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History is the most powerful guide to the present, because it speaks to what is permanent in our humanity

The 1930s are an abiding lesson in the possibility of democratic collapse once elites fail.

Events evoke not the 1930s but the period before the first world war

Martin Wolf 26 November 2019

High stakes in Hong Kong

President Xi faces the greatest test of ‘one China’ sovereignty — four books look at Beijing’s dilemma

The "Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act" is sailing through the US Congress. The legislation cocks the trigger on a US sanctions regime covering trade, finance, and technology. 

Its potent wording threatens the long-term survival of the enclave as a global financial and trading hub.

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard 19 November 2019

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