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Xi Jinping

Oppression at a price [Commentary]

Oppression at a price [Commentary]

Beijing is willing to pay a high price to limit democracy in Hong Kong. In August, Beijing announced that, after years of delay, voters in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China may finally, for the first time, elect their chief executive, roughly the equivalent of a mayor, in 2017. However, there was a big catch. Supporters of the Chinese Communists would determine who could run. This sparked some of the largest protests in the city's history. In 1984, when Great Britain agreed to return the colony to Chinese rule, Beijing promised that the chief executive would be elected by the people of Hong Kong — but never specified the...