As the city loses its edge, many among its political and business elite who supported Beijing's crackdown are now looking to see how far they can veer from its rigid policies.
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Many veteran journalists have decided to leave the industry because they could not find a suitable position without compromising their "integrity and personal safety.”
Governments appear poised for more steps to silence critical media coverage in the year ahead.
The cases have been accompanied by a flurry of warnings by government officials that radicals could be planning more attacks.
Lam's approval rating plummeted to around 15% two years ago, and while it has since doubled, only about one in three residents support her.
City leaders have struggled to find a tracking system that both convinces Beijing to the unlock the border and avoids triggering a public backlash.
With their critics out, President Xi Jinping’s chosen representatives in Hong Kong are building a system that will make it much riskier for the opposition.
The U.K. is being portrayed in China-friendly Hong Kong newspaper editorials and online chat rooms as an undesirable place to live.
That uncertainty presents another roadblock in China’s efforts to extend its political influence across Asia, Africa and South America.
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