Chinese soldiers take part in a drill open to the public at the Stonecutters Island naval base in Hong Kong on June 30, to mark the 22nd anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong. Photo: AFP
Minxin Pei
Opinion

Opinion

Minxin Pei

China must pick the least bad option to resolve Hong Kong crisis. A PLA crackdown is not it

  • Hongkongers would almost certainly treat Chinese government forces as invaders, and resistance would be fierce and casualties unavoidable
  • An exodus of expats and elites would follow, and the Hong Kong economy – still a bridge between China the rest of the world – would almost immediately collapse

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Chinese soldiers take part in a drill open to the public at the Stonecutters Island naval base in Hong Kong on June 30, to mark the 22nd anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong. Photo: AFP
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