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Josef Gregory Mahoney
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Josef Gregory Mahoney

Tiananmen’s lesson: if Hong Kong’s protesters want a fight, Beijing will certainly give it to them

  • The leaders of China’s Communist Party have learned from both Tiananmen and the fall of the Soviet Union not to give in
  • The mainland Chinese public also appears to have little sympathy for Hongkongers, which will free Beijing’s hand to act decisively

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Illustration: Craig Stephens
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Members of the People’s Liberation Army honour guards march for the flag-raising ceremony during an open day, at the Hong Kong garrison’s naval base on Stonecutters Island on June 30. Photo: Reuters
Alice Wu
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Alice Wu

Be careful, Hong Kong protesters – as demonstrations escalate, so do Beijing’s military exercises and ‘colour revolution’ talk

  • Demonstrators should communicate that this is an internal matter for Hong Kong, consistent with national rejuvenation
  • Otherwise, Beijing may make good on the implications of its PLA exercises and ‘colour revolution’ talk

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Members of the People’s Liberation Army honour guards march for the flag-raising ceremony during an open day, at the Hong Kong garrison’s naval base on Stonecutters Island on June 30. Photo: Reuters
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