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Former top US diplomat in Hong Kong calls unrest the 'new normal'

Kurt Tong believes Beijing won't deploy PLA but sees no quick fix from political woes

Kurt Tong, the top U.S. diplomat in Hong Kong until July, said that foreign governments must speak up for the territory. (Photo by Yuki Kohara)

TOKYO -- Kurt Tong, U.S. consul general in Hong Kong for three years until July, sees no reprieve for the time being from the unrest that has rocked the territory for more than three months.

"I'm worried that there could be a new normal [for] Hong Kong," the former top American diplomat in Hong Kong told the Nikkei Asian Review on Wednesday. He said this new normal was one in which "Hong Kong [is thought] to be unstable politically but still a good place to do business."

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