After 150 years of British rule, Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997. Hong Kong (as well as Macau and Taiwan) has operated semi-autonomously under what’s known as “one China, two systems”, with the promise of fully democratic elections in 2017. Earlier this summer, China mandated that a committee from Beijing would select the candidates for the vote. This has sparked a large outcry of protest from demonstrators demanding fair and free elections. Andy Rothman of Matthews Asia addresses his observations on the concerns and opportunities in this article.

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