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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2017/05/30 | 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.

2018/04/26 | Suzanne Pepper

HONG KONG: Beijing's Long Shadow Falls over Press Freedom

'Constructive criticism of Chinese Communist Party leadership will always be allowed,' claimed one pro-Beijing politician, but recent developments have debunked that statement.

2018/01/02 | Suzanne Pepper

2017: The Year Pessimism Won in Hong Kong

Hong Kong's democratic hopes are dimmer than ever.

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.

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.

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.

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.

2018/08/15 | Suzanne Pepper

HONG KONG: Independence Activist Andy Chan Defies Beijing with Press Club Talk

Beijing has blasted the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents' Club for allowing activist Andy Chan to speak but its advocates' reasoning casts a more worrying chill.