The unmaking of Hong Kong
It was the poster boy of laissez-faire economic success, but China’s heavy-handed approach to managing Hong Kong may change the lie of the land
In Hong Kong there is a saying that if the ground is level, the land is new. For many years, the islanders have been recovering territory from the sea, so much so that the practice is now frowned upon for fear the port might become too closed over.
Hong Kong island itself is precipitously steep and, perhaps surprisingly, largely covered by forests. Yet at the highest peak looking across to the bay, the tops of...
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