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Four Bloggers on The State of Things; Interview - Ching Cheong. (16 Mar 2012)


There’s no shortage of commentators and analysts and opinions on Hong Kong and mainland China. Increasingly some of the more thoughtful comment is turning up on internet blogs. So this week The Pulse asked four local bloggers the same set of question on the current state of affairs, in Hong Kong and on the mainland. Blogger Martin Oei came to many internet users’ attention through web discussion of political issues on forums. He blogs and writes columns for local papers. Chan King-fai organizes political activities and protests for the post-80s. He also comments on political issues through notes on Facebook and in public web forumsThe Cantonese name of Michael Mo’s blog carries a sarcastic double meaning about the propensity of Hong Kongers to be passive, and accept social unfairness. Also a post-80s activist, he too has found that comments on Facebook attract more attention than they would on a stand-alone site. Shiu Lik-King comments on public policies in the Economic Journal, and shares those comments via his blog: “Just Say It”. He’s worked for the government, and is particularly concerned about the administrative pitfalls facing the administration after the recent Donald Tsang corruption allegations. The Pulse asked all four bloggers the same questions.On 22 April 2005 Straits Times reporter, and former Wen Wei Po reporter, Ching Cheong was arrested in Shenzhen and charged with spying on behalf of a foreign intelligence agency. He had been researching former Communist Party leader, Zhao Ziyang. He spent more than 1,000 days in prison, and this, his new book, is about that. He talks to us about his sentence, and about how he sees events in China and Hong Kong now, including the future potential for Hong Kong's Communists to come out of hiding. .

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Publish Date: 
Friday, March 16, 2012
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