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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

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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. Subscribe