Construction workers remove the scaffolding on a building in Sham Shui Po as the Hong Kong and Chinese flags flutter in the foreground, in June 2019. Photo: Felix Wong Construction workers remove the scaffolding on a building in Sham Shui Po as the Hong Kong and Chinese flags flutter in the foreground, in June 2019. Photo: Felix Wong
Construction workers remove the scaffolding on a building in Sham Shui Po as the Hong Kong and Chinese flags flutter in the foreground, in June 2019. Photo: Felix Wong
Michael C. Davis
Opinion

Opinion

Michael C. Davis

Controversy over role of Beijing’s offices in Hong Kong shows weight of ‘one country’ threatens the scaffolding of ‘two systems’

  • If the Basic Law’s restraint on mainland departments interfering in local affairs does not apply to offices of the central government in Hong Kong, what is the point of the mini-constitution?
  • Meanwhile, Hongkongers have been denied the capacity to form a government that would be capable of defending the city’s autonomy

Construction workers remove the scaffolding on a building in Sham Shui Po as the Hong Kong and Chinese flags flutter in the foreground, in June 2019. Photo: Felix Wong Construction workers remove the scaffolding on a building in Sham Shui Po as the Hong Kong and Chinese flags flutter in the foreground, in June 2019. Photo: Felix Wong
Construction workers remove the scaffolding on a building in Sham Shui Po as the Hong Kong and Chinese flags flutter in the foreground, in June 2019. Photo: Felix Wong
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