Illustration: Craig Stephens
Nicholas Ross Smith
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Opinion

Nicholas Ross Smith

Hong Kong’s protests present Beijing with a no-win situation. Will it choose the path where it loses the least?

  • Being dependent on international goodwill to maintain trade, it’s in Beijing’s interests to handle Hong Kong with patience. But with leaders stoking nationalism, they may be tempted to deal with protesters decisively, to bolster legitimacy at home

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Illustration: Craig Stephens
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Police in Hong Kong clearing out demonstrators after injuring a protester with a live round on November 11. Pushing the city into chaos would allow Beijing to send in troops and take control, but would mark the beginning of the end. Photo: Kyodo
Minxin Pei
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Minxin Pei

Beijing’s plan to tighten its grip on Hong Kong could spell the end of China’s economic dream

  • Beijing vows to change Hong Kong’s political appointment process, pass security laws and push patriotism in education – ideas that Hongkongers have protested
  • Shutting down Hong Kong would sever China’s access to global financial services, bring on sanctions and spark countries to join the US’ effort to contain China

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Police in Hong Kong clearing out demonstrators after injuring a protester with a live round on November 11. Pushing the city into chaos would allow Beijing to send in troops and take control, but would mark the beginning of the end. Photo: Kyodo
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