Chinese President Xi Jinping applauds during the celebration of the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on December 18, 2018. Addressing the delegates, Xi stressed the continued need to follow party guidance. Photo: Xinhua

Can China under Xi Jinping loosen its grip on Hong Kong? After the extradition protests, it’s less likely than ever

  • As president, Xi has steadfastly emphasised tighter party control, and this has driven the “two systems” further apart
  • The more intransigent the protests become, the more Xi might be forced to exert his personal political power
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Chinese President Xi Jinping applauds during the celebration of the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on December 18, 2018. Addressing the delegates, Xi stressed the continued need to follow party guidance. Photo: Xinhua
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