Second episode of the AmDipStories podcast, this on Hong Kong: https://amdipstories.org/hong-kong-the-chinese-are-coming/ Told some history before the handover, the night of, and now the pressures from China. Xi Jinping is moving China backwards towards more party control, more repression and more support for state enterprises, and trying to take Hong Kong with it. Not a good situation, but we need to focus our pressures on Beijing authorities and help Hong Kongers avoid getting caught in the middle.
Told some stories and drew some lessons from my time as State Department Spokesman (and Deputy) 1989-1993 and 200-2005. Lots to say: the job is to advance policy. If it helps policy to shut up, you shut up. If it helps to talk, you talk. But it’s also an essential link for policy makers: if policy won’t fly at the podium, maybe it’s not very good policy.
and the tag line: “Ever had that dream where you sit for an exam and you haven’t been to class once? And you’re not wearing any pants? Welcome to the world of the State Department Spokesperson, as told by Richard Boucher. “