A pro-Beijing demonstrator shouts slogans as she holds a Chinese flag during a rally in Hong Kong on December 7. Photo: Reuters A pro-Beijing demonstrator shouts slogans as she holds a Chinese flag during a rally in Hong Kong on December 7. Photo: Reuters
A pro-Beijing demonstrator shouts slogans as she holds a Chinese flag during a rally in Hong Kong on December 7. Photo: Reuters
Philip Bowring
Opinion

Opinion

Philip Bowring

From China and India to Britain and the US, how nationalists’ push for centralisation threatens to tear their countries apart

  • Hong Kong’s crisis is rooted in Beijing’s determination to assert central authority, to the chagrin of its peripheries. Ironically, the nationalism that stokes such urges threatens unity, in China and around the world

A pro-Beijing demonstrator shouts slogans as she holds a Chinese flag during a rally in Hong Kong on December 7. Photo: Reuters A pro-Beijing demonstrator shouts slogans as she holds a Chinese flag during a rally in Hong Kong on December 7. Photo: Reuters
A pro-Beijing demonstrator shouts slogans as she holds a Chinese flag during a rally in Hong Kong on December 7. Photo: Reuters
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Philip Bowring

Philip Bowring

Philip Bowring has been based in Asia for 39 years writing on regional financial and political issues. He has been a columnist for the South China Morning Post since the mid-1990s and for the International Herald Tribune from 1992 to 2011. He also contributes regularly to the Wall Street Journal, www.asiasentinel.com, a website of which he is a founder, and elsewhere. Prior to 1992 he was with the weekly Far Eastern Economic Review, latterly as editor.