A Chinese flag is displayed on the back of a riot police officer’s helmet in Hong Kong on October 21. Beijing is unlikely to concede greater democratic freedoms in Hong Kong without at least the safeguard of a law against sedition and subversion. Photo: AFP
Andrew Leung
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Andrew Leung

Hong Kong should enact national security laws, then seek a more liberal way to elect the chief executive

  • Beijing will never bend to mob coercion but is reluctant to send in the PLA and wants to preserve ‘one country, two systems’. A sensible plan would be to combine enactment of Article 23 with seeking a more progressive package for universal suffrage

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A Chinese flag is displayed on the back of a riot police officer’s helmet in Hong Kong on October 21. Beijing is unlikely to concede greater democratic freedoms in Hong Kong without at least the safeguard of a law against sedition and subversion. Photo: AFP
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Illustration: Craig Stephens
Michael C. Davis
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Michael C. Davis

Democratic reform is the best way to protect Hong Kong’s autonomy and halt the cycle of protests and repression

  • Lack of autonomy is at the heart of protests past and present. A democratically elected government would be better placed to safeguard this, convey the city’s concerns in terms that are palatable to Beijing, and end the protests

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Illustration: Craig Stephens
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