The Hong Kong challenge: One country, two systems, different viewpoints

The people of this divided city do agree on the formula on how it is to be run. The hard part is finding common ground on what these shared goals mean and entail.

The couple have been together for eight years. They were planning to wed next February. But she's a pro-democracy demonstrator, he a riot cop. After six months of street protests, those plans have unravelled.

The heartbreaking story of a wedding interrupted is one of many illustrating how political differences are dividing Hong Kong society, leaving friends estranged, family ties sundered.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 13, 2019, with the headline 'The Hong Kong challenge: One country, two systems, different viewpoints'. Subscribe