My new commentary for the Bangkok Post’s Asia Focus section on Hong Kong’s protests. Events have taken a different turn than anticipated since this was written, but given that the extradition bill probably hasn’t been defeated for good, it’s still worth analyzing how China is unlikely to let this slide.
A million people on the streets. A demonstration that stretched across Causeway Bay. A movement that foreign media breathlessly dubbed Hong Kong’s “last stand”. Last week’s protests marked a historic moment, but they also had an idealistic, almost fatalistic, air.