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Beijing won't allow Hong Kong to sing from a different song sheet

Xi runs risks of provoking backlash but cannot allow protests which might stir mainland instability

| Hong Kong, Macau
Hong Kong football fans hold boo signs during the Chinese national anthem in Nov. 2015.   © Reuters

How do you convince several million Hong Kongers who fear Beijing's growing influence to learn to stop worrying and love the Chinese Communist Party?

Threatening them with three years in jail for disrespecting the national anthem, as the semi-autonomous Hong Kong government is proposing in a new law, is not likely to win many hearts and minds.

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