Your Thursday Briefing

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Why did Xi Jinping and the remainder of China’s management resolve to behave now?

Vivian: The brief reply is the big antigovernment protest motion in 2019, in response to a authorities proposal that might have allowed extraditions to mainland China.

The size of the protests actually shook Beijing. All of the earlier protest actions had lasted a couple of months, at most. This time, there was enormous help, and it wasn’t dying down by itself.

From Beijing’s perspective, has the crackdown labored? And has it created any issues for the central authorities?

In some ways, it has completely labored. There aren’t any extra avenue protests. There’s in depth self-censorship. Nearly each distinguished pro-democracy activist is in exile, in jail, awaiting trial or has disappeared from public life.

However there’s plenty of simmering anger amongst Hong Kongers, even when they don’t dare categorical it publicly anymore.

Do individuals inside the motion see any purpose for optimism?

Ever because the safety regulation was enacted, the temper inside the pro-democracy motion has been bleak. I anticipated no less than some individuals to supply fiery defiance and remind individuals that there’s nonetheless hope — if solely simply as a rallying cry, whether or not they believed it or not. However fairly constantly throughout individuals I discuss to, the consensus is that there’s not a lot they will do to vary the scenario, no less than for now.

That’s it for this briefing. As of Tuesday, this text could have a brand new look. We hope you get pleasure from it. See you subsequent time.

— Whet and Amelia

Carole Landry helped write this briefing. Thanks to Melissa Clark for the recipe. You’ll be able to attain the crew at [email protected]

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