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Hong Kong's narrow path going forward in the next 25 years

Moderate pro-Beijing heavyweights see role as 'connector' between China and West

President Xi Jinping’s tightened grip on Hong Kong, especially the imposition of the national security law two years ago, has completely stifled opportunities for people to speak with their feet for free elections like this one on New Year’s Day in 2014.  (Nikkei montage/AFP/Kenji Kawase)

HONG KONG - A quarter of a century has lapsed since the handover of Hong Kong's sovereignty, marking the halfway point of the commitment made by China to preserve the "one country, two systems" policy for at least 50 years.

As the promise has virtually dwindled, especially after the imposition of the national security law two years ago, moderate pro-Beijing heavyweights are seeking a narrow path for the city's future.

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