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To the attendees, the Hong Kong demonstration reflected growing frustration, not only with China's leaders, but also with their own.In reality, China now exercises near total control over Hong Kong's management.China no longer believes that local leaders can competently govern the Hong Kong "special administrative region," no matter how sympathetic they are to the Chinese Communist Party. Tung was a tone-deaf political leader. He chose to ignore the fact that Hong Kong was built by refugees from China, comfortable with British rule, and was always fidgety about China's politics.China's leaders didn't want another compliant "patriotic Chinese city" on China's soil.Both claimed, without providing evidence, that "hostile" foreign forces, seeking to pry Hong Kong away from China, were behind the city's many troubles.Even when compared to Singapore – traditionally dismissed by Hong Kong residents as an excessively taxed authoritarian city-state, compared to their own low-tax laissez-faire economy – Hong Kong comes up short.Hong Kong remains important to China's leaders, politically and economically.
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