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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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.
2017/02/21 | Suzanne Pepper
Hong Kong's Stalemate with Beijing and Basic Law Constraints
Is Beijing's patience running thin on its stalemate with Hong Kong’s democracy movement?
2017/01/04 | Suzanne Pepper
Hong Kong in 2017: Off to Another Fighting Start
It is a new year and the fight goes on in Hong Kong, writes Suzanne Pepper.
2016/12/16 | Suzanne Pepper
An Election Without A Cause: CY Leung Stands Down
Will the candidates try to convince Beijing of the need to re-think its one-size-fits-all 'mainland' political mindset in dealing with Hong Kong?
2016/11/30 | Suzanne Pepper
ANALYSIS: What One Year of Campaigning for Hong Kong Independence Achieved
'If self-determination is the same as independence, and Legislative Councilors are going to be punished for violating the terms of their oaths of allegiance to China because they are exploring the possibilities for self-determination, then the current oath-taking saga marks the beginning of the end of Hong Kong as we know it.'
2016/11/15 | Suzanne Pepper
Beijing Strikes Back: The Risks of Hong Kong's 'Oathgate' Defined
A Hong Kong court has today disqualified the two lawmakers who used their oath-taking to criticize China. However, Beijing’s interpretation of oath-taking last week will have major implications that range far beyond the simple matter of swearing in, writes Suzanne Pepper.
2016/10/18 | Suzanne Pepper
What is Dividing Hong Kong’s Localists?
Hong Kong's 'lost' right to self-determination lies at the heart of the localist argument.
2016/09/21 | Suzanne Pepper
Hong Kong Voters Have Spoken, but Is Anyone Listening?
Will Beijing modify its head-in-the-sand approach to the challenges it now faces in Hong Kong?
2016/09/12 | Suzanne Pepper
Another Post-Occupy Election
An analysis of Hong Kong before, during, and after the city's recent elections.
2016/08/19 | Suzanne Pepper
ANALYSIS: Early Polling for Hong Kong's September Election
For all the anxiety over a possible post-Occupy pro-independence radical surge on Sept. 4, preliminary polling suggests there may be only minimal change in the Legislative Council’s balance of political forces once the dust settles. Suddenly, tactical voting doesn’t seem like such a bad idea after all.
2016/08/10 | Suzanne Pepper
ANALYSIS: Spotlight on Hong Kong Independence
'Now that the independence argument is being so clearly articulated in Hong Kong, Beijing can’t pretend anymore that it doesn’t understand what people here are talking about.'
2016/08/04 | Suzanne Pepper
ANALYSIS: Political Vetting in the Hong Kong Election
The principle of official political vetting has now been applied in Hong Kong over the issue of independence.
2016/07/25 | Suzanne Pepper
Hong Kong's Loyalty Oath: Gambling Again on Ambiguity
As if they hadn’t created enough trouble for themselves in Hong Kong, Beijing leaders seem to be banking again on the dubious benefits of ambiguity.
2016/07/12 | Suzanne Pepper
Beijing Pushes Back: A Referendum on 8.31?
The electoral reform project in Hong Kong will be revived...with the same Beijing-mandated framework, the same arguments, and the same official players. Only the action plan will be different.
2016/06/28 | Suzanne Pepper
Hong Kong’s High Stakes Election: New Candidates, Old Temptations
Facing a well-organized pro-Beijing adversary who never runs for any reason other than to win, Hong Kong’s new political candidates look set to make the same mistakes as their predecessors from the pro-democracy movement.