Six powerful reasons for Beijing to rethink how Hong Kong should be governed, in the interests of long-term stability
Six months of unprecedented, often violent, social protests have coalesced, like water, into a torrent for more freedom and democracy. Riding on stunning district electoral results and US President Donald Trump’s signing of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, protests are now returning to the streets. They are rallying behind calls to press ahead on three fronts: international support, district groundwork and street protests. 

The groundswell happened against a backdrop of perceived…

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