A man drapes himself in a “Hong Kong Independence” flag during a protest against the Standing Committee’s interpretation of the Basic Law on lawmakers’ oath-taking. The alienation among the city’s young people towards the mainland and the growing appeal of separatism for them will not vanish with the ouster of the two localists from the legislature. Photo: EPA
Gary Cheung
Opinion

Opinion

Gary Cheung

With its latest intervention in Hong Kong, Beijing wins the battle but is losing the war

Gary Cheung says the NPC should be sparing in the use of its power to interpret the Basic Law, or it risks further alienating the city’s young people

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A man drapes himself in a “Hong Kong Independence” flag during a protest against the Standing Committee’s interpretation of the Basic Law on lawmakers’ oath-taking. The alienation among the city’s young people towards the mainland and the growing appeal of separatism for them will not vanish with the ouster of the two localists from the legislature. Photo: EPA
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