|“‘One country, two systems’ was a ploy from the outset, a tactic for China to buy time, the better to absorb Hong Kong sooner or later. Preferably sooner, it seems,” Lewis Lau Yiu-man writes in the New York Times.
“Beijing has opted for the most risky route,” Johns Hopkins University’s Ho-Fung Hung tells the Washington Post. “It will show the world that ‘one country, two systems’ is, if not already over, almost over.”
This CFR Backgrounder looks at democracy in Hong Kong.