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Monday, March 14, 2005

hong kong

Steel in the Spine

One country two systems - or nothing

The people of Hong Kong are not mocked in their resolute stance on democracy.

Ineffectual Chief Exec Tung Chee-hwa failed to grasp the simple fact that Hong Kong's people *will* choose their own government.

Two major stars in the journalistic firmament file informative pieces in the International Herald Tribune

  • Jonathan Mirsky on the background to CH Tung's departure on health grounds ("If Beijing says you're ill, you're really ill" - Martin Lee)
  • Philip Bowring - former FEER editor when that paper meant something - on the implications behind Beijing's "tremble and obey" line on interpreting the Basic Law.

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