Holmes Chan is a freelance journalist from Hong Kong. He was previously a senior reporter at Hong Kong Free Press, where he covered politics, law, and social movements, including the 2019 pro-democracy protests.
The latest “us-versus-them” drama shows China sees little chance of mending ties with the West, for now at least.
A gesture of solidarity, yes. But the mass resignation by 15 pro-democracy lawmakers was also an admission of defeat.
Beijing’s proposed new national security law raises the stakes of pro-democracy protests.