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Spreading Tinder over Dry Scrub

John Gittings: ‘One China, Many Paths’, 8 July 2004

One China, Many Paths 
edited by Wang Chaohua.
Verso, 368 pp., £20, November 2003, 1 85984 537 1
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... debate which has resurfaced among intellectuals since Tiananmen Square. It has been influenced, Wang Chaohua writes, by two significant structural changes in intellectual life. The first was the emergence of ‘an international field of communication and exchange . . . that now extends from the mainland to Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore, the US and ...

‘I’m a petitioner – open fire!’

Chaohua Wang: Beijing locks up its lawyers, 5 November 2015

... 王超华发表了关于中国法治的文章,阅读全文请点击这里One night​ in July, Wang Yu, a lawyer in her mid-forties, returned to her home in Beijing after seeing her husband and teenage son off at the airport, unaware that they had both been detained by police before boarding their flight to Australia ...

Diary

Chaohua Wang: Remembering Tiananmen, 5 July 2007

... Contrary to their intention, commemorations of historical events are more often reminders of the power of forgetting: either official ceremonies that gradually lose their meaning, becoming public holidays like any other, or gatherings of tiny bands of militants or mourners, whose numbers dwindle to nothing as the years pass. In Los Angeles, you can see both kinds ...

Hong Kong v. Beijing

Chaohua Wang: Hong Kong heats up, 15 August 2019

... It has been​ a hot summer in Hong Kong, in every sense. Massive protest rallies have rocked the city since June; on two occasions they have involved more than a million people – out of a total population of 7.4 million. The protests have taken on a weekly rhythm, as those of the gilets jaunes did in France earlier this year, stirring up every Saturday or Sunday, spreading into the outer reaches of the territory ...

Diary

John Lanchester: A Whiff of Tear Gas, 19 December 2019

... progress towards full democracy spelled out in the Basic Law was given in the LRB of 15 August by Chaohua Wang.The tensions arising from Hong Kong’s pseudo-democratic arrangements have fed the current crisis in Hong Kong. The chief executive, currently the hapless Carrie Lam, is not a politician and does not behave like one, and as a result has failed ...

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