How a Crackdown in Hong Kong Would Reverberate, From Shanghai to Taiwan

Police officers take part in a drill in Shenzhen city, Guangdong province, China, August 6, 2019 (ImagineChina photo via AP Images).
Police officers take part in a drill in Shenzhen city, Guangdong province, China, August 6, 2019 (ImagineChina photo via AP Images).
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A drive to the airport in Shanghai from an outlying suburb earlier this week revealed an entirely new city to me. Brand new high-rise apartments rose in thick clusters in the near distance, as new access roads zigged, zagged and looped around new train and subway stations. Mine was not the usual surprise of newcomers to this city, but rather that of someone who had lived there for six years, up until 2009. Shanghai was already plenty big and new and physically impressive then. But to look at the way entirely new zones—from Pudong in the east to the southwestern […]

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