The suggestion that Hong Kong’s rule of law will be undermined by the NPCSC move is alarmist at best.
Given the current chaotic circumstances, the NPCSC's swift manner in which the interpretation exercise has been carried out this time was absolutely necessary.
Experts believe the latest curbs on second homes transactions will hardly dampen the demand for small- to medium-sized apartments in the city.
Top national legislature should exercise its constitutional power of interpreting the Basic Law to emphasize the concept of ‘One Country’, and to put a halt to any advocacy of ‘Hong Kong independence’.
As a matter of fact, it is better for the interpretation exercise to come before the Hong Kong court has handed down its verdict than after.
Conflicts arise between patriots and anti-Chinese extremists. We can wait for the court’s ruling on the judicial review, and then for the very possible appeals, and at the same time let both sides fight in the streets. But that would be too damaging for society.
Much as the central government would like to let the SAR manage its own affairs, the rearing of the ugly head of ‘Hong Kong independence’, which was initially disguised as ‘localism’, was something Beijing could not ignore.
A reconciliation process must be launched to ensure a process of nation building rather than internal fighting
Finding solutions for job losses in the manufacturing sector is a major challenge but protectionism is not the answer
The oath-taking debacle poses new challenges for the government and pro-establishment camp.