Verna Yu is America’s Hong Kong correspondent.

Hong Kong residents hold a banner that reads: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.” The Occupy Central movement was initiated as an effort to force the Hong Kong and Chinese governments to allow true democracy in the city. (CNS photo/Francis Wong)
Politics & Society Dispatches
October 17, 2017
“I believe it’s essential for some people to go to jail for the sake of democracy. It will in the end strengthen the movement.”
A protester is taken away by police officers as a prison bus carrying Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong leaves the high court after his sentencing in Hong Kong on Aug. 17. A court overturned sentences that the prosecution said were too light and sent Wong and two other student leaders of huge pro-democracy protests in 2014 to prison. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Politics & Society Dispatches
August 29, 2017
The sentences made the young activists Hong Kong’s first political prisoners under Chinese rule and prompted a massive street protest on Aug. 20.
Protesters mourn jailed Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo during a demonstration outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong on July 13. Officials say China's most prominent political prisoner, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, has died. He was 61. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Politics & Society Dispatches
July 13, 2017
Mr. Liu’s death stoked anger among his supporters because of Beijing’s refusal to allow him to travel abroad to seek treatment. Many also accused the Chinese authorities of withholding information about his illness until it was too late to be treated.
Video clips show China's jailed Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo lying on a bed receiving medical treatment at a hospital, left, and Liu saying wardens take good care of him, on a computer screens in Beijing on June 29. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Politics & Society Dispatches
June 29, 2017
If Mr. Liu’s health situation had been carefully monitored, as suggested by the authorities, it only raises more questions about why his illness had developed into late-stage cancer by the time he was put on medical parole, his friends and rights groups say.
Women take selfies with Carrie Lam on March 27, the day after she was elected Hong Kong's Chief Executive. Lam was chosen as Hong Kong's new leader in the first such vote since 2014, when pro-democracy protests erupted over the semi-autonomous Chinese city's election system. (CNS photo/Tyrone Siu, Reuters)
Politics & Society Dispatches
June 02, 2017
The political mandate for Hong Kong's chief executive comes from China, and Ms. Lam has a record of pushing policies favored by Beijing.
Politics & Society Dispatches
April 28, 2017
Forty years after the end of the Cultural Revolution, schoolchildren in China are once again being mobilized for an anti-espionage drive reminiscent of the Mao era.
Politics & Society Dispatches
March 20, 2017
A draconian law adopted by the National People’s Congress is aimed at preventing Chinese citizens from challenging the Communist Party’s version of history.
Politics & Society Dispatches
January 26, 2017
"Every time I think of my husband and imagine what torture would have made him into, my heart aches."
China's President Xi Jinping speaks in the house of parliament during his two days state visit to Switzerland, in Bern, Switzerland, on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. (Peter Klaunzer/Pool Photo via AP)
Politics & Society Dispatches
January 23, 2017
"We must never fall into the trap of erroneous Western thinking and judicial independence."