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

Opinion

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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Shirley Ze Yu

Shirley Ze Yu

Dr Shirley Ze Yu is Asia fellow at Ash Centre, Harvard Kennedy School, a senior visiting fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs at London School of Economics, and an associate at the Lau China Institute at King's College London. She has held senior executive roles in Chinese and global corporations over the past decade, and was formerly a China Central Television (CCTV) news anchor.