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China Turns to a Failed Plan to Quell Hong Kong’s Protests

The city’s leaders believe a revamped education system will make its people more loyal to Beijing and less likely to protest.
Source: Danish Siddiqui / Reuters

HONG KONG—After months of protests, an embarrassing rebuke at the ballot box, a pair of new laws in the United States targeting Hong Kong, and a worsening economic outlook, the territory’s leader, Carrie Lam, promised to do some soul-searching. It seemed an appropriate response: Her city looked to have changed, gripped by a suddenly politically engaged populace determined to face down the authorities.

And in recent days, it appears Lam has indeed emerged with a solution for how to quell unrest here: Faced with demands for greater freedoms, an end to police brutality, and full universal suffrage, she has determined that what Hong Kong’s people really need is more Chinese-style patriotic education instead.

In remarks that illustrated the vast disconnect that remains between Hong Kong’s people and its leaders, that efforts needed to be made to “enhance education” among students of Hong Kong’s governance and to “enhance a sense of identity,” particularly

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