Gas. Bread. A subway ticket: The soaring cost of everyday necessities sparked protests that spiraled into major movements in countries like France, Zimbabwe, Lebanon, Sudan and Chile. Throughout the world, citizens took to the streets in 2019 to rise up against inequality, corruption and bad governance.
The Chinese Communist Party, or CCP, isn’t just keen to see members of the Trump administration squirm. The impeachment drama presents a golden opportunity to portray the United States as a nation tearing itself apart — while China, so the narrative goes, is a bastion of harmony and stability. But what might the Chinese politburo say about Trump’s impeachment inquiry behind closed doors?
Hong Kong's leader pledged to listen to public opinion on Monday and referred to deep-seated problems in society after a landslide election victory by opponents of Chinese rule amid months of sometimes violent pro-democracy unrest.
Belonging to China, but gifted with a more liberal legal system, Hong Kong is in the throes of a self-proclaimed “revolution.” Its adherents say they are simply fighting for basic rights such as free speech and fair elections.
Han Dongfang led protesters in Tiananmen Square 30 years ago. Today, he's joining those swelling the streets of Hong Kong. But the energy and the very mentality of the protests are different, he says, because today's Hong Kongers have "tasted freedom" — and are fighting to keep it.
After Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted solidarity with pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, the NBA has been caught between its interests in China and its American fans. The NBA’s bind illustrates the important tension modern companies face between geographic expansion and political advocacy.