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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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.'

2016/11/30 | 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.'

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.

2018/04/17 | Suzanne Pepper

HONG KONG: Benny Tai's Topsy-turvy Taiwan Journey

Benny Tai's comments on the future possibility of self-determination for people and places in Greater China was nothing new but Beijing's reaction frames new limits on freedom of speech in Hong Kong.

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.

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.

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?

2017/10/04 | 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.

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.

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.

2016/06/20 | Suzanne Pepper

New Ideas, New Names, Old Temptations in Hong Kong

Winning seats on the Legislative Council in September seems less important than articulating the new post-Occupy political ideas, deciding what names to call them, and defining the political demands that should follow.

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.

2016/11/15 | 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.

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.

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.