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The U.S. flag has become a symbol of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests, as it was on Oct. 14 as people demonstrated against the invocation of emergency law.    © Reuters
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KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | Hong Kong, Macao

TOKYO -- Chinese President Xi Jinping was right.

At the beginning of this year, Xi told Chinese Communist Party cadres to watch out for "black swans" and "gray rhinos." They have both appeared, simultaneously and in full force. Not in Beijing, but Hong Kong.

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