Opinion

David Chan

Dust Covered Pearl

Over the past month chaos in Hong Kong has continued to evolve. From protests against the implementation of a new extradition law to protests in front of the Legislative Council and protesters surrounding police forces. Also due to the upcoming elections in November, areas like Tsim Sha Tsui and Sha Tin were blocked. While it is often claimed that the Hong Kong independence movement developed due to external forces, this is a matter that concerns only the city itself, and for that reason the central government has only observed as these developments unfold. But on July 21, one of the protests went too far when a small group of radical Protestors surrounded the central government office in Hong Kong, completely altering the situation so far only from "fighting" the implementation of a new extradition law, and becoming a movement for independence against the central government.

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American Priorities and Chinese Principles

David Chan

American Priorities and Chinese Principles

We know that since Trump was sworn in over the past two and a half years, the US has been pushing its ideas and priorities to the rest of the world. Although the Government is not currently verbalizing this will, nature remains the same. And what are these priorities then? It is about ensuring that US interests prevail, and those of other countries should be left in the background. As long as American interests are safeguarded, those of other countries can be neglected. However, Trump did not get the reaction he expected when he tried to implement such ideology. Despite the US president's willingness to stand out from the crowd and the unilateralist attitude, the consequences were opposite, with several countries beginning to turn their backs on the US. These countries are not only those that usually go against the American will, but also some of their allies. The main reason for this is because the country does not keep its word. The US government and the president are constantly changing claims and promises, and the rest of the world is already getting tired of it. It was in this context that the US started a trade war against China, ignoring the Chinese, American and the rest of the world's interests. However the country remains inconsistent, with the Trump Government breaking agreements with China during past negotiations. This is the second time that dialogues have resumed between the two countries, causing the US to lose credibility in China. Both times it was Trump who called Beijing to request renegotiations, but in a third time China will call the shots.

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Portugal is a country of immigrants, but it is not yet a cosmopolitan country

Portugal practically does not have public figures with foreign ancestry. We do not have cultural diversity on television. We do not have politicians born in the cradle of immigration. The descendants of immigrants are not represented in the parliament. Even the area of culture, usually the most progressive and disobedient, remains immune to multiculturalism, a traditionally left-wing theme.

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