In the eyes of the leadership in Beijing, allowing a system that could even possibly allow for the election of a chief executive with close ties to the US or Britain was too scary.

How China's very real national security fears shaped its reform plan for Hong Kong

David Zweig looks at how China's worries about Western interference threatening its national security were the main motivation behind the decision to set strict limits on Hong Kong's political reform process

Topic |   Universal suffrage in Hong Kong

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In the eyes of the leadership in Beijing, allowing a system that could even possibly allow for the election of a chief executive with close ties to the US or Britain was too scary.
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