A boy stamps a Chinese character during an exhibition in Taipei. Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong are the few places where traditional characters are widely used when writing Chinese. Photo: AFP
Paul Stapleton
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Paul Stapleton

Traditional or simplified? Debate on Chinese characters should be decided by pragmatics, not politics

Paul Stapleton says it is understandable that Hongkongers want to preserve traditional Chinese characters but the writing on the wall is in favour of the simplified script

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A boy stamps a Chinese character during an exhibition in Taipei. Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong are the few places where traditional characters are widely used when writing Chinese. Photo: AFP
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