Demonstrators spray paint a security camera at a Mong Kok branch of the Bank of China. Photo: Bloomberg
Shirley Ze Yu
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Shirley Ze Yu

China would rather see Hong Kong lose its role as a financial gateway than ever cede political control

  • Under China’s control, Hong Kong’s DNA is changing and there’s no going back. Beijing may be looking to replace the city with London as a offshore financial hub
  • In China’s long history, the Hong Kong unrest will be but a minor blip in the country’s progress; the question is whether Beijing needs to wield soft or hard power

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Demonstrators spray paint a security camera at a Mong Kok branch of the Bank of China. Photo: Bloomberg
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Illustration: Craig Stephens
Audrey Jiajia Li
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Audrey Jiajia Li

Hong Kong’s hatred of mainlanders feeds the xenophobic undercurrents of its protests

  • Resentment of Beijing has spilled over towards mainlanders, Mandarin speakers and mainland-linked businesses. Shops are trashed, people are attacked and xenophobic slurs are becoming common. Hong Kong is succumbing to a wave of hate crime

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Illustration: Craig Stephens
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