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Trouble in Asia (1)

Hong Kong's is off the international radar screen?and Beijing knows it

It was a devolutionist’s dream: a state with an authoritarian government which allowed one of its regions to have its own system of law, finance and administration, a separate currency pegged to that of another country and a wide range of freedoms denied to its other citizens.

It is now just over two years since Hong Kong returned to China with all those advantages. Understandably, the eyes of the world have moved away. But just as Hong Kong has gone off the international radar screen, things are changing in a rather disturbing way.

The post-handover period was always going to…

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