By Yang Jianli and Aaron Rhode
In Hong Kong, hundreds of thousands of protesters are expected for weekend rallies following the aggressive pro-democracy demonstrationsat Hong Kong International Airport last week, bringing the region to the brink of military intervention by Beijing.
Such tactics provide a clear pretext for mainland forces to punish and eradicate what they see as a challenge to the authority of Xi Jinping. The mainland government has encroached upon the liberties of Hong Kongers and likely is waiting for events that could legitimize a complete political takeover of the territory, ending the “one country, two systems” model 28 years ahead of schedule – with time to clean up before the 70th commemoration of the People’s Republic of China in October…
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