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Autonomy limited: Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, and the U.S.

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The Presidential Ideas Festival was held May 21-23, 2019.

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January 31, 2020

Evan Feigenbaum, Syaru Shirley Lin

Hosted by Harry Harding

For more than six months, widespread protests calling for greater autonomy and democracy have swept over Hong Kong. In early January, Taiwan will hold its quadrennial presidential and legislative elections. These developments reflect the emergence and consolidation of distinctive local identities in both Hong Kong and Taiwan—identities rooted not in ethnicity, since both places are predominantly Han Chinese, but in social and political values and political and economic systems that have become markedly different from those on mainland China.