Economic reforms hinted by Beijing unlikely to ease tensions in Hong Kong, say observers

HONG KONG - Economic reforms hinted at by Beijing are unlikely to soothe rising tensions in Hong Kong, a city that has been struggling with nine consecutive weeks of unrest, some political watchers said.

While there is a thinking that tackling domestic issues might somewhat help, they believe the crux of the entire saga – sparked by a now-suspended extradition Bill which would have allowed Hong Kong to hand over fugitives to various jurisdictions, including mainland China, for trial – is a political issue, not an economic one.

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