The Monitor's View Hong Kong's pearl of great price

Long known for its freedoms, Hong Kong faces a plan by China to restrict democracy by limiting candidates in the territory's elections. At the same time, China plans more freedom for its consumers and investors. The Communist Party sits on a contradiction.

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Ever since 1841, when Hong Kong became an open port for trade to the world, this “pearl of the Orient” has anchored its identity on freedom of choice. Even after 1997, when China took control of the territory from Britain, the spirit of freedom has prevailed.