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Top US Official in Hong Kong Offers ‘Grim Accounting’ of City’s Future

  • Smith says its not in China’s interest to see city decline
  • Hong Kong has become another flashpoint in US-China relations
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Former Top Hong Kong Adviser Chan on City's Prospects

The top US official in Hong Kong urged China not to further endanger the laws and values that helped the city develop, saying that the metropolis’s role as a business hub is quickly eroding under Beijing’s watch.  

“Let Hong Kong be Hong Kong,” US Consul General Hanscom Smith said Wednesday at a virtual event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Calling his overview a “grim accounting” of the city, he said that “it’s in no one’s interest, least of all China’s, for Hong Kong to become just another mainland city.”