China blinks

Hong Kong’s embattled chief executive Carrie Lam is officially withdrawing an extradition bill with China after more than three months of sometimes violent protest.

Lam’s concession today will likely do little to quell social discontent.

She refused to discuss dismissing criminal charges against protesters arrested for “rioting,” a charge that can carry a maximum punishment of five years jail time. She also said she would expand an existing police commission to look into allegations of police brutality but would not set up a new, independent body, as protesters have asked.  …

Lam sidestepped demands for democratic reforms, saying that “discussions must be undertaken within the legal framework, and in an atmosphere that is conducive to mutual trust and understanding.”

https://www.npr.org/2019/09/04/757413730/hong-kong-government-withdraws-extradition-bill-a-key-demand-of-protesters

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2 thoughts on “China blinks”

  1. Nah, China’s not blinking, just biding its time. Ten or twenty years is just the blink of an eye. Hong Kong was finished as of 1997. This is the mopping-up phase. Mopping up can get messy.

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  2. drlorentz:
    Nah, China’s not blinking, just biding its time. Ten or twenty years is just the blink of an eye. Hong Kong was finished as of 1997. This is the mopping-up phase. Mopping up can get messy.

    I expect you are right.   These protests are about thirty years too late.

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