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 http://chinaelectionsblog.net/hkfocus/.

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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.

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?

2016/09/21 | 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?

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.

2019/03/21 | Suzanne Pepper

China's National People's Congress Broadcasts Hong Kong's Ominous Future

China's recent National People's Congress provided hints of the party's views on Hong Kong, Taiwan, and 'one country, two systems.'

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.

2016/09/12 | Suzanne Pepper

Another Post-Occupy Election

An analysis of Hong Kong before, during, and after the city's recent elections.

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.

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.

2016/07/12 | 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.

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.

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.

2016/10/18 | 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.