Former US consul general to Hong Kong Kurt Tong says Beijing should ‘dial it back a little in terms of how it approaches’ the city’s affairs. Photo: Tory Ho

Former US envoy Kurt Tong says Beijing should ‘dial back’ its Hong Kong approach amid unrest

  • Recently retired diplomat calls on Chinese government to ‘re-establish a little more distance between the rest of China and Hong Kong’
  • Tong also suggests that China hawks’ growing influence in Washington has led to an exaggeration of concerns about Hong Kong among some in the US
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Former US consul general to Hong Kong Kurt Tong says Beijing should ‘dial it back a little in terms of how it approaches’ the city’s affairs. Photo: Tory Ho
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Owen Churchill

Owen Churchill

Owen joined the Post as US correspondent in 2018 after several years working as a reporter and editor in China. He covers US-China relations, trade, and wider issues concerning China's global presence. A co-founder of the Shanghai-based news outlet Sixth Tone, he is an alumnus of London's School of Oriental and African Studies and Fudan University in Shanghai.