Lowering barriers part of trade, not sign of weakness

Freedom Newspapers The expectations for the ministerial meetings of the World Trade Organization in Hong Kong last week were fairly low, and by and large those expectations were met. The meeting was not disrupted by the “anti-globalization” protesters who haunt such affairs, and it didn’t end with absolutely nothing to show in terms of an […]

Beijing’s handling of Hong Kong counterproductive

Freedom Newspapers When the central government in Beijing assumed sovereignty over Hong Kong in 1997, it promised to respect the principle of “one country, two systems” and allow the economic freedom that had flourished under British control to continue. Most Hong Kong residents, who had enjoyed great economic and political freedom under the British but […]

China seeking to erode freedom in Hong Kong

Six years ago, when Great Britain handed Hong Kong to mainland China, optimists predicted Hong Kong’s freedoms would pull China in a freer direction. Pessimists argued that China’s communist government would consume Hong Kong. Last month, after 350,000 people poured into the streets of Hong Kong to protest a proposed anti-subversion law favored by the […]