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About Sean King

Sean King of Park StrategiesSean King is the Vice President of Park Strategies, LLC, a government and business advisory firm in New York founded by businessman, politician, and former Senator Alfonse D’Amato. As the former Senior Advisor for Asia in the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service and a business consultant for Price Waterhouse Coopers in Singapore, Mr. King has years of experience with business affairs in Asia. As such, Park Strategies, LLC has charged him to develop business relationships and manage transactions with Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, and China. Sean King specializes in commerce, and although he covers the entire Asia-Pacific region for Park Strategies, his focus gravitates toward Taiwan.

As Vice President of Park Strategies, LLC, Sean King makes frequent appearances as a keynote speaker in international conferences and global business events. In 2007, he appeared at the Florida Business Summit at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. He was also invited to speak at the Annual Chicago Asia-Pacific Business Conference in 2006 and again in 2007. He has written several editorials on trade relations with Taiwan that have appeared in the Seoul Times, the Singapore Straits times, Taiwan Security Research, and the South China Morning Post.

Sean King has an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and an undergraduate degree from the American University in Washington, D.C. In addition to his interest in international business and politics, he enjoys the sport of hockey.

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Sean King, Senior Vice President, Park Strategies tells Bloomberg’s Bryan Curtis the Chinese leadership will deny democracy in Hong Kong “by hook or by crook.”


Originally posted here.

Originally designed for Taiwan, Beijing applied the “One Country, Two Systems” principle to Hong Kong on July 1, 1997 when sovereignty of the territory was passed from Britain to China.

But “One Country, Two Systems,” which guarantees a degree of autonomy under Chinese supervision, isn’t applicable to Taiwan. The island has evolved into a self-ruled, hyper-democracy that enjoys de facto operational independence.

It also doesn’t share Hong Kong’s inherent Chinese lineage. Therein lies the real issue.

Taiwan under mainland control

Hong Kong was incorporated into China during the Qin Dynasty (221-206 B.C.). Meanwhile, Chinese migrants didn’t arrive in Taiwan until the 15th century—but still did not take it over. Europeans eventually found their way to Taiwan’s shores, resulting in Spanish and Dutch settlements.

Come 1661, China’s Japanese-born Ming Dynasty General Cheng Chen-kung (also known as Koxinga) retreated to Taiwan while fleeing Manchu invaders, leading to more Chinese migration. Koxinga eventually kicked out the Dutch and took Taiwan for himself. He died one year later in 1662, succeeded by his son and grandson.

Nearly 20 years later, China’s Qing Dynasty finally succeeded in overthrowing the Chengs. It annexed Taiwan in 1683, making it a prefecture of Fujian Province. This is the first time that Taiwan was ever under mainland control—almost 1,900 years after Hong Kong became Chinese.

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