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The rule of law will not survive in Hong Kong when it returns to Chinese sovereignty next year. Steve Vines blames the colony's reactionary Chinese elite

By Steve Vines   July 1996

When things go wrong-as they certainly will, sometime after Hong Kong returns to Chinese sovereignty next year-there will be an attempt to assign blame. The suspects most likely to be held responsible for the coming debacle-the dismantling of representative government, the demise of the legal system and the spread of corruption-are the British and the Chinese governments. The first for sins of omission; the latter for sins of commission.

There is no shortage of evidence against these culprits. But there is another suspect unlikely to be questioned at all. That suspect is the people of Hong Kong, more specifically the…

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