Anti-government protesters wave a US flag during a protest at Chater Garden in Central on October 14, urging the US Congress to pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. Photo: Felix Wong

With Hong Kong – as with Iraq, Libya and Syria – the US wears the mask of democracy to hide its malign intentions

  • US Congress’ Hong Kong bill is just the latest example of Washington meddling abroad in the name of democracy
  • As with Iraq and Libya, the result would be disaster. China will defend its interests if the US forces it to
Topic |   US-China relations

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Anti-government protesters wave a US flag during a protest at Chater Garden in Central on October 14, urging the US Congress to pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. Photo: Felix Wong
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A student protester throws a burning stick at riot police during a clash in Jakarta on September 30. Photo: AP
Derwin Pereira
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Derwin Pereira

Mass protests in Hong Kong and Indonesia point to similar problems facing Carrie Lam and Joko Widodo

  • In the face of protests, the leaders of Hong Kong and Indonesia have to maintain a precarious balance. Carrie Lam is caught between ‘one country’ and ‘two systems’, while Widodo needs to keep the secular right, religious right and liberal left onside

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A student protester throws a burning stick at riot police during a clash in Jakarta on September 30. Photo: AP
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