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The Brookings Cafeteria

Dec 11, 2015

Richard Bush, director of the Center for East Asia Policy Studies and holder of the Chen-Fu and Cecilia Yen Koo Chair in Taiwan Studies and also the Michael H. Armacost Chair, talks about Hong Kong’s relationship to China, the umbrella movement of 2014, and the future of democracy in Hong Kong.

“First of all,” Bush says, “there is the continuing challenge of how you make the Hong Kong economy competitive in a global economy that is … constantly changing technologically.” “On the political side, I personally believe that Hong Kong would benefit from having competitive elections for senior leaders. … But elections in and of themselves won’t solve all the governance problems that Hong Kong has.”

Also in this podcast: Listen to with the first installment of “Steve Hess Stories,” in which Senior Fellow Emeritus Stephen Hess explains how he came to write a best-selling book, America's Political Dynasties, while serving in the Army. And part four of our Paris climate conference series with Fellow Philip Wallach.


Show Notes:

The return of the Taiwan issue to U.S.-China relations

Why Hong Kong’s next election really matters

Hong Kong: The next round on universal suffrage

What’s at stake at the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue?

Hong Kong government announces electoral reform details

What does China having the largest GDP mean?


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