lørdag 13. mars 2021

China's parliament remakes Hong Kong in its own image

For almost 24 years, Hong Kong has been a kind of unwitting political laboratory, the subject of an experiment centred on the defining ideological divide of our time. Could two entirely incompatible sets of values - authoritarianism and democracy - be held together, if not in harmony, then at least in some kind of mutual accommodation, in one city?

This was exactly what the Sino-British deal of 1984 had in mind as it laid the groundwork for the territory's eventual handback to China in 1997. "One Country, Two Systems", as the formula is known, is meant to allow Hong Kong to continue until at least 2047 with its free speech, its independent courts and its vibrant - if limited - democracy, while the new sovereign power maintains its rigid, one-party rule.