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Power play in Malaysia

The political destruction of Anwar Ibrahim by his one-time mentor, Mahathir Mohamad, was absorbing theatre. But what does his fall mean for Malaysia's race-based populist democracy? And who will lead the country post-Mahathir?
Philip Bowring  

Tung Chee-hwa

On 1st July, Tung Chee-hwa, a little known businessman with a marine engineering degree from Liverpool University, becomes Hong Kong's first chief executive. Philip Bowring considers what made Beijing choose Tung to manage the transition to Chinese sovereignty
Philip Bowring  

The future is a foreign country

Hong Kong's future will be Chinese, but what will be the residual influence of British traditions? As 1997 approaches, it remains unclear how much political and economic autonomy Beijing will tolerate. Ending the impasse between Britain and China could have…
Philip Bowring