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A lesson in how we undermine our own interests

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For the Hong Kong government, there is no reason to provoke the Americans. For the opposition, there is no need to aggravate Beijing. However, both sides seem oblivious that their respective responses to a US congressional report may be damaging the interests of the city they claim to serve.

The latest annual report by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission has criticised alleged mainland interference in Hong Kong and cast doubt on continuing America’s treatment of the city and the mainland as two separate customs entities. That separation is especially important for Hong Kong to be exempt from American trade sanctions and restrictions on technology transfer.

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To be sure, the self-styled........

© South China Morning Post