Making sense of Hong Kong's fault lines

Problem is not 'one country, two systems' per se, but the economic, political and social conditions the city is operating under

The Hong Kong protests, which have raged for more than five months, have given "one country, two systems" a bad name.

This was the formula agreed between China and Britain, under which Hong Kong was guaranteed a high degree of autonomy in all matters other than defence and foreign affairs for 50 years after China resumed sovereignty over Hong Kong in 1997.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 27, 2019, with the headline 'Making sense of Hong Kong's fault lines'. Print Edition | Subscribe