Sound of Hong Kong's defiance reverberates in Beijing

Beijing’s public support for Hong Kong leader likely hides private fury, but letting her go would be another humiliation

The most obvious casualty of Hong Kong’s extraordinary uprising against chief executive, Carrie Lam, and her campaign to tie the city more closely to China, will be the bureaucrat-turned-politician’s own career. If she stays on, it will only be as a lame duck leader.

But the city’s turmoil is also a major challenge to her boss and patron, Chinese president, Xi Jinping.

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