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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Michael Tai

Michael Tai

Dr Michael Tai, from Cambridge University, is a visiting scholar at the National Taiwan University's Graduate Institute of National Development.