Governing Hong Kong in Xi’s new era (East Asia Forum)

Hong Kong’s position in China’s governance framework is becoming clearer. Mainland authorities have achieved a degree of jurisdiction over Hong Kong through a repertoire of different initiatives that may ultimately affect the city’s reputation as a global business hub. If Hong Kong becomes more like a mainland city, will foreign countries still find it an attractive place to do business?

Governing Hong Kong in Xi’s new era

Author: Peter TY Cheung, University of Hong Kong

No plebiscite surprises in the southern Philippines (East Asia Forum)

Overwhelmingly Christian, the Philippines has long contended with armed resistance by organised movements of Philippine Muslims. Under the first-ever president elected from the Muslim-majority island of Mindanao, Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippine government has managed to pass a law supported by both Muslim separatist movements, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), leading to hopes for peace and greater development in the southern Philippines.

No plebiscite surprises in the southern Philippines

Author: Steven Rood, ANU

Ardern’s Labour-led government delivers on policy promises in New Zealand (East Asia Forum)

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has continued with her ‘relentlessly positive’ approach in both rhetoric and policy, demonstrating poise and grace while dealing effectively with an opposition National Party. Opposition leader Simon Bridges is a distant second (in single digits) in ‘preferred prime minister’ polls, with his continued leadership in jeopardy.

Ardern’s Labour-led government delivers on policy promises in New Zealand

Author: Stephen Levine, Victoria University