Hongkongers protesting outside the Hong Kong Trade Development Council symposium in Los Angeles, US, on September 21. “One country, two systems” does not have to die come 2047. Photo: Tony Cheung
John Wilson
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Opinion

John Wilson

‘One country, two systems’ can continue past 2047 but the conversation has to start now

  • The Basic Law is not due to expire so a conversation is overdue on how Beijing contemplates Hong Kong’s legal and administrative systems after 2047
  • Nothing in the Basic Law says communism will apply after 50 years or that existing rights and freedoms will be cancelled

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Hongkongers protesting outside the Hong Kong Trade Development Council symposium in Los Angeles, US, on September 21. “One country, two systems” does not have to die come 2047. Photo: Tony Cheung
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A construction worker builds a wall outside a compound in Beijing in August 2017. Photo: AFP
Michael Tai
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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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