An elderly man walks past the Hong Kong flag. The more Beijing tries to belittle Hong Kong’s identity, the more it provokes antagonism. Photo: AFP

Surely it’s not unreasonable to expect Beijing to respect Hong Kong’s history and identity

Philip Bowring says if China could see Hong Kong as a global hub with its own rich identity – as Singapore has become – it would have less to worry about from so-called ‘nativists’ who only seek an economic and social focus that goes beyond the mainland

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An elderly man walks past the Hong Kong flag. The more Beijing tries to belittle Hong Kong’s identity, the more it provokes antagonism. Photo: AFP
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