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Hong Kong protests: what will Beijing do next?

China’s Communist Party cannot simply deploy brutal force as it has done in the past

By Guy de Jonquières  

Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong KPhoto: Vernon Yuen/NurPhoto/PA Images

After more than four months of protests in Hong Kong, which continued defiantly through this month’s celebrations on the mainland of the Chinese Communist Party’s 70th anniversary, authorities in Beijing remain tantalisingly silent about how, or even whether, they plan to restore order to the rebellious city.

China has staged ostentatious displays of military might just across the border and issued stern official threats of retribution. Yet these have neither intimidated protesters nor, so far at least, been followed by…

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