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Commentary > China Post > Frank Ching
Of late, discussion of Hong Kong's possible independence from China has been in the air, a cause no serious politician has espoused since the former British colony returned to Chinese sovereignty in 1997. What happened?1
 
More than a month after the arbitral tribunal set up under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea decided in favor of the Philippines in its arbitration case against China on disputes in the South China Sea, both countries are looking for a way to end their impasse.
 
In America, Hillary Clinton is calling on voters to break the highest and hardest glass ceiling of all by electing a woman president of the United States. In Britain, Theresa May was catapulted into the role of prime minister to manage the thankless task of extricating the country from the European Union.
 
Last week, two Hong Kong journalists were sentenced to prison in China. The similarity of their case to that of the five disappearing/reappearing booksellers grabbed public attention since these two men, too, were accused of selling Hong Kong publications in China.
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Two weeks after the arbitral tribunal of the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea issued its award to the Philippines, China continues to seek to undermine the legitimacy of the tribunal, making charges bordering on the slanderous against the judges concerned.
 
An international court in The Hague has ruled that China's trump card in its claims in the South China Sea -- its long historical relationship -- as depicted in a nine-dash line shown on official maps enclosing up to 90 percent of the waters has no legal validity in an arbitration case brought by the Philippines.
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Even before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague announced in late June that the arbitral tribunal in the case of the Philippines against China will issue its award, or decision, on July 13.
 
Disclosures by released bookseller Lam Wing-kee of his treatment in mainland China and the resultant outcry have spurred Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to ask for a review into the notification mechanism between the police forces of Hong Kong and the mainland.
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The British referendum on quitting the European Union, which is causing tremors across Europe, is being used by China to strengthen its arguments against democracy.
 
Lam Wing-kee. Lam Wing-kee. Lam Wing-kee. Remember that name. That is a name that should go down in history -- Hong Kong's history and China's history as well.
 
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