Hong Kong: An experiment under strain

The business community warns that Beijing's steps to silence critics threaten the rule of law

HONG KONG • When Chinese agents abducted a bookseller critical of Beijing and a politically connected tycoon from semi-autonomous Hong Kong, many foreign investors said privately that they were thorns in Beijing's side who would inevitably have trouble with the authorities.

As the Hong Kong government ratcheted up the pressure on the city's democracy movement, prosecuting activists, blocking opposition politicians from running in elections and banning a political party, investors said local politics did not impact business.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 04, 2018, with the headline 'Hong Kong: An experiment under strain'. Subscribe