A Minor Case Shows Depressing Change in…

Hong Kong presents itself as Asia’s World City and constantly emphasizes how it is ruled by law and correct procedures. But as Hong Kong draws closer into China’s web, the reality appears to be increasingly diverging from the image. One small example illustrates how the territory’s long-standing defense of civil rights is growing more subject to the kind of greed and bureaucratic arrogance that exists over the border. Recently a pregnant American woman in transit at Hong Kong International Airport who had been given medical clearance to fly suddenly started to deliver. What happened to the woman was emblematic of bigger, more problematic issues in which rights are being challenged.

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