Meng Han (The original article was published in “China Change“.) The rhythm of prison life has slowed me down. This has given me the opportunity to recover and ponder issues. I do indeed have issues to think about…. Such an important period of time in my life is about to end. Even my family members don’t know what happened. This is something unprecedented. Today, I alone bear the pain brought by this incident [the Lide shoe factory strike]. I endure it almost all by myself. I was a participant and a witness of this incident. To tell the truth, … Continue reading Meng Han: Notes From Prison (Part One of Two)
Robin Lee In April 2017, the first part of the Baha Mar, a 1,000 acre luxury mega-resort in the Bahamas that will eventually consist of several hotels, a 100,000 square foot casino, a golf course, spas, shops and restaurants, … Continue reading An unhappy affair: The changing fortunes of a China and Hong Kong funded Bahamian mega-resort project.
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