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The Sun Never Set On The British Empire’s Oppression

Across Asia, in places such as Myanmar, India, and Hong Kong, leaders that espouse nationalist rhetoric and bemoan their former colonial overlords see no issue with deploying laws designed by those foreign masters against their own people. These lasting vestiges of the British empire are draconian, overly broad, and vaguely worded, but they persist very much because of these traits, existing as powerful weapons of modern lawfare.

Read Here | The Atlantic

US, China On Collision Course Headed To Alaska

The United States and China have started debating the agenda for their meeting in Alaska on March 18, with both sides trading recriminations over human rights, trade and other rancorous issues. On Friday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US condemns China’s continuing assault on democratic institutions in Hong Kong.

Read Here | Asia Times

Is Taiwan The Next Hong Kong?

A tepid U.S. reaction could leave Beijing with the impression that it can proceed with relative impunity on other contentious issues in Asia. The shadow of Taiwan looms large in this context.Unless the United States demonstrates the resolve and ability to resist Chinese coercion and aggression, China’s leaders may eventually conclude that the risks and the costs of future military action against Taiwan are low—or at least tolerable.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Britain To Give Millions Of Hongkongers Residency Rights, Path To Citizenship After National Security Law

Millions of Hongkongers eligible for British National (Overseas) passports, their spouses and underage children will be allowed to resettle in the UK and given a path to British citizenship, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday. The historic change to the rights of Hongkongers born during the colonial era was announced hours after China officially imposed a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

China Passes Hong Kong Security Law, Deepening Fears For Future

China’s President Xi Jinping has signed into law a controversial national security legislation for Hong Kong that Beijing says is necessary to deal with separatism and foreign interference but critics say will outlaw dissent and destroy the autonomy promised when the territory was returned to China in 1997.

Read Here – AlJazeera

China’s Tightening Grasp In The South China Sea: A First-Hand Look

China has taken advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been dominating headlines around the world, to reinforce its grasp on the South China Sea. While Western media is now preoccupied by the U.S. protests, Beijing will likely continue to take advantage of the fact that the eyes of the world remain focused elsewhere.

Read Here – The Diplomat

The Shape Of Asia’s New Cold War

China’s decision to demolish the “one country, two systems” arrangement in Hong Kong appears to be a fait accompli, and in fact seems to have been preordained. Viewed in a broader context, the move represents a major salvo in a new cold war that is already playing out across three critical dimensions.

Read Here – Project Syndicate

Beijing Fires Warning Shot As Britain Reconsiders China Ties

Relations between China and Britain are fraying amid growing concerns among British politicians about China’s economic influence and Hong Kong. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s tougher stance reflects increasing cross-party scepticism, while Chinese diplomats have not contradicted media reports that Beijing would retaliate if Chinese business activities are limited.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

Hong Kong Ensnared In U.S.-China Showdown

The Trump administration’s declaration  that the United States no longer considers Hong Kong autonomous from China, given Beijing’s increasingly aggressive policies there, could pave the way for reprisals from Washington and a potentially dramatic reshaping of Asia’s economic geography. The U.S. announcement was made a day before China’s parliament approved a new security law for the semi-autonomous region that gave Beijing broad powers to crush dissent there.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

Also Read: ASEAN, India Unlikely To Pressure Beijing Over Hong Kong National Security Law

Hong Kong Is A Battlefield Because Hongkongers Want The Rights They Were Promised

Hong Kong and the rest of the world have been stunned by the  bloody spectacles and violence across the city over these past months. How did a peaceful society suddenly degenerate into lawlessness and chaos, with students, ordinary people and even policemen attacking one another like deadly enemies when, before this disaster, they were normal law-abiding citizens? What has changed Hong Kong from a peaceful, beautiful international city into a battlefield within such a short time?
Read Here – South China Morning Post

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