The Hong Kong government’s very different responses to two tragedies involving Hong Kong citizens provide a sharp look at official hypocrisy with a racist tinge. They are the August 2010 deaths of eight of the territory’s tourists at the hands of a lone gunman but featuring a botched rescue attempt by the Manila police, and the deaths of 39 Hong Kong citizens in a ferry sinking off Lamma island on Oct. 1, 2012 – China’s national day.

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