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Hong Kong protests

Xi misjudges depth of Hong Kong's fury

Residents say a resounding no to Beijing's tightening grip on the city

Protesters demand that Hong Kong leaders withdraw the extradition bill at a demonstration on June 16.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- When Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping set forth a "one country, two systems" principle to govern Hong Kong starting with its July 1997 handover from the U.K., guaranteeing a high level of autonomy and freedom of expression for 50 years, people worried what would happen in 2047.

Instead, they now face that reality nearly 30 years ahead of schedule under a Chinese leader who seems to put more weight on "one country" than "two systems."

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