Hong Kong Squanders a Valuable Asset

The Hong Kong government itself is taking the lead in undermining the judicial autonomy which the territory is supposed to enjoy and which makes it unique, not only in China but in Asia. In doing so it threatens the territory's position as an international center that can deliver autonomous justice in commercial disputes. In particular, the government has intervened in a case before the Court of Final Appeal to press the widest possible interpretation of powers reserved for Beijing under the Basic Law, Hong Kong's mini constitution.

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