News analysis

Lam's retreat on extradition Bill leaves Tsai with less of a weapon for Taiwan elections

If having to backpedal on the highly controversial extradition Bill is a bitter pill to swallow, embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam can take comfort in the fact that her decision will be in the interest of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), particularly as Taiwan heads to the polls in January to elect a new president.

The reason is steeped in history.

Please or to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM.

Enjoy unlimited access to ST's best work

  • Exclusive stories and features on multiple devices
  • In-depth analyses and opinion pieces
  • ePaper and award-winning multimedia content
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 17, 2019, with the headline 'Lam's retreat on Bill leaves Tsai with less of a weapon for Taiwan elections'. Print Edition | Subscribe