One man, two options: sink or swear to leave Hong Kong alone

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One man, two options: sink or swear to leave Hong Kong alone

How Xi Jinping handles the situation in Hong Kong is critical for China’s future

Philip Johnston

Who could have imagined that, 22 years after Britain relinquished control over Hong Kong, protesters in the territory would reach for the Union Jack to symbolise their disdain for Chinese authoritarianism?

Yet there it was, being waved inside the smashed-up chamber of the Legislative Council amid startling scenes that have reverberated around the world.

If the authorities in Beijing have managed to encourage a wistful nostalgia for colonial rule, then they really have made a mess of things...

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