Why the West cannot leave Hong Kong alone

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The Anglophone countries’ critical reaction to elections in Hong Kong reveals their inability to accept that the city is no longer under their influence – the result of an Imperialist mindset they cannot leave in the past.

Last week saw the first legislative council elections in Hong Kong since the beginning of the pandemic. This was a significant event, as earlier this year China’s National People’s Congress had overhauled the electoral system, reducing the number of seats and the number of candidates, and vetting those who wanted to stand to ensure their loyalty to China.

Beijing had deemed the measures necessary to restore stability and order to the city, following a year of violent US-backed protests in 2019, which were brought to an end with the introduction of a national security law.

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