The “root” of Hong Kong: Chinese officials on Basic Law

Secondary school students across Hong Kong listened to Li Wei's live speech. As the chairman of the Basic Law Committee, Li clarified the relationship between the Chinese constitution and Hong Kong's legal foundation. While some students jotted down notes, others, perhaps not understanding Mandarin, dozed off after a mere five minutes of Li's speech. Li …

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China’s 19th Communist Party Congress: The most powerful leader since Mao

It's China's most important political event in recent years. The China Communist Party's 19th National Congress opened last Wednesday, October 18, and officially closed today, October 24. Held at the Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, this week-long conference proves the extent of President Xi Jinping's authority and power. So what …

‘Eco-cities’: Are they the answer to China’s environmental problems?

What started out as experimenting with new green urban designs has turned into something even bigger. China is currently developing 285 eco-cities. 285.   They're being built all across China, as a part of China's attempt to rapidly transition and stabilize its many fronts. 80% of all prefectural-level cities are said to have at least one …

Hong Kong vs Taiwan: Comparing lives in two different places

Having lived in both Hong Kong and Taiwan, here I'll recount some of the differences between the two places. Accompanied by comics from Taiwanese artist Jie Jie. 1. Air Quality. Hong Kong citizens have gotten used to the higher-than-average level of PM 2.5, and even when the AQI number rises, they continue on their day …

Typhoon Nesat and Haitang: Highlighting another storm that we cannot weather

My friends detail to me the way the typhoon has hit Taiwan - sudden, fast, and vicious. I remember experiencing super Typhoon Meranti barreling into Taiwan last year, bringing destruction and torrential rains with it. The winds shook our apartment building, the numerous glass windows creaking under the vicious hand of the wind. Towels were …

The Hong Kong-China Train: Bringing over not only passengers, but laws

It's the latest controversial plan in Hong Kong: one that would allow Chinese mainland law to apply in Hong Kong territory. Hong Kong has unveiled a plan to build a high-speed train that links West Kowloon to the Shenzhen border - an attempt to streamline operations at the upcoming Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, due …