Chinese debate status of Kashmir and Hong Kong after India scraps J-K’s special status


India’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir has sparked discussions in China’s social media whether Beijing should deal with Hong Kong, engulfed in violent anti-mainland protests for several weeks, in a similar way.

China rules Hong Kong under the “one country, two systems” norm under which citizens of the city enjoy several rights not available to mainland citizens; it has a high degree of autonomy except in defence and foreign affairs.

Hong Kong is one of China’s special administrative zones like Macau; in other words, it has “special status”.After Britain returned Hong Kong to China in 1997, the two countries agreed that it will be fully integrated with mainland China in 2047.

The unrest in Hong Kong began in June over a law that would have allowed criminals to be extradited from the city to mainland China. Read more

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