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Hong Kong and the Appeasement of China

Ian Morris
Board of Contributors
Sep 18, 2019 | 18:02 GMT
A sticker at a bus stop during a pro-democracy march in Hong Kong on Sept. 15, 2019.

A sticker at a bus stop during a pro-democracy march in Hong Kong on Sept. 15. Hong Kong's reunion with mainland China was generally popular after the 1997 handover from the United Kingdom, but attitudes have changed with China's increasing assertiveness.

(IVAN ABREU/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Concern over mainland China's intentions has been mounting in Hong Kong since well before the 2014 "Umbrella Revolution," as it has in capitals around the world. One of the few issues that regularly receives bipartisan support in Washington is the need to confront China over its trade policies, and there is a growing sentiment that after becoming a valued contributor to the international system in the 1990s-2000s, China is now turning into a threat to it. But is this correct? Should Hong Kongers really want the British back?...

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