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Hong Kong protests: Confrontation is built into the Chinese model

The Chinese communist party has no idea how to deal with dissent while still embracing modernity

By Daniel Wolf  

The protestors gathering in Hong Kong have delivered a severe shock to the Chinese establishment. © Pasu Au Yeung

Talking to young people in Hong Kong this summer, I was surprised to discover how few speak decent Mandarin. Arriving after a 16 year gap, I expected that the young would by now all have learnt putong hua (“common speech,” or Mandarin). They live in a tiny corner of China. Across the border,…

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