A construction worker builds a wall outside a compound in Beijing in August 2017. Photo: AFP
Michael Tai
Opinion

Opinion

Michael Tai

Hong Kong’s protests don’t faze Beijing – leaders will play the long game and rebuild the faded city after 2047

  • Hong Kong’s protests, driven by a false sense of superiority to the mainland, are unlikely to provoke an overreaction from Chinese leaders. Beijing has no reason to fear them spreading, as its people have confidence in the government and optimism in the future

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A construction worker builds a wall outside a compound in Beijing in August 2017. Photo: AFP
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Planes from the People's Liberation Army (PLA) air force fly during a rehearsal of the military parade on October 1 to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Photo: Reuters
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Editorial by SCMP

Why this National Day marks much more than the 70th anniversary of modern China

  • As the country stands on the threshold of fulfilling Xi Jinping’s vision of the nation’s rejuvenation at the forefront of international powers, it faces the challenges of the expectations of a new middle class, a prolonged trade war with the US and unrest in a troubled Hong Kong amid trepidation of what National Day may bring

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Planes from the People's Liberation Army (PLA) air force fly during a rehearsal of the military parade on October 1 to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Photo: Reuters
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