Protesters march through Wan Chai on December 8. Hong Kong is a perfect candidate for a special political zone, where freedoms could be tested with an eye to gradual social liberalisation across the rest of China. Photo: Winson Wong Protesters march through Wan Chai on December 8. Hong Kong is a perfect candidate for a special political zone, where freedoms could be tested with an eye to gradual social liberalisation across the rest of China. Photo: Winson Wong
Protesters march through Wan Chai on December 8. Hong Kong is a perfect candidate for a special political zone, where freedoms could be tested with an eye to gradual social liberalisation across the rest of China. Photo: Winson Wong
Brian Olsen
Opinion

Opinion

Brian Olsen

Vibrant, unique Hong Kong is still key to China’s development, and Beijing should be grateful for the city’s distinct status

  • As chief financial filter, Hong Kong was key to China’s economic miracle. Now, the city and its unique culture can give China’s soft power a much-needed boost, and be a test bed for the freedoms the mainland’s middle classes will sooner or later want

Protesters march through Wan Chai on December 8. Hong Kong is a perfect candidate for a special political zone, where freedoms could be tested with an eye to gradual social liberalisation across the rest of China. Photo: Winson Wong Protesters march through Wan Chai on December 8. Hong Kong is a perfect candidate for a special political zone, where freedoms could be tested with an eye to gradual social liberalisation across the rest of China. Photo: Winson Wong
Protesters march through Wan Chai on December 8. Hong Kong is a perfect candidate for a special political zone, where freedoms could be tested with an eye to gradual social liberalisation across the rest of China. Photo: Winson Wong
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