne Pepper
Macau Elections Suggest Lessons for Hong Kong
Recent election results from Macau, itself a special administrative region of China like Hong Kong, showed an upswell in support for pro-democracy, anti-establishment candidates.
2017/06/29 | Suzanne Pepper
Hong Kong and Macau: A Tale of Two Ex-Colonial Cities
Zhang Dejiang's Macau visit serves as a means of explaining to everyone else exactly what is at stake and why Hong Kong has grown increasingly determined to resist Beijing’s idealized assumptions about what 'one country, two systems' is supposed to mean.
2017/05/30 | Suzanne Pepper
Washington, Macau, and the Hong Kong Dilemma
Hong Kong’s last British governor, Christopher Patten, recently told a Washington, D.C. audience that Hong Kong had not been given what it thought it had been promised by Beijing when Hong Kong was transferred from British to Chinese rule in 1997.
2017/05/09 | Suzanne Pepper
Beijing‘s Dilemma: What to Do About Hong Kong
The three most feared of all future prospects: Hong Kong’s evolving relationship with the mainland; Beijing’s conflation of national and political security; and Beijing’s habit of issuing interpretations that Hong Kong courts now accept they are bound to obey.
2017/03/30 | Suzanne Pepper
Done Deal: How Hong Kong's New Leader Reached the Top
Real elections, the kind those fractious oppositionist elements are demanding, create nothing but trouble: social strife, polarization and worst of all uncertainty.
2017/02/28 | Suzanne Pepper
Hong Kong Election: Beijing Decides, Hong Kong Approves
Beijing must feel Carrie Lam is their best hope for reducing tensions and getting the job done as they proceed with all their cross-border interventions.