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Mainland China's Imposition of Security Laws In Hong Kong Will Spark Protests

Evan Rees
Asia-Pacific Analyst, Stratfor
May 22, 2020 | 20:20 GMT
An anti-extradition bill protest in Hong Kong on June 12, 2019.

An anti-extradition bill protest in Hong Kong on June 12, 2019.

(Dave Coulson Photography/SHUTTERSTOCK)

The Chinese central government's decision to circumvent the Hong Kong legislature and impose long-delayed national security laws in Hong Kong will provide a major rallying point as protests rebound following COVID-19. In terms of U.S.-China relations, an uptick in demonstrations and the high-profile erosion of Hong Kong's autonomy will provide another trigger that could derail the phase one trade deal, although the White House will be careful not to subordinate its China policy to a single issue such as Hong Kong....

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