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Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Election

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  By J Kwong Despite three candidates, the election outcome is unlikely to be a surprise.  In the wake of ever greater societal and political discontent, Hong Kong will select its new Chief Executive, on the 26th of March. The official head of government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Of the three candidates running the in election, Carrie Lam, the former Chief Secretary, is seen as the favourite to…

China’s Rise and Superpower Warfare

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By K Goh The meteoric rise of China as an economic power in the last three decades has led International Relations theorists such as John Mearsheimer to predict the coming of intense conflict between the People’s Republic of China and the United States. This case is driven by three main arguments: domestic politics, economic interdependence and the problem presented by a security dilemma. First, in marginalising the influence of domestic…

Navigating Choppy Waters: The Donald and Diplomacy

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By Jeremy Wong With Donald Trump now the President of the United States, the world watches his every move; trying to analyse and figure out the motivations as well as the implications of his new policies. Trump is not known to be likeable to most world leaders, and he has recently made relations with Beijing even sourer after his administration took a tougher stance on China regarding the South China…

Separatist Sentiment on the Rise in Hong Kong

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By Philip Apfel  Walk around the ever-bustling streets of Hong Kong these days, and pedestrians are likely to be furnishing umbrellas only when it is actually raining. Apart from the occasional lonely protester holding up a sign on a busy street corner, things seem “normal”, if not calm. One could almost be forgiven for assuming that the Umbrella movement, a series of protests that saw thousands of frustrated local citizens…

Interview with 2015 Young African Achiever: James Woods Nkhutabasa

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By Taryana Odayar, Executive Editor. 

Lee Bo’s Disappearance and Hong Kong – China Relations

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Under normal circumstances, a missing bookstore owner would have been nothing but a minor mention on TV and possibly a short paragraph in the newspapers. But this particular ‘kidnap’ has received attention of proportions far beyond normal; what was meant to be a purely local event has turned international. Why is that been the case? Lee Bo’s disappearance involves a Hong Kong citizen possibly taken outside legal channels by Chinese…

Cartoon by Marco Kuan Long Lam

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One Kid, Two Kids, Many More Chinese Kids?

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By Kyi Yeung Goh.  Over the past few months, surprise policy announcements made by the Chinese government have become a seemingly regular feature in global news headlines. Here, policy moves ranged from the economic sphere as illustrated by China’s stimulus package aimed at stemming a stock rout to environmental ones such as the decision to implement a nationwide cap-and-trade program. Last week on 29th October, the Chinese government continued the…

The Amartya Sen Interview : On Democracy and Justice

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By Taryana Odayar and Sonali Campion. An aged gentleman wearing a bright yellow raincoat slowly shuffles into the lobby of LSE’s Old Building. He is unaccompanied and moves gingerly with unhurried yet deliberately measured steps. He takes a seat on one of the cushioned black chairs in the lobby and begins a lengthy phone conversation with someone. Students eager to get home before the torrential downpour of rain that threatens to…

One “Two” Many : China’s Two Child Policy

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By Kyi Yeung Goh Over the past few months, surprise policy announcements made by the Chinese government have become a seemingly regular feature in global news headlines. Here, policy moves ranged from the economic sphere, as illustrated by China’s stimulus package aimed at stemming a stock route, to environmental ones such as the decision to implement a nationwide cap-and-trade program. Last week on 29th October, the Chinese government continued the trend by…