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Why Beijing Is So Reluctant To Suppress Protests in Hong Kong

1 month ago   |   By Fortune

As Chinese paramilitary guards drilled on Hong Kong's border last Thursday, China's ambassador to the United Kingdom assured journalists Beijing had “enough solutions and enough power to swiftly quell unrest” in Hong Kong. And yet demonstrations have raged across the city for eleven weeks. So why hasn't Beijing already sent in the troops?
Over the long run, using outside troops to subdue Hong Kong could trigger an exodus of talent and capital from Hong Kong. Such a move would inflame China's already tempestuous relationship with the United States, possibly triggering economic sanctions. If...
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