‘One country, two systems’ can continue past 2047 but the conversation has to start now

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The status of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is set out in two slogans: “one country, two systems” and “50 years no change”. There seems to be an assumption that the two are linked, that nothing must change in the Hong Kong system for 50 years, but that after 2047, the capitalist system will be replaced by the socialist (communist) system.This is assumed to mean the Basic Law will expire, Hong Kong will become just another city within China, with mainland Chinese laws applying and…

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