Metaphorically, "one country, two systems" is a symbiosis - like that of a clown fish and anemone. While the symbiotic union is usually mutually beneficial, it can turn antagonistic if the inherent contradictions are not well managed.

Super Typhoon Haiyan has left thousands dead, and hundreds of thousands in desperate need in the central Philippines. Hong Kong's brush with a typhoon came most recently in September: Usagi, with all its potential of becoming the city's strongest storm in 34 years, eventually made landfall in Guangdong.

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