Heating up in Hong Kong... Pro-capitalist protesters are edging into open confrontation and closer to violent confrontation against mainland Chinese manipulation of the political process. This is a real challenge for the Chinese government – they're walking a tightrope here. On the one hand, they've got the goose that lays the golden eggs (almost literally!) in Hong Kong, but on the other hand, the democratic and pro-business government is a direct threat (by example) to their top-down, socialist-leaning thugocracy on the mainland.
Will the mainland government cave, and allow Hong Kong to keep its free elections? Will they come down hard against a drift toward democracy, like they did at Tienanmen Square? Or will they find some middle road? I haven't a clue...
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