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Mr Tung defuses the issue in Hong Kong

Good news, although good news about bad news, from Hong Kong:

Hong Kong’s chief executive, Tung Chee-hwa, did something yesterday that Chinese Communist leaders never do on the mainland. He deferred to the clearly expressed majority will in Hong Kong and withdrew legislation for a repressive new security law he was trying to impose.

That’s paragraph one of the New York Times report. This final paragraph reads very European doesn’t it? …

Mr. Tung says he still thinks that new security legislation is needed but is now prepared to wait until there is clearer public support. His plan may be to defuse the issue until after the legislative elections and then try again. Hong Kong’s people will not be deceived so easily.

…except that Europeans are probably a bit easier to deceive.

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