Hong Kong’s protests look like they’re coming back
Hong Kong’s protest leaders have vowed to return to the city’s streets after the arrest of 15 leading opposition figures amid new claims that Beijing was interfering in the city’s internal affairs. The 15 were accused of organizing and taking part in unauthorized marches in August and October last year as part of a wave of anti-government demonstrations that swept the city, initially triggered by a now-withdrawn extradition bill. Their supporters said the arrests were meant to silence dissent and are worried the authorities are hardening their stance, but pro-Beijing figures countered that the police were only doing their job and were not acting politically. Those arrested were former lawmak
Beijing is railroading through a hidden agenda
In the early years following the 1997 handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China, Beijing chose to respect the city’s semi-autonomous legal system and its mini-constitution, the Basic Law. But in recent years China’s central government has increasingly emphasized its “comprehensive governing power” over Hong Kong.   So my biggest worry about co-location is that Beijing’s hidden agenda is to use the arrangement to establish absolute control over Hong Kong. Hong Kong is part of China but has its own legal system. But under co-location, mainland Chinese officials will enforce mainland Chinese laws within a designated area of Hong Kong’s West Kowloon terminus, known as “the Mainland Port Area.”