Extradition Impossible

“Hundreds of thousands of protesters shut down parts of Hong Kong yesterday, marching against a proposed law that would allow extradition to China. Organizers claim that more than 1 million demonstrators took to the streets to denounce the proposal, the largest such public demonstration in years.” Here are photos from the protests. Will the protests work? It’s unlikely. From the BBC: Do China demonstrations ever work? “One major change has been that China’s leader, Xi Jinping, has pursued a much harder stance than his predecessor … The second related change has been that China’s economy has become much stronger.”

+ It “suggests a further erosion of U.S. influence in a region where its longtime security partners are increasingly swayed by Chinese investment.” LA Times: Why a ban on Huawei is being ignored by some of the oldest U.S. allies in Asia.

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