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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2017/10/06 | 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.
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.