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Inequality in Hong Kong

Oct 21 , 2014

The talks in Hong Kong between pro-Chinese government officials and pro-democracy student leaders are aimed mainly at easing tensions in the streets. Not on the agenda is fundamental reform of the conditions that provoked the unrest.

Chief among these conditions is China’s refusal to loosen its grip on the city’s political system by allowing full and open democratic elections for Hong Kong’s top public office, as it had promised to do. The protesters insist that it is their right to choose who runs Hong Kong, but Beijing-backed officials have supported only cosmetic changes to the city’s restrictive election law.

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