søndag 16. juni 2019

Will Beijing still support Carrie Lam after Hong Kong extradition bill debacle?

Three days after Hong Kong’s biggest protest march since the 1997 handover, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor remained unmoved. “The lady is not for turning” was a line that came to the minds of many who know her, evoking the steely utterance of the late British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in the face of resistance.

Lam gave an interview on Wednesday morning, taped at 8.30am at Government House, where she insisted she was pressing ahead with her controversial extradition bill. Such was her defiance, even though hundreds of thousands had marched against the highly unpopular bill on Sunday and tens of thousands more were about to surround the Legislative Council that very morning.