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A China expert explains what Hong Kong's protests mean for China

Protesters rest in Hong Kong
Protesters rest in Hong Kong
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Patrick Chovanec, a long-time resident and thoughtful observer of China (now in New York at an asset management company), tweeted out this series of thoughtful observations about the growing crisis in Hong Kong. He makes some excellent and insightful points about the demonstrations in Hong Kong, which began on September 24 as protest against China reneging on its promise to grant the city fully democracy in 2017.

Pay particular to what Chovanec says about what the protests do and do not mean for the rest of China, which is crucial for how this all ends, given that Beijing has final say. And also pay attention to his points about issues of identity in Hong Kong, a central and often overlooked party of the Hong Kong story.

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