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    Where's it headed? I know the 50 year thing will end, but will HKers protest? Can they do anything or will Beijing CRUSH opp? I remember demonstrations last summer/summer before about a law allowing police raids w/out a warrant. With mainlanders flowing into HK, will it become just like China?
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    I doubt it. In fact, I think we're seeing the Hong Kongification of the People's Republic at the moment. It fast became obvious to the party that their brand of Communism wasn't working and when they made small steps towards capitalism, they realised things improved dramatically.

    There is no place in the world for the ideological battles of the Cold War. The next wars will be about sheer economic power. China realises that by accepting Hong Kong style economic practices, it can become a superpower.

    Alas I imagine democracy will suffer. But then again, even under the British Hong Kong wasn't exactly a shining beacon of democracy. In the end, the position of both parties will be a compromise.
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    Democracy in Hong Kong has never existed, the British only introduced some half hearted attempts at it to annoy the Chinese immediately before they took over.

    Eventually the rest of China will adopt a similar style of government to that which we see in Hong Kong now, although Hong Kong itself will become less significant as Beijing seeks to promote Shanghai as its main figurehead of development.
 
 
 

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