Why China no longer needs Hong Kong

For many years after regaining control of Hong Kong from Britain in 1997, China mostly respected the territory's institutions.

That is no longer the case, as Beijing's heavy hand during the recent protests in the city has made obvious.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 06, 2019, with the headline 'Why China no longer needs Hong Kong'. Print Edition | Subscribe