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China lacks soft touch in Hong Kong

By Martin Murphy

To do otherwise risks deepening internecine feuding, a hardening of anti-mainland China sentiment, and years of political paralysis and poor governance.

At the end of the day, a lighter hand in Hong Kong would be a reassuring gesture to Taiwan and positive sign of China’s evolving soft power, still lacking in much of the region, but few here in Hong Kong are counting on it.

Martin Murphy is a former US diplomat and was head of the economic-political section at the US consulate in Hong Kong from 2009 to 2012. A version of this article first appeared in Foreign Policy in Focus, a publication of the Washington-based think tank Institute for Policy Studies.

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