Peter Kammerer
Peter Kammerer
Opinion

SCMP Columnist

Shades Off by Peter Kammerer

China’s soft power failures may cost Hong Kong its trade status

  • The reactions of Beijing and its supporters to Hong Kong’s protests have exacerbated its worsening image problem abroad
  • The US under Trump has played a role in this, but China can’t blame it all on the trade war

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Wang Xiangwei
Wang Xiangwei
Opinion

SCMP Columnist

China Briefing by Wang Xiangwei

Forget Lam’s extradition U-turn, Xi’s channelling of Mao shows he’s about to get tough on Hong Kong

  • Any optimism that the crisis has been defused is likely to be short-lived
  • Protesters may feel emboldened – and if they do, they have misread the mood in Beijing

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