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A man watches the television as Carrie Lam makes an announcement on the extradition bill. A man watches the television as Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam makes an announcement on the extradition bill, in Hong Kong, Sept. 4, 2019 (AP photo by Vincent Yu).

Is Lam’s Withdrawal of the Hong Kong Extradition Law ‘Too Little, Too Late?’

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019

Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday, WPR Newsletter and Engagement Editor Benjamin Wilhelm curates the week’s top news and expert analysis on China.

Hoping to “allay public concerns,” Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Wednesday announced the full withdrawal of the controversial extradition bill that sparked months of protests in the semiautonomous Chinese territory. Despite meeting this key demand of the protesters, Lam’s retreat was received with skepticism by the city’s pro-democracy activists and lawmakers, suggesting that Hong Kong’s embattled leader is not yet out of the woods. ...

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