This is a discussion of the recent political developments in Hong Kong from the perspective of a pro-democracy activist. It will focus on the tightening of Beijing’s Hong Kong policy in recent years - its rationale, strategy and impact. The talk will also consider the difficulties and challenges facing the pro-democracy movement at this stage, as well as trends of public opinion in the territory.
Joseph Yu-shek CHENG is the retired Professor of Political Science and Coordinator of the Contemporary China Research Project, City University of Hong Kong. He is the founding editor of the Hong Kong Journal of Social Sciences and the Journal of Comparative Asian Development. As researcher and writer, he publishes widely on the political development in China and Hong Kong, Chinese foreign policy and development in southern China. His recent publications include China’s Japan Policy: Adjusting to New Challenges (2015), The Use of Mao and the Chongqing Model (2015), China’s Foreign Policy (2016) and Multilateral Approach in China’s Foreign Policy (2018). He served as the Convener of the Alliance for True Democracy in Hong Kong in 2013–14, and was a trustee of the Justice Defence Fund in Hong Kong.