Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu, who went on to win the Kuomintang’s ticket to contest Taiwan’s presidential election next year, waves to the media in Hong Kong on March 22. If Hong Kong could accommodate dissenting pro-independence voices, it could serve as a demonstration to Taiwan of what reunification with the mainland could look like. Photo: AP

Beijing should liberate Hong Kong’s political minorities to win Taiwan over

  • While the localist camp in Hong Kong is a decided minority, and independence will never work in the city, Beijing should accommodate opposition voices in the city, if it wishes to reunify with Taiwan peacefully
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu, who went on to win the Kuomintang’s ticket to contest Taiwan’s presidential election next year, waves to the media in Hong Kong on March 22. If Hong Kong could accommodate dissenting pro-independence voices, it could serve as a demonstration to Taiwan of what reunification with the mainland could look like. Photo: AP
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As prime minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew managed to have good relations with the British, the Americans and Deng Xiaoping. Photo: AFP

How did Singapore quell protests? Carrie Lam could take a leaf out of Lee Kuan Yew’s playbook

  • Riots rocked Singapore in the British colonial era but became unheard of under Lee Kuan Yew’s rule
  • The late prime minister avoided the errors of predecessors who were either too soft or too hard on rioters
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As prime minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew managed to have good relations with the British, the Americans and Deng Xiaoping. Photo: AFP
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