Deng Xiaoping understood the importance of China’s solemn commitments to Hong Kong when he asked Hong Kong investors to “put their hearts at ease”. Unfortunately, the past two years have seen an erosion of such a commitment. Photo: AFP

China’s hard line on Hong Kong only undermines confidence in the city. So why do it?

Michael C. Davis says the repeated dismissals of the relevance of the Sino-British Joint Declaration are unsettling, particularly as there is no question the document is a treaty under international law, and binding on its signatories

Topic |   Hong Kong Basic Law

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Deng Xiaoping understood the importance of China’s solemn commitments to Hong Kong when he asked Hong Kong investors to “put their hearts at ease”. Unfortunately, the past two years have seen an erosion of such a commitment. Photo: AFP
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