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    tbm3fan, The core issue is that the Basic Law...

    tbm3fan,

    The core issue is that the Basic Law offers rights and freedoms that the HK SAR Government cannot guarantee. Until (and unless) the CCP decides to back off and let the SAR Government...
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    tbm3fan, Now you've moved outside the...

    tbm3fan,



    Now you've moved outside the scope of this discussion.
    It doesn't matter what I think; that's not something for this thread.
    Stick to the subject, please.
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    He is, indeed. corrected.

    He is, indeed.
    corrected.
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    tbm3fan, When I was regularly doing...

    tbm3fan,



    When I was regularly doing economic and political forecasting, we would look ahead 1, 3, and 5 years in most cases, and only very rarely longer than that. The smart thing to do first...
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    Americans, where are you registered to vote?

    (feel free to add verifiable names to the list, but please: no subtraction)

    The President’s defenders

    Sen. Mitch McConnell (R, Ky), Senate Majority Leader, said impeachment stops “with a Senate...
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    On 2047, "Why does the Basic Law refer to no...

    On 2047,

    "Why does the Basic Law refer to no change for 50 years? Because 50 years is a long time. It is a place holder for “such a very long time that we will all be dead and it won’t matter...
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    Please cite your sources, rather than copy and...

    Please cite your sources, rather than copy and paste as if it is your own work (particularly on an IPR thread).
    And, please don't post advertising here.
    Thanks.
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    The reasons for and structure of the Basic Law is...

    The reasons for and structure of the Basic Law is all about history, and far too few people bother to read history.

    Why does the Basic Law refer to no change for 50 years? Because 50 years is a...
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    Who said HK is to become no different than any...

    Who said HK is to become no different than any other city in China by 2047? Certainly not the Basic Law!
    Read the text. What it does is say what HK cannot do prior to 2047: practice socialism, have...
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    I'm not following you on the whole "closer to '97...

    I'm not following you on the whole "closer to '97 so CCP goes slow."
    The main change was who was running China: Hu Jintao, with Jiang Zemin in the background.

    The implication that because it is...
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    I don't recall anyone predicting that the...

    I don't recall anyone predicting that the extradition bill would become such a focal point. As for withdrawing unpopular legislation, there is precedent for that (2003 National Security Bill, a/k/a...
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    So, perceptions -- preconceived notions -- were...

    So, perceptions -- preconceived notions -- were wrong.
    Not the first time, not by far.
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    DE, I assume you know the difference between Hong...

    DE, I assume you know the difference between Hong Kong and other parts of China, so I am at a loss as to what you are getting at.

    The economic toll is rising...

    In the second quarter of 2003,...
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    "Getting dirt on opponents" is not the subject....

    "Getting dirt on opponents" is not the subject.
    Repeatedly seeking to involve foreign governments in the domestic political process is the subject.
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    It is also the first causality in 52 years of...

    It is also the first causality in 52 years of protesting.
    Keeping it in perspective is vitally important, as Hong Kong cannot be compared (in this one regard) to just any other city.
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    Fair enough. What would you call this kind of...

    Fair enough.
    What would you call this kind of behavior?
    Certainly not politics as usual!
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    Are you saying the leader of one of your...

    Are you saying the leader of one of your political parties solicited interference from a foreign government, and then some of the senior most aides took extraordinary steps to cover it up?
    ...
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    and so it begins ...

    Protester shot in chest with live police round during Hong Kong National Day protests
    SCMP reporters, Oct 1, 2019

    Three teachers and at least six teenage classmates of the protester shot in the...
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    It is well past time for GOPers to man up and...

    It is well past time for GOPers to man up and decide: nation, or party?

    You can't support both, not after multiple White House officials refused to speak up when The Trumpet acted to undermine our...
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    In US politics, it is not normal for someone to...

    In US politics, it is not normal for someone to invite foreign governments to “take out” an opposing candidate. This is so far off track from normal, lawful politics that this impeachment has become...
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