MANILA, Philippines – There is still no sign that China is stopping its massive crackdown on democracy in Hong Kong.
Authorities are wielding its China-imposed national security law to clamp down on activists and basic freedoms and rights. Recently, public monuments remembering the 1989 Tiananmen protests were dismantled.
On Thursday, March 10, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to journalist and author Mark Clifford about what countries can learn from China’s moves in Hong Kong and how the incidents are serving as a blueprint for tactics against democratic societies.
Clifford is the president of the Committee for Freedom in Hong Kong and editorial chair of the Asian Review of Books. He is the former editor-in-chief of The Standard and the South China Morning Post, two English-language newspapers in Hong Kong.
Clifford is also the author of Today Hong Kong, Tomorrow The World: What China’s Crackdown Reveals About its Plans to End Freedom.
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- Analyst Georgi Engelbrecht on managing tensions in the South China Sea
- Charmaine Willoughby on unpacking Filipinos’ views of ASEAN
- Drew Thompson on rising tension between China and Taiwan
- Ex-Coast Guard chief George Ursabia Jr. on protecting the West PH Sea
- Analyst Ashley Townshend on AUKUS alliance’s impact in the region
- Analyst Gregory Poling on US policy in the region
- Legal scholar Erik Jensen on what’s next for Afghanistan
- Ex-navy chief Giovanni Bacordo on dealing with Chinese incursions in West PH Sea
- UN’s Olivier Lermet on the illegal drug trade amid pandemic
- Ex-DOH chief Manuel Dayrit on lessons from global responses to COVID-19
- Lawyer Peter Robinson on hurdles faced by ICC
- Political scientist Mark Thompson on the Philippines under Duterte
- Marine scientist Deo Onda on protecting West PH Sea resources
- Walden Bello on Rodrigo Duterte and fascism
- Analyst Joshua Kurlantzick on what ASEAN can do vs Myanmar coup
- Analyst Ben Bland on China’s pandemic diplomacy
- Antonio Carpio on West PH Sea and leading a political movement
- Lawyer Ruben Carranza on what new ICC prosecutor means for the Philippines
- Journalist Gwen Robinson on the future of Myanmar
- Ambassador Gerard Ho Wei Hong on Singapore’s leadership during COVID-19 pandemic