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Agnes Chow, left, and Joshua Wong speak to the Nikkei Asian Review in Tokyo on June 14. (Photo by Yoichi Iwata)

Hong Kong trimmed to 'one country, 1.5 systems'

Student activists argue that the next decade is crucial to secure democracy

KEN MORIYASU, Nikkei deputy editor

TOKYO -- When China regained sovereignty over Hong Kong from the U.K. in 1997, Beijing promised to maintain a policy of "one country, two systems" for 50 years. Yet, less than half way through its shelf life, the policy feels like "one country, 1.5 systems," say student activists who led the 79-day pro-democracy protests in 2014. 

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