Is Hong Kong vital enough for the US to confront China?

People walking across a footbridge that leads to government offices in Hong Kong on March 2, 2020. Political watchers say the decision will hinge on several factors, including the role of Hong Kong in US interests and if China's promise of 'one country, two systems' has been breached. PHOTO: AFP
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HONG KONG - As the United States government is expected to issue its first annual certification on Hong Kong's autonomy soon, questions have been raised over whether Hong Kong is important enough for Washington to sour ties with China.

Political watchers The Straits Times spoke with are split but most say the decision will hinge on several factors, including the role of Hong Kong in US interests and if China's promise of 'one country, two systems', where the territory is guaranteed a high degree of autonomy, has been breached.

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