“China’s power is now so omnipresent that Chan Tat Ching, once a hero of Hong Kong’s democracy movement, has spent the past year urging friends not to challenge Beijing. Three decades ago, after the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, Mr. Chan, a Hong Kong businessman, helped lead an operation that smuggled students and academics out of the mainland. But Beijing is more sophisticated now than in 1989, Mr. Chan said. It had cowed Hong Kong even without sending in troops; that demanded respect … ‘Some young people don’t get it. They think the Communist Party is a paper tiger,’ he said. ‘The Communist Party is a real tiger.'” Welcome to the new Hong Kong. Neighbors are urged to report on one another. Children are taught to look for traitors. Officials are pressed to pledge their loyalty. ‘A Form of Brainwashing’: China Remakes Hong Kong. (Note: This is one of the many NYT articles for which I’m using their new gift feature so non-subscribers can read it for free. Subscribers like me get 10 gift articles a month. If someone at the NYT wants to chat about giving NextDraft a few more, please hit me up.)