Hong Kong’s Historic Elections?

Hong Kong recently had elections which were hailed by many as historic for the number of young pro-independence activists elected and the record turnout of voters. This is almost certainly due to Beijing’s recent more hardline approach to Hong Kong and activists in general, which in this case may have backfired. Despite these new legislators, however, the more conservative political factions in Hong Kong retain a majority, and the opposition, while more radical, is still quite fragmented. The composition of the assembly itself also means change may not be quick, but the results must still worry China, though what it means longterm for both China and Hong Kong is far from clear.

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