China’s Pomp Out of Step With Hong Kong’s Fury

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In Beijing, President Xi Jinping declared China’s rise unstoppable in kicking off a parade that saw thousands of smiling cadres in bright costumes march alongside mammoth pictures of Communist Party leaders.

In Hong Kong, black-clad protesters occupied roads, set fires and clashed with riot police around the financial hub in the 17th week of protests opposing Beijing’s increased grip over the city.

The stark contrast on a day marking the 70th anniversary of Communist rule in China showed the challenges Xi faces in convincing people in Hong Kong and Taiwan of the benefits of Beijing having greater control over their political systems and paths to prosperity. At the same time, it underscored how the party has been successful at preventing unrest from spreading to the mainland.

In the run-up to the anniversary, fears spread that China may use troops to restore order in Hong Kong. Yet Xi has signaled he’ll be patient, endorsing the “one country, two systems” principle under which Hong Kong has been governed since its return from British rule in 1997.

Beijing’s strategy now appears to be waiting out the protesters. If the past four months is any indication, that could take a while.

China’s Pomp Out of Step With Hong Kong’s Fury

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