Protesters emerge from Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hung Hom after being encouraged to surrender to the police on November 19. Photo: K.Y. Cheng
Paul Yip
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Paul Yip

The American civil war offers Hong Kong lessons in how to compromise and end conflict

  • The ending of America’s divisive conflict shows how it took great political courage and wisdom for the victor to offer generous and compassionate terms of surrender, promising peace and no prosecution. There are useful lessons here for Hong Kong’s government

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Protesters emerge from Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hung Hom after being encouraged to surrender to the police on November 19. Photo: K.Y. Cheng
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A protester holds up a poster during a march on June 9 against the Hong Kong government’s decision to amend the city’s extradition law to allow the transfer of prisoners to mainland China. Since then, the protests have spiralled into violence. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
Tom Plate
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Tom Plate

To end the Hong Kong protests, the Chinese leadership must blink first and offer to negotiate

  • In a protracted dispute, the stronger party must initiate negotiations so that the other side does not feel it has been forced to surrender
  • By directing the Hong Kong government to offer to start unconditional negotiations, China’s leaders can show the world a more nuanced face amid the trade war

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A protester holds up a poster during a march on June 9 against the Hong Kong government’s decision to amend the city’s extradition law to allow the transfer of prisoners to mainland China. Since then, the protests have spiralled into violence. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
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