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Hong Kong's faith in rule of law shaken by China ruling

A protester holds a yellow umbrella as she protests in Hong Kong, early on November 7, 2016Hong Kong has regarded China with apprehension since its 1997 handover, but Beijing’s latest intervention has shaken faith in the city’s cherished rule of law, and its status as a place to do business in Asia. The dispute flared after the young lawmakers — whose calls for a split are seen as treasonous — deliberately misread their oaths of office, inserting expletives and draping themselves with “Hong Kong is not China” flags. It was not the first time Beijing has waded into the affairs of the semi-autonomous city, but it made clearer the lines in the sand of China’s tolerance for freedoms not seen on the mainland.

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