Even amid the US ‘crusade’ against China, Hong Kong can be a critical connecting point between the two powers

Even amid the US ‘crusade’ against China, Hong Kong can be a critical connecting point between the two powers

  • Far from ‘just another Chinese city’, Hong Kong’s unique nature could be all the more valuable amid worsening Beijing-Washington relationship
  • Still open and internationalised, the city fits the purpose for more constructive people-to-people exchanges during a challenging time

Is Hong Kong becoming just “another Chinese city” or will it retain its distinct identity?

This was a key question debated in a recent webinar organised by the South China Morning Post with panellists including Hong Kong trade minister Edward Yau Tang-wah, former US top envoy to the city Kurt Tong, and prominent businessman Allan Zeman, exploring the profound impacts of the national security law imposed on the city by Beijing.

Surprisingly, or not, the consensus was “no, it is not just another Chinese city”, although Yau and Tong did disagree on the need for and concerns over the new law.

So, is Hong Kong too special to fall, or is that just wishful thinking?

To a certain extent – and ironically – the worse the bilateral relationship between Washington and Beijing, the more they should recognise the uniqueness of Hong Kong.