one country, two systems?

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I’ve been really impressed by the Economist’s semi-recent institution of a “correspondent’s diary”–essentially a 5-day blog, each time written by a different foreign correspondent.

this week’s is on Hong Kong and Taiwan (“Long-haired radicals seize power”), and muses whether the former–on the 10-year anniversary of its return to the Mainland–has been a shining example of “one country, two systems” (the author’s conclusion: Taipei doesn’t give a damn about HK). From HK paranoia about the mainland being behind everything, to pollution, land reclamation, “elections”, and the rudeness of locals… it’s a pretty entertaining and accurate depiction, from what I can tell. (though if hong kongers could be said to be polite nowadays, I’d hate to see how they were 20 years ago)