Robin Lee Recently the ill-fated Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (the HZMB) has been back in the news again. This time the reason was due to yet another budget overrun of HK$11.7 billion for which Hong Kong will need to pay a … Continue reading A Bridge for China: What can Hong Kong tell us about China’s ‘going global’ strategy?
Robin Lee China’s one-party state has long sought to silence critical voices having been concerned about maintenance of control and regime stability. Following Xi Jinping’s rise to power, the country has once again been witnessing a harder line in this … Continue reading The Future of Social Control? China’s Proposed Social Credit System
Globalization Monitor Hong Kong Labor groups demanding fair treatment for Volkswagen’s dispatch workers in China (15/Dec/2017). “Shame on You, Volkswagen!’ ‘Treat workers fairly!” For any of workers, wherever they live, whichever their colour, sex or race, are always facing … Continue reading The Fate of Volkswagen Dispatch Workers in China
DE JONG Alex (The original article was published in “Europe Solidaire Sans Frontières”.) The Philippines are going through a double, mutually reinforcing crisis. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is responsible for a so-called “war on drugs” that is costing thousands … Continue reading In Duterte’s Philippines, War Against the Poor
On November 18, 2017, a fire broke out in Daxing District of Beijing, a suburb densely populated by low-income migrant workers. The fire killed at least 19 people and injured 8. After the fire, in the name of “improving the … Continue reading Stop the Violent Eviction of the Urban Poor; Respect the Housing Rights of the People
Robin Lee November 2017 With negotiations having concluded in early September, the ASEAN-Hong Kong- Free Trade Agreement (AHKFTA) was formally signed at the 31st ASEAN Summit held in the Philippines earlier this month. A related invested agreement, the ASEAN-Hong Kong Investment Agreement (AHKIA) was also signed at the same time as the AHKFTA. With negotiations between Hong Kong and ASEAN having lasted three years before they were concluded in July, the agreements cover trade in goods and services, investment, economic and technical co-operation and dispute settlement mechanisms. The aim is for both agreements to come into force by the 1st … Continue reading What is the ASEAN-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement and why should we be concerned?