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Lessons from Hong Kong? Look beyond street violence

Small states and cities must make the right strategic decisions and be far-sighted with their plans

The situation in Hong Kong appears to be getting out of hand, especially when looking at it from afar.

Every day, new videos circulate on social media - black-shirted youths carrying umbrellas on the move to another showdown, a group in white wielding metal rods attacking commuters at a train station, policemen with pepper sprays and firing rubber bullets and tear gas.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 11, 2019, with the headline 'Lessons from Hong Kong? Look beyond street violence'. Print Edition | Subscribe