Robin Lee The recent outpouring of anger over posters put up and removed from democracy walls at universities in Hong Kong once again highlights the growing erosion of political and academic freedom in the city. Only a few days into … Continue reading In a city where freedom is declining, a few posters can have a big impact—the Hong Kong poster dispute.
by Robin Lee Over the weekend (2nd-3rd September) more than 100 participants met in Hong Kong for a People’s Forum on One Belt, One Road (OBOR) and BRICS. As BRICS leaders begin to meet for their 9th BRICS summit in Xiamen this week and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council prepares to host its second Belt and Road summit in Hong Kong aiming to attract investors and others in the business community next weekend, civil society members from eight countries and local Hong Kong people came together to share their experiences, offering a counter narrative to the neoliberal agendas usually … Continue reading A People’s Forum on OBOR and BRICS meets in Hong Kong.
Patrick Bond The Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa summit in Xiamen from September 3-5 is already inscribed with high tension thanks to Sino-Indian border conflicts. But regardless of a new peace deal, centrifugal forces within the fast-whirling world economy threaten to divide the … Continue reading BRICS Xiamen summit doomed by centrifugal economics: Capitalist ‘deglobalisation’ could crack the bloc even if internecine geopolitical strife eases
What are the BRICS? BRICS is an acronym for five developing/newly industrialized countries: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. The term BRICs was coined in 2001 by the then chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset management, Jim O’Neill, in his … Continue reading An introduction to the BRICS
While OBOR is an outbound development strategy that is expected to significantly expand China’s political and economic reach overseas, it also potentially has significant domestic implications. On the one hand, as highlighted above, OBOR is in part intended to solve domestic problems such as overcapacity issues, while on the other hand it should result in profits flowing back to China from overseas investments made by Chinese companies. Continue reading What might One Belt, One Road mean for people in China?
Qian Benli The Chinese and Indian armies have already been in a stalemate over China and Bhutan’s disputed territory for more than a month. In addition to the strong words expressed by public opinion on both sides, the militaries … Continue reading The China-India confrontation and the BRICS countries