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APRIL 2007, NUMBER SIX


A Flawed Effort? Legislating on Surveillance in Hong Kong

By Thomas E. Kellogg

Last year, Hong Kong passed its first-ever laws governing the use of electronic surveillance. Thomas E. Kellogg of the China Law Center of Yale University finds much merit in them. But he also believes they should have incorporated additional protections for ordinary citizens and suggests this may not bode entirely well for future legislation affecting human rights

Financing and Facilitating Party Development: What Canada Could Teach Hong Kong

By Sonny Lo Shui-hing

Canada's laws governing the development of poltical parties could, with relatively modest adjustments, be applied to party regulations in Hong Kong, argues Sonny Lo Shui-hing, professor of political science at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. He believes Canadian rules on registration, finance and organization of political parties would fit Hong Kong's society—provided the government does in fact want to encourage their development.

By Willem van der Geest

The European Union should adopt a more active policy toward Hong Kong for reasons that go beyond the obvious, and considerable, ones of business and finance, writes Willem van der Geest, chief executive officer of the Asia Institute Europe, a Brussels-based think tank. He believes the EU should, in addition to promoting economic interests, encourage the growth of civil society by such means as academic and other exchanges, and should welcome efforts to bring the stated goal of universal suffrage into being.

By Paul G. Harris

Professor Harris of Hong Kong's Lingnan University argues that wealthy Hong Kong has a moral obligation to work harder to slow or reverse global warming—even though it is a minor contributor to the world's problem. It should not hide behind Beijing's claim that China is exempt from the need for radical action because it remains a poor nation.

By Francis Moriarty

There is no official censorship in Hong Kong, and its media contiues to enjoy freedoms often unavailable elsewhere in Asia. Yet Francis Moriarty, a senior political reporter with Radio Television Hong Kong, the government-owned broadcaster, believes economic pressures and self-censorship have had adverse effects on the diversity and initiative of the Hong Kong press since the handover of 1997. In part, he argues, this reflects preferences of both the Hong Kong and mainland Chinese governments.

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By Fred Armentrout

Too seldom read and not always translated, a small group of Hong Kong authors are giving the city a unique body of literature—one that often reflects a separate social identity and the use of Cantonese, rather than the official Mandarin, according to Fred Armentrout, a longtime resident of Hong Kong who often writes on cultural issues. They are not antagonistic toward the mainland, but believe Hong Kong has special characteristics that set it apart in important ways.


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