Police stand guard on a road to deter pro-democracy protesters from blocking roads in Mong Kok on May 27, as the city’s legislature debates a law to ban the insulting of China’s national anthem. Photo: AFP Police stand guard on a road to deter pro-democracy protesters from blocking roads in Mong Kok on May 27, as the city’s legislature debates a law to ban the insulting of China’s national anthem. Photo: AFP
Police stand guard on a road to deter pro-democracy protesters from blocking roads in Mong Kok on May 27, as the city’s legislature debates a law to ban the insulting of China’s national anthem. Photo: AFP
Anthony Cheung
Opinion

Opinion

Anthony Cheung

National security law: how a ‘burning’ Hong Kong wore out Beijing’s patience

  • Tensions have long simmered on Hong Kong’s journey of integration with the mainland: the long-running protests triggered by the extradition bill were the last straw
  • Carrie Lam and her opponents share blame for jeopardising the future of the city and its young people

Police stand guard on a road to deter pro-democracy protesters from blocking roads in Mong Kok on May 27, as the city’s legislature debates a law to ban the insulting of China’s national anthem. Photo: AFP Police stand guard on a road to deter pro-democracy protesters from blocking roads in Mong Kok on May 27, as the city’s legislature debates a law to ban the insulting of China’s national anthem. Photo: AFP
Police stand guard on a road to deter pro-democracy protesters from blocking roads in Mong Kok on May 27, as the city’s legislature debates a law to ban the insulting of China’s national anthem. Photo: AFP
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Anthony Cheung

Anthony Cheung

Anthony Cheung Bing-leung is research chair professor of public administration at the Education University of Hong Kong and a former secretary for transport and housing (2012-17). He was president of the Hong Kong Institute of Education and chair professor of public administration until June 2012. Prior to 2008, he was a professor at the Department of Public and Social Administration of the City University of Hong Kong.