HONG KONG/TAIPEI -- The governing principle of Hong Kong, summed up in the phrase "one country, two systems," was originally proposed by China to persuade Taiwan to accept rule by the mainland. Hong Kong was supposed to show how this creative principle would work in practice.
But after two decades, the experiment has effectively been called off. And as Beijing tightens its grip on the former British colony, people in Taiwan increasingly see themselves as separate from the Chinese. Now like-minded people in Hong Kong are feeling similarly alienated.