What the Hong Kong protests say about Beijing's promises

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The focus of the current tumult in Hong Kong over its extradition Bill has been on the unhappiness of the Hong Kong people over its proposed amendments. Less often discussed but also of great importance, given China's aspirations to global leadership, is the question of Beijing's commitment to international law and legally binding treaties.

First, let's look at whether China is committed to the principles it strongly urges others to follow.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 18, 2019, with the headline What the Hong Kong protests say about Beijing's promises. Subscribe