Understanding Hong Kong’s Turbulent Summer

After three months of protests, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam finally announced the withdrawal of a controversial bill that could allow for the extradition of individuals to mainland China. Although the proposed law was the original impetus for over a million Hong Kong residents taking to the streets, the protests have expanded in scope, with protesters also demanding an inquiry into police use of force, amnesty for arrested protestors, retraction of being labeled as “rioters”, and universal suffrage. More fundamentally, the protests have evolved into a broader expression of discontent with China’s governance of Hong Kong under the one country, two systems framework. The demonstrations are set to continue for the foreseeable future.

This article first appeared in Harvard Business Review on 2 October 2019
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