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The green transition needs a democratic transition first

The green transition needs a democratic transition first

From April 1968, the issue of the limits of economic growth has been brought to the international attention by the Club of Rome. The debate around the climate crisis and the future of the Earth and its ecosystems has grown significantly ever since. In 2015, the United Nations approved the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development listing 17 goals with one

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International appeal on the “flagrant breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration”

International appeal on the “flagrant breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration”

A cross-party international coalition of 682 parliamentarians and policymakers from 36 countries today issued a statement decrying Beijing’s “unilateral introduction of national security legislation in Hong Kong”, and calling for sympathetic governments to unite against this “flagrant breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration”. Led by the former Governor of Hong Kong, Lord Patten, and the former UK Foreign Secretary, Sir

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Xi’s Hong Kong Options – and Ours

Xi’s Hong Kong Options – and Ours

On 7 August Yang Jianli and Aaron Rhode published an article on “The American Interest” explaining why Hong Kong can show Xi Jinping that repressing freedom is a no-win proposition. On August 5, a day of unprecedented strikes and demonstrations, thousands of mostly young Hong Kongers gathered around the offices of the Legislative Council, near Admiralty station on Hong Kong

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Socialist Rule of Law with Chinese Characteristics

Socialist Rule of Law with Chinese Characteristics

When, on 18 October, the 19th Congress of the Communist Party opened in Beijing, the term “rule of law” – was pronounced 19 times by Chinese President Xi Jinping. The goal of “promoting a law-based government” also appeared among the 14 points the leader of the People’s Republic referred to in order to illustrate the meaning of “socialism with Chinese

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