lørdag 20. juli 2019

This is not alarmist talk: Hong Kong is heading for a breakdown in law and order

Last week in Hong Kong, a well-respected businessman told me that as the city’s recent cycle of violence escalated, he had started receiving emails from overseas friends asking about his well-being and expressing concerns about the  city’s overall safety.

On Tuesday, Charles Li Xiaojia, chief executive of stock market operator Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, told reporters international investors had voiced concerns about the fallout from the protestsagainst the now-defunct extradition bill. Fortunately, no one had yet voted with their feet by leaving Hong Kong, he added. Alas, that may change as the city braces for more violent protests in the coming weeks and months, particularly if last Sunday is any indication and political crisis cannot be averted.