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China-HK bridge stokes unease in HK

Reuters, PEARL RIVER ESTUARY, China

Critics say that undermines Hong Kong’s autonomy under a “one country, two systems” formula, under which the territory returned to Chinese rule.

“I don’t think many Hong Kong people mind to be integrated ... but what we want is to do it democratically,” said Eddie Chu (朱凱迪), who led protests against the rail link and is now an elected lawmaker.

“Behind all the protests in the last 10 to 15 years, the core idea is democracy and it’s an extension of the democratic movement, whether we have popular control over the direction of economic development and town planning,” he said.

However, project leader Wei, dressed in gray overalls and a white hard hat, celebrates the integration that the critics decry.

“It’s actually one bridge, three systems. It’s about the law, policy, transportation policy, customs policy,” Wei said. “The bridge is becoming a new icon.”

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