Magazine August 2, 2021, Issue

The Fate of Hong Kong

Nathan Law, then 23, and the youngest person ever elected to Hong Kong’s Legislative Council, arrested on June 28, 2017 (Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images)
In a great, free city, the lights go out

Simply put, “2047 has arrived.” These are the words of Nathan Law, a Hong Kong democracy leader, now in exile. Hong Kong was supposed to have 50 years, starting with the “handover” on July 1, 1997: 50 years of democratic life, 50 years of autonomy. The relevant slogan was “One country, two systems.” Hong Kong would be a little exception in vast, Communist-ruled China.

Cruelly, however, Hong Kong got half its allotment — not even that. Hong Kong is now a Chinese city like any other, more or less. In other words, it is unfree, and horrifying.

At the end of June,

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