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Hong Kong must carve its own place in China's future

Aftermath of protests should bring renewal of purpose to the city

| Hong Kong, Macao

Hong Kong's current unrest shows what can happen even in seemingly stable, relatively rich societies. The "winner-takes-all" creed of capitalism spread by globalization has left all social classes worse off except the super wealthy.

Discontent and fear, magnified through social media, have led to destruction and division. As the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China nears on Oct. 1 while the protests stretch into their fourth month, Hong Kong society is more conflicted than it has been in decades.

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