Martin Lee: Hong Kong’s Shaky Democratic Future

Martin Lee | 13 March 2014 | New York Times

The world backed the deal to transfer Hong Kong from Britain to China when China’s paramount leader, Deng Xiaoping, promised to uphold a new arrangement he called “one country, two systems.” We took these words to heart.

By denying Hong Kong the right to democratically elect our leader and all of our legislators while interfering more and more with our freedoms, Beijing is undermining the framework established in 1997 that protects Hong Kong peoples’ basic rights. Worse, the central government’s interference sets up a perpetual confrontation with Beijing, leaving Hong Kongers no other political outlet than protesting in the streets.

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