Illustration: Craig Stephens
Nicholas Ross Smith
Opinion

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
Illustration: Craig Stephens
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