In the fall of 2014, the “umbrella movement” – so-called because of the umbrellas protesters carried for protection against rain and pepper spray – occupied major thoroughfares in Hong Kong. These protests punctuated a protracted debate over how to vest leaders with more legitimacy, while preserving social stability. In Hong Kong in the Shadow of China, Dr. Richard Bush examines why this movement failed to bring Hong Kong a more democratic system. He explores the deep public resentment over growing inequality and how to overcome an ongoing lack of trust among various political forces. Dr. Bush then posits what Hong Kong and China must do to ensure both economic competitiveness and good governance and the resulting implications such actions may hold for United States policy.
Richard Bush is a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution and Director of its Center on East Asia Policy Studies. He worked for nineteen years in the U.S. government on Asia policy issues, including Hong Kong. His most recent book is Uncharted Strait: The Future of China–Taiwan Relations.
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Richard C. Bush
Author of Hong Kong in the Shadow of China: Living with the Leviathan