A pro-democracy protester steps on defaced portraits of local politicians at the government headquarters on January 1. Photo: Reuters

Hong Kong’s world won’t stop in 2047, so we’d better start building bridges

Mike Rowse says both sides of the political divide are mistaken in anticipating the end of the Basic Law, and Hong Kong would certainly benefit from more maturity in public discourse

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A pro-democracy protester steps on defaced portraits of local politicians at the government headquarters on January 1. Photo: Reuters
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Mike Rowse

Mike Rowse

Mike Rowse has lived in Hong Kong since 1972, and is a naturalised Chinese citizen. He spent six years in the ICAC from 1974 to 1980, then 28 years in the government as an administrative officer until retirement in December 2008. He is now the search director for Stanton Chase International, and also hosts a radio talk show and writes regularly for both English and Chinese media.