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An Historic Perspective on Democracy in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong has experienced less than 20 years of popular suffrage. After inheriting few democratic institutions from the British, Hong Kong residents have struggled to assert themselves in the governance of their territory. With vague promises of greater autonomy from Beijing, the final shape of Hong Kong’s democracy has yet to fully solidify.

In this interview, Frank Ching recaps the long road that Hong Kong has traveled to find its democratic identity, while negotiating the demands of interested parties, both local and afar.

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About Frank Ching

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Frank Ching is a journalist and writer who has reported and commented on events in Asia, particularly China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, for many years. He worked for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Far Eastern Economic Review. He opened The Wall Street Journal’s bureau in China in 1979, after the normalization of U.S.-China relations, thus becoming one of the first four American newspaper reporters to be based in Beijing since... [Full Bio]
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