Taipei Times: HK academic tells of system’s dark side

In 1997, Hong Kongers believed that the territory was precious to Beijing because of its contributions to the economy, and assumed that it would be safe from any potentially disruptive interference, he said.

However, six months of unrest has proved that Hong Kong no longer has the advantage, and that Beijing will always act according to its political considerations, he said.

This is a warning to Hong Kong, whose residents must devise other ways to push back against the system, he said.

There has not been any substantial opposition to the theories he has presented, which could mean that Beijing is weak at academic discourse — a weakness that could be exploited by academics against the Chinese government, he said.

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