Why yellow, blue Hong Kong are both to blame for city’s identity crisis

  • There is a growing risk the behaviour of local society will increasingly resemble that of the mainland as Beijing’s influence becomes pervasive

  • Hong Kong needs to refresh its own system to make it more sustainable and avoid having Beijing intervene further in its affairs

Illustration: Stephen Case

Hong Kong politics is often described as a contest between the blue and yellow camps. On the blue side are the conservative, pro-establishment forces, many of whom are people disillusioned by the West because of what they see as its growing bias against China.

Across the divide is the other Hong Kong, consisting of people who identify with what they perceive to be Western values. Some of them retain an emotional bond with the territory’s heritage as a British colony and wish for more distance for Hong Kong from the mainland.

This situation is all wrong. Dug into their trenches, both sides are missing the key point about Hong Kong. The point is that from here on, there are only two roads left on which to travel.

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