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China Fears A Soviet-Style Collapse in Hong Kong.

Can the protestors avoid the "Make Pie" fate of Tienamen's Tank Man? Screen Shot 2019 04 24 at 22.54.13

Two weeks have passed since the initial massive street protests in Hong Kong. It was gripping, but such events tend to quickly fade from outside observers’ collective memories. So was this just another gasp as Hong Kong slips further into mainland control? Or maybe something bigger is going on?

Things do look grim for Hong Kongers. Beijing is unlikely to back down—despite a tactical pause. Instead, operating through local Hong Kong officials, it will quietly—and ruthlessly—arrest or even “disappear” protest leaders or harass them.

To read more on The National Interest:

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