People spend time at the beach on June 11 as Puerto Ricans headed to the polls to vote in a referendum on the future of the US territory. Photo: Reuters
People spend time at the beach on June 11 as Puerto Ricans headed to the polls to vote in a referendum on the future of the US territory. Photo: Reuters

What Hong Kong can learn from Puerto Rico, an American ‘SAR’

Jesse Friedlander draws lessons on self-governance and the usefulness of democratic legitimacy from the US territory, amid a debate in Hong Kong as it marks the 20th year of its return to Chinese sovereignty

People spend time at the beach on June 11 as Puerto Ricans headed to the polls to vote in a referendum on the future of the US territory. Photo: Reuters
People spend time at the beach on June 11 as Puerto Ricans headed to the polls to vote in a referendum on the future of the US territory. Photo: Reuters
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