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No turning back? China, Hong Kong and the post-Covid 19 world

THE DEBATE
THE DEBATE © FRANCE 24

A turning point for Hong Kong and for the planet? Days after China announced a new security law that could effectively submit Hong Kongers to the same censorship as the mainland, local authorities for the first time banned annual June 4 pro-democracy commemorations in that former UK possession. Will the tightening of the screws undermine Hong Kong's place as the world's third-biggest financial centre, or will it be business as usual?

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What to make of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's suggestion of a path to citizenship for up to 3 million Hong Kong residents? More broadly, what will be the perception of China going forward in a post-pandemic world?

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