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By Richard Cullen - 28 May 2019
In late 2017, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress issued an Advisory Interpretation for the very first time. It arose from the intense debate about establishing joint Hong Kong and Mainland immigration facilities at the new Hong Kong High Speed Rail station.
Largely unhindered filibustering results in notably more harm than good being visited on any serious legislative process. Full freedoms to filibuster will lead to regular abuses of process at the expense of making timely progress on significant, legislative proposals.
The history of the creation and use of the Chinese National Anthem is remarkable. Those who choose to direct scorn at the National Anthem when it is played at certain events in Hong Kong likely have a limited understanding, at best, of its intriguing history.
Reporting by the UK media on Hong Kong’s political developments has been shaped by a “good guys–bad guys” meta-narrative. This phenomenon stems from frustration with the pace of political reform; the exceptional rise of China; deep-seated reform impulses arising from within Western liberalism; and the special history of British Hong Kong.