The name of the Hong Kong government’s game: confrontation. That is the only conclusion which can be drawn from recent episodes which have pitted the territory’s Chief Executive, C.Y. Leung, against liberal and pro-democracy groups and individuals. It matters not that for these and plenty of other reasons, Leung’s popularity remains very low. What matters to him is whether he is faithfully carrying out the instructions he received from Beijing and its local representative, the Central Government Liaison Office.

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