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relates to Xi's Tightening Grip on Hong Kong Ushers in New Era of Doubt
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Xi's Tightening Grip on Hong Kong Ushers in New Era of Doubt

Uncertainty remains over whether city can open up to the world

At the tip of Hong Kong’s iconic former airport runway on Victoria Harbour that once connected the financial hub with the world, masked officials from the city and the mainland last week celebrated the completion of a hastily built Covid-19 quarantine center.

The four-story Kai Tak Community Isolation Facility, replete with lifts, air conditioning and individual toilets, is one of nine centers totaling 50,000 rooms constructed with Chinese help after an omicron wave infected much of the city. Officials in the former British colony praised Beijing and gave the thumbs up sign while standing behind a banner that read: “Central Authorities Support Hong Kong; Fight Epidemic With One Heart.”