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Roots of the Hong Kong Crisis

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Hong Kong, the Pearl of the East, lives in much turmoil. The ongoing political crisis and massive protests have drawn a large amount of international concern and attention. There are multiple explanations of what has happened in Hong Kong. Some may say it is for “wider demands for democratic reform.” On the mainland side, some may argue, “The demonstrations in Hong Kong are not about rights or democracy. They are a result of foreign interference.”

However, people have ignored another very important perspective of the protests in Hong Kong, which is, economics. Hong Kong does have a strong economy, it still plays an important role in international trade and financial services. However, under prosperity, there are extreme challenges that will lead to explosions in the Hong Kong society. The unbalanced economic development, enlarged inequality, and the failure of the Hong Kong government in addressing economics issue fuelled the anger of the people and dragged Hong Kong into the ongoing crisis. The extradition bill, in my opinion, is just the spark that ignited the society’s anger.

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