What Happened: Clashes between police in riot gear and anti-government protesters again rocked Hong Kong on Aug. 3, Reuters reported.
Why It Matters: Two months of pro-democracy demonstrations show no signs of abating, with both sides hardening their stance. They also pose the biggest popular challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012 and come as Xi grapples with an escalating trade war with the United States. An intervention by Beijing would have serious repercussions for Hong Kong's economy.
Background: Although Hong Kong's government has suspended the controversial extradition bill that sparked the protests in June, activists want the bill that would allow people to be extradited to stand trial in mainland China fully withdrawn. They also have broadened their demands to include calls for more democracy and for Hong Kong's leader to resign.
- Why the Fate of Hong Kong's Protests Will Come Down to Beijing (July 30, 2019)
- In Hong Kong, Demonstrators and Officials Are on a Collision Course (July 22, 2019)
- What to Watch for as the Hong Kong Protests Unfold (June 12, 2019)