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Hong Kongers have long lived a freer, more cosmopolitan lifestyle than most Chinese, and prejudice against mainlanders is pervasive. Free speech and an independent press are enshrined in the Basic Law that has governed the city since the handover. They’re proud of their distinct cuisine and language, speaking Cantonese rather than the Mandarin more common in greater #China
. But critics fear China’s encroachment may bring an end to all that. In recent days, the specific issue at hand was a bill that would allow the extradition of fugitives to stand trial in mainland China. Beijing might use the law to nab opponents and submit them to its notoriously opaque justice system, they say. In other words, the contest for #HongKong
reflects the stakes for the larger world that China seeks to lead. The rise of #Beijing
has been the major global story of the new century. But the very breadth of that ascent and the bland labels of the areas where it has edged toward dominance—trade, infrastructure, finance, tech—have served to mask the nature of the system China brings with it. That system is control. Read this week's Asia cover story at the link in bio. Photograph by Kin Cheung—@apnews