Why all sides must take a step back in Hong Kong

By Kerry Brown
Updated August 21 2019 - 2:23pm, first published August 17 2019 - 12:00am

Even among those who have never visited the territory, Hong Kong is held in great affection. But with its airport having become a battleground between protesters and police, the bemused reaction of tourists passing through over the past few days is symbolic of the confusion that everyone feels about the seemingly endless conflict there. Even the hitherto inattentive Donald Trump is starting to offer advice. As ever, Beijing's silence is ominous.

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