China Woos Taiwan, Whips Hong Kong

Beijing should get comfortable with the freedoms it's already promised to the people of Hong Kong. Its pledges to extend the same sort of flexibility and consideration to Taiwan might be more believable then.
Occupy Central has unnerved mainland authorities with threats to shut down the island's business district this fall. 

How do you woo a renegade province? If you're Yu Zhengsheng, a high-ranking Politburo member often described China's top political advisor, you do so by assuring the renegades that you really, truly do understand why they might resist your embrace. Consider what Yu had to say at a recent forum to promote exchanges between the mainland and Taiwan, the independent-minded island that the Chinese government badly wants to call its own:

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