China Spots An Opportunity On Hong KongMore

(Bloomberg) —

The coronavirus pandemic has halted protests in Hong Kong over the extent to which China looms over the Asian financial hub’s affairs. Even so, it may have just driven that discontent briefly underground.

Hong Kong sits uneasily within Chinese rule. It was rocked by enormous, violent protests last year. Now it seems China has decided the moment is right to try and stamp dissent out for good.

Over the weekend the Beijing-backed Hong Kong government arrested 15 people, including prominent pro-democracy activists and a lawmaker. It came after Xia Baolong — a close aide to President Xi Jinping — was installed to oversee Hong Kong affairs.

China had expressed exasperation of late over opposition lawmakers in Hong Kong’s parliament, accusing them

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