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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2016/11/15 | 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.

2016/09/12 | Suzanne Pepper

Another Post-Occupy Election

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

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.'

2016/09/21 | 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?

2017/05/09 | 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.

2017/01/04 | 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.

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.'

2017/10/31 | 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.

2016/08/04 | 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.